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Chupa Day!

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My Lhakar action today is simple. I put on a chupa instead of jeans and a blazer. Actually, I just finished teaching my composition class at Columbia in my chupa. Inevitably, we ended… Continue reading

Listening to Our Teachers: Kirti Rimpoche and Professor Thurman Speak in NYC

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Like many Tibetans, I have been grieving the situation in Tibet these last months, asking myself what can I possibly do in this seemingly hopeless situation. But yesterday I felt re-energized and inspired… Continue reading

Nepal, Can’t We Be Friends Again?

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{I originally wrote this for the Tibetan Political Review so I’m cross-posting with their permission.} Just days ago, on November 13th, Telegraph Nepal reported a rather alarming statement from a spokesperson of Nepal’s… Continue reading

How About Some R-e-s-p-e-c-t?

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A video has just emerged of the Chinese military lockdown in Ngaba. It was shot clandestinely by Agence France-Presse and shows the tense faces of Tibetans living with an overwhelming number of military personnel, trucks… Continue reading

Finding Tibet in Central Europe, Part III: Auschwitz

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Jews have been perennial favorites for xenopobic misinterpretation…The Middle Ages accused [them] of crimes ranging from the bringing of the plague to bleeding Christian children to make their Passover meal. Nazi Germay simply… Continue reading

Finding Tibet in Central Europe, Part II: Warsaw

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“You have to go to Warsaw,” said my friend. “It’s like the next Berlin!” This friend isn’t one for exaggeration, so I said, “Ok, fine.” and penciled Poland as the next stop on… Continue reading

The Voice of Tawu

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[Guest post by Gabriel Feinstein Jr. – in collaboration with anonymous Tibetans] Following is an interview with a brave Tibetan, herein dubbed “the voice of Tawu.” He is Rinpoche, a teacher, a friend,… Continue reading

Finding Tibet in Central Europe, Part I: Berlin

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After action camp, I decided to travel for twelve days, making a boomerang trail around Central Europe. I never did the “backpacking around Europe” thing in college – I was more of the… Continue reading

Remembering Tsewang Norbu on Lhakar

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[Guest post by Migmar Dhakyel of Switzerland] The horrifying news reached me on last Monday evening when I got home. I read the articles online about Tsewang Norbu’s self-immolation. I felt so shocked,… Continue reading

Climbing Trees with My (Incredible, Giggling, Modest) Heroes

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I’ve just spent the last week training climbing in the German countryside. Among the student participants were dozens of activists from all across Europe and the world. But because I was the only… Continue reading