Nepal Retracts Permission for Tibet Monk’s Cremation

July 13, 2014 Nytimes

Shamarpa_teaching,_from_his_websiteKATMANDU, Nepal — Under scrutiny from China, Nepal’s government announced on Sunday that it had retracted its permission to allow the cremation of a prominent spiritual figure in Tibetan Buddhism to be held on its territory.

The Nepali Embassy in India had issued a “no objection letter” allowing the body of Shamar Rinpoche, a high lama also known as the Shamarpa, to be taken to Nepal from India for the ceremony. read more…

Tibetan Monk Detained Following Solo Protest

July 13, 2014 RFA

tttA Tibetan monk was taken into custody this week by police in western China’s Sichuan province after launching a protest in which he called for Tibetan freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama, sources said.

Sherkyab, 20, was detained on Wednesday only five minutes after shouting slogans and scattering leaflets in Serthar town in the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Serthar (Seda) county, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan Service. read more…

Office of Tibet – Washington DC Celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 79th Birthday

July 09, 2014

zzxWashington, DC, July 9, 2014:  The Office of Tibet – Washington, DC hosted a private reception to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 79th birthday at its new office building. The event also marked the formal opening of the Office of Tibet in Washington, DC.

Close to 100 guests attend the evening event including Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Kasur and former Special Envoy Gyari Rimpoche, Trisur Tenzin Namgyal Tethong, read more…

Tibetan Writer Says Invitation to U.S. Embassy Preceded House Arrest

July 09, 2014 Nytimes

09sino-BLOGGER-blog480Chinese security officers placed Tsering Woeser, the prominent Tibetan writer and advocate who lives in Beijing, and her husband under house arrest after Ms. Woeser received a call inviting her to the United States Embassy on Wednesday night, according to a Facebook post by Ms. Woeser. read more…

Tibetans in China Covertly Mark Dalai Lama’s 79th Birthday

July 09, 2014 RFA

0236f6fc-aca2-46d9-98da-cbba2ccdd9cfTibetans in China observed the birthday of the Dalai Lama on the weekend by holding celebrations “covertly” in spite of new restrictions, including a cut-off in communications in some areas, sources said.
Activities in the Tsolho (in Chinese, Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern China’s Qinghai province included “hoisting prayer flags, going on picnics, holding horse races, and burning juniper branches as offerings at sacred mountain sites,” a Tibetan living in the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service on Monday. read more…

Tibetan Women Attacked, Beaten at Anti-Mine Rally

July 09, 2014 RFA

imagePolice in China’s southwestern Yunnan province on Monday attacked and beat a group of Tibetan women who had gathered to protest copper mining on land considered sacred by residents living near the site, sources said.

The protest came after Chinese authorities dismissed repeated appeals by Tibetans living in Dechen (in Chinese, Diqing) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture’s Dechen (Deqin) county to halt the excavations, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan Service on Tuesday. read more…

On Shamar Rinpoche’s death and the future of Karmapa

June 28, 2014 Tibetsun

Shamarpa_teaching,_from_his_websiteOccurring in Germany when the Karmapa was touring there, the untimely death of Kunzig Shamarpa inevitably gave rise to some speculations. Shamar Rinpoche, referred to as the “Red-hat Karmapa,” was a lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and had played a part in some controversy. read more…

New Hotline for Information on Identification Certificate (IC) Status

June 28, 2014  TibetNet

0DHARAMSHALA: The Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based in New Delhi has announced a new hotline telephone number (264-79-737) for information on the status of Identification Certificate (IC). The new hotline number directly connects you to the IC section of the Bureau.

The usual phone numbers to the Bureau: 25439745; 26218548; 26218546 and 26474798, Extension 1 are still available. As morning is usually public dealing, all are requested to call in the afternoon for IC status. read more…

School Administrators Discuss Safety and Security in Tibetan Schools

June 28, 2014  TibetNet

DSC_00092DHARAMSHALA: A day-long meeting of Tibetan school administrators is underway to discuss safety and security of students, especially girls, in Tibetan schools. Administrators from four major Tibetan schools including the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV), Tibetan Homes Foundation (THF), Snow Lion Foundation, Nepal and Sambhota schools, along with officials from the Department of Education are taking part in the meeting. read more…

Tashi Dhondup wins Domey parliamentary bypoll

June 28, 2014

DSC0152DHARAMSHALA: Tashi Dhondup of Golok Serta and resident of Nepal won the by-election for the Domey Parliamentary seat with 586 votes (57.17%).

Announcing the results of the final round of polling, the election commissioners said out of 3,986 registered voters, 1,025 cast their ballots with a voter turnout of 25.72%.  read more…

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