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Bhuchung D. Sonam: Book Review of “A Home in Tibet” By Tsering Wangmo Dhompa

Source: High Peaks Pure Earth High Peaks Pure Earth presents a guest post by Bhuchung D. Sonam. The guest post is a book review of “A Home in Tibet”, the first-full length book from US based Tibetan female poet Tsering Wangmo Dhompa. “A Home in Tibet” has been published by Penguin Books India and will … Continue reading

Prayers Answered, From Baltistan to Ladakh

Source: Yuthok Lane Thoughts on Geleck Palsang’s Prayers Answered I have an offering: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1591 A short 29 minute documentary about the journey of a group of small Balti children from Turtuk, the very border of India, Pakistan and Tibet, to a Tibetan school in Ladakh, Prayers Answered is a really charming small film with a … Continue reading

“The Military Bunkers Across Lhasa in 1959″ By Woeser

Source: High Peaks Pure Earth A street scene in Lhasa during the Cultural Revolution, Red Guards and enthusiasts – “upper layer patriots” – are parading. In the upper right-hand corner of the image is a square-shaped house, one of the military bunkers built by the PLA. When the Cultural Revolution engulfed the city of Lhasa, … Continue reading

ON THE PANCHEN LAMA By (the late) W.G.Surkhang

Source: Case Western Reserve University [Editor’s Note: A series of draft essays (in English) were recently discovered in Seattle by Dr. Larry Epstein among the papers of the late Professor Turrell V. Wylie. Written by the late Surkhang Shape while he was a member of the Inner Asia Project of the University of Washington (in … Continue reading

The Birth Story (The Gesar of Ling Epic)

Source: Echoes in  The ruler, Senglon married Gyaza; The great hero Gyatsa Shelkar was born; The Ling people had a grand birth ceremony And the Chinese ruler offered three weapons. Here is the account of the birth of Sengchen Norbu Dradul – the ‘Great Lion Gem that Subdues enemies’. In the lineage of the Mukpo Dong … Continue reading

MWA Is The Worst Proposal

Source: The Tibetan Political Review By Chewang Ngokhang (Southern California). Yes, MWA or the Middle Way Approach is the worst form of proposal on the table except for the rest. Some of you will be able to know where I am coming from. Today, many youth in China are lamenting that Beijing is not doing enough … Continue reading

The Museum on the Roof of the World: My Take

Source: Lhakar Diaries by dlo08 I really enjoyed reading Clare Harris’s The Museum on the Roof of the World  (2012). On finishing the first half of the book, which went into detailed analysis on the political life of archival documentation, specifically images of Tibet-ans, I immediately found myself wishing I had read this book to … Continue reading

An Old Flame Never Dies

Source: Mountain Phoenix Over Tibet I should have declined. But he was a friend and so I agreed to take three watches and deliver them to his brother. “It’s just watches, easy to pack, no weight”, so I thought to myself. When he actually handed the watches over though, they came in expensive-looking, bulky boxes … Continue reading

Shakabpa and the awakening of Tibetan history by Jamyang Norbu

Source: Phayul Academic scholarship may not generally lend itself to moving or inspirational writing, but there are exceptions. Edward Gibbon’s, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, is probably the greatest work of history written in the English language (Hugh Trevor-Roper) and a literary masterpiece praised for its narrative clarity, biting … Continue reading

Tibetans in the Chinese Communist Party Leadership

Source: Tibetreports By Buchung K. Tsering September 28, 2012 The Chinese Communist Party has finally announced that its 18th Party Congress will be held from November 8, 2012. I would, therefore, like to look at its significance from a Tibetan point of view, but from a different angle. Of course, the new leadership of China … Continue reading


Source: Lhakar Diaries     ICT recently posted “Tibetans in the Chinese Communist Leadership” by Bhuchung K. Tsering on their blog. I became especially interested in this part of the blog-post: It was interesting to see that way back on March 16, 1953, there was an “Inner-party directive drafted for the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist … Continue reading


Source: Lhakar Diaries I have good reason to write a few words on my joys and sufferings. Therefore I pray of you master, write it down. To which her master replied, “There is no need to write a liberation tale for you — a woman…you must be silent! Many tears fell from my eyes, for … Continue reading

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