Film star Keanu Reeves targeted for agreeing to perform at Tibet House benefit

By Tenzin Lekdhen DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 25: Days after Hollywood star Keanu Reeves was announced to be performing at the Tibet House’s Annual Benefit Concert, Chinese nationalists have called for the boycott and censorship of his highly anticipated movie The Matrix Resurrections, the latest instalment in The Matrix series. The Tibet House US (THUS), is a […]

Non-consensual DNA samples of Tibetans, Uyghurs used in Chinese research papers

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 25: A science journal Human Genetics has taken down a research paper that used DNA samples taken from Tibetans, Uyghurs and Kazakhs, whose consent was most likely ignored during the research process, said the journal website. Their retraction note dated December 11, followed by thorough investigation, remarked that “upon original submission, the […]

Dalai Lama mourns the death of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 24: Foremost Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Saturday wrote to the Vietnamese followers of Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh who dies at the age of 95, expressing sadness over the passing away of a spiritual brother. The Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism in France revealed […]

Memoir of late Lodi Gyari, the former envoy scheduled for release

By Tenzin Lekdhen DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 21: The late Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari’s memoir titled “The Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy: Memoirs of a Lifetime in Pursuit of a Reunited Tibet” is scheduled for release in the coming fall. The book published by Columbia University Press chronicles Gyari Rinpoche’s role as the Dalai Lama’s special envoy and chief […]

Fire destroys Tibetan shops in Ambala

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 21: At least ten shops in the erstwhile Tibetan refugee market has been destroyed due to fire around 3.30 am on Friday in the city of Ambala in Haryana state. There are no reported injuries or casualties as all three people on night duty were able to escape the fire […]

Kashag issues stern warning to Tibetans against defaming the Dalai Lama

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 21: The 16th Kashag in a statement published on Wednesday said that there would be official repercussions if anyone is found guilty of spreading or misusing false narratives about His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the social media or other platforms. The circular issued by the Kashag has affirmed to implement […]

France should advocate Tibet at the EU, says French Senator

By Tenzin Lekdhen DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 19: French Senator Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio said France should lead the European Union on the question of Tibet as France recently assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the European Council. The French Tibet Support Group in France’s senate met Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) representative Tashi Phuntsok of Bureau du Tibet, Brussels, […]

Former political prisoner interrogated for his language advocacy

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 19: The former political prisoner Tashi Wangchuk, known for his advocacy of language rights, was again interrogated for calling out the Chinese government on language restrictions in the public domain. The Tibetan activist had spent five years in prison for “inciting separatism” after he spoke to The New York Times about the problems […]

Netherlands, Denmark join diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 19: The US-led diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics has been joined by two other Western nations; Denmark and Netherlands, citing Covid-19 and human rights concerns as their reasons for withdrawal. No official representation from these countries will be seen at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter […]

Tulku Tenzin Delek statue seized by Chinese police in Kardze

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 18: The revered Tibetan religious leader and community figure Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s life-size statue was seized by the Chinese police in June last year, which led to several arrests of those involved in manufacturing and transporting the statue. Radio Free Asia service reported that the statue was commissioned by the late […]