Kindness, as far as its ordinary meaning is concerned, is free and anonymous. If it can’t be free and silent, it is not kindness; it is something else.
Oh give it a rest Kyentse Rinpoche.
H2N: How do you know when making art is compassionate versus selfish ego indulgence?
KN: Not only that, how do I know doing meditation is compassionate versus selfish ego indulgence.
Oh give it a rest Kyentse Rinpoche.
I feel like I’d enjoy Khyentse Norbu’s movies more if I didn’t know he was also a Rinpoche whose lifestyle and projects are supported by the money made on the freely given teachings of the Buddha. My brain just won’t shut up about how his movies are supported the minute I start admiring his work.
I actually wouldn’t mind if Rinpoches who’ve become rich selling Buddhism sold themselves not as Buddhist experts, but as motivational speakers. At least then it feels more honest.
The brief story that accompanies this photo needs no embellishment. When a human confidently mixes West Asian* and Italian culture, the resulting style will knock you on the ground.
Devin Fitzgerald says:
"I took this photo a few years ago in Litang, Sichuan. Not only was this monk the coolest person I have ever seen, but he also spoke Italian. He said that he worked in a Buddhist center in Milan. I hope he counts as Chinese. ”
Sigh. Devin, can you hear the sound of 1,000 hearts breaking as your dreamy monk bounces around the Internet?
*****Correction: This guy is Tibetan, not Chinese. My mistake. Litang is displayed as a part of China on Google maps; however, "Litang is actually part of Greater Tibet. It used to be called Kham before the Chinese occupied Tibet." Thanks for the information, Johnathan. I guess he only counts as Chinese if you’re being a careless butthole like I was.
:D YES, TIBETAN!
Submission: I don’t think Tibetans should mix
Submission by puretibetan:
With Tibetans facing cultural genocide and the decreasing Tibetan population, don’t you think Tibetans should marry Tibetans only?
errrr. well, I’m going to keep it simple.
There is no such thing as “pure” Tibetan, even if both your parents are Tibetan. To me a “pure” Tibetan looks like this:
See I can take it further back, the purest of the purest Tibetan in my head looks like…presenting an atom:
Blood has nothing to do with loosing or preserving Tibetan culture. There are plenty of mixed Tibetans proud of their Tibetan identity, it’s far from disappearing.
I LOVE THIS PHOTO SO MUCH!
This was at HH’s recent visit to California. Can Tibetan communities start doing that more often? I mean, its really cute to see tinny little Tibetan kids welcoming HH w/ the chema and chang but it’s so much nicer to mix it up with elders welcoming him sometimes. Which you don’t see so often.
Besides, I feel like the close proximity to HH for elders is an entirely different feeling for them than maybe a 5year old confused cute kid.
Young Indian’s & their obsession with Tsundue the HERO
I’ve always been fascinated by the amount of romantic adulation Tsundue draws from his Indian audience. I’ve always suspected it has something to do with some Indian activists romantic nationalistic nostalgia for the better days of when Gandhi led non-violent wars against British colonization. The bollywoodized version of the Indian national struggle. I mean it makes sense. But sometimes I wonder if they’re actually more interested in Tsundue than, say, his message on Tibet. It’s probably a little bit of both but it’s also probably more appealing to get to touch or feel the presence of an ideology, nostalgia, personified. You know, someone in the flesh and bones that represents your romantic ideal for days gone by of romantic Indian nationalism, who you can now re-live those nostalgia through. It’s also easier to create and depend on a Hero that fights the injustices and experiences you feel overwhelmed by, rather than, you know, having to actually get down and dirty in the thick of all that mess. Getting messy requires actual engagement that tries to really understand the human tragedy and triumph that the Tibetan situation represents. I’m not saying there aren’t ride or die Indian activists in the Tibet scene but I’ve definitely noticed the overall mainstream obsession by young Indians with Tsundue.
Believing, or even having the need for A Hero is sometimes a nice way to escape confronting all the meta-ness involving the Tibetans experience. And anways, isn’t some part of Herofying Tsundue also dehumanizing in some ways by having him constantly perform one version of himself? Does’t that deny’s him from enacting other personalities that the common human being is capable of displaying?
I can imagine Tibetans saying, any publicity is good publicity…but, is it? especially when we choose to not believe the lie that we don’t have a choice?
Colonization, defying the painful past to heal even in the painful present.
Sersa Norbho remembers her life before and after the Chinese invasion. How the invasion orphaned her, how those scars have morphed in ways that continue to affect her psychological and physical being to this day.
Still alive, still bearing the burden of carrying memories deemed too dangerous to say out loud for political reasons and too painful and harsh to share with your children for the weight of those memories may cause them to do something dangerous themselves.
I recently came across this trailer for this new documentary called Digital Dharma Trailer. It actually looks interesting but here’s a few things that bothered me just from watching this.
The random asian lady, who is clearly not Tibetan (wait is anyone in there Tibetan except for the monks playing the background as props for this?), saying “this is not about politics, this is about trying to preserve knowledge.” UM EXCUSE ME!? Hold the fuck up, lemme get to this straight. You start the trailer off by mentioning the invasion of Tibet in 1959 and how some white people have made careers off digitizing already written Tibetan Dharma texts and somehow “this is not about politics.”
Don’t even get me started on copy right infringements here. It’s somehow acceptable that now you can have old texts translated with a few shitty interpretations thrown here and there by random white men and some women or digitized them and all of a sudden you can call yourself the author somehow. Lets not even get into stealing indigenous knowledge to gain fame and status and sometimes even money here and there depending on how you spin it and you. I’m not even going to get into the politics of that bullshit.
But really? THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS?
Right, somehow all this knowledge was made known to you guys cause thank god for China invading and Tibetans having to share this knowledge cause they’re forced to leave their homeland and to reestablish themselves in India….and although you feel bad that the Tibetans had to suffer, thank god for all this knowledge you now have available without ever really dissecting how you got hold of it in the first place…which, oh right, was cause this thing called INVASION happened to the Tibetans! and Oh yea, you don’t have to really deal with it cause, well, you’re not Tibetan but poor Tibetans who have to deal with this but since you don’t have to, you’re going to take on the role of the preserver cause well…invasion didn’t happen to you and you have all the political and actual resources to pull this off while not mentioning the Tibetans have carried on preserving this tradition for thousands of years and still do with or without your help.
And I’m so so sooooo over their whole spiel on THEIR (not Tibetans, except of course just monks, but not nuns) “responsibility to preserve” cause this knowledge is just disappearing without their intervention. The poor natives can’t even preserve their own culture they need some super higher more advanced being—here comes the white dude—to just save the day. Wohooo, on some Indiana Jones level.
I’M OVER IT! AND THEM!
The lifestyles of Young Rinpoches and Kids of Rinpoche’s on instagram and facebook reminds me of how successful the selling of Tibetan Buddhism has become. Where do I sign up?
Submission by Pemadon:
Los Angeles Lhakar has initiated a campaign to spread awareness of the on going self-immolations in Tibet through a short film titled Arise/Longshog. We wish Tibetan bloggers and supporters to review the film for greater awareness. If you wish to do so please contact us through our website and we will share a link of the film.
Take a bow, reader. All the way down now, til your face and body lie flat against the ground.
That’s how much you’re worth. That is your full value to this earth, your significance to all life. Get comfortable there, with the ground and with yourself. Don’t ever forget that place. It is the…
Thanks Ming. I got you!
A Tibetan American Story that began with colonization
The story of invasion, colonization, escape, refugee, immigration, shit pay, unrelenting working and saving, and to be with family ones again.
Readers if you come across such articles please send’m to me. I want to post them on this blog.
By Mark L. Reece, Staff Writer Published: Wednesday, March 27 1996 12:00 a.m. MST
To be able to see his wife and children again, Tashi took up two jobs and saved almost every penny he earned over the three years he worked at Salt Lake’s Black Diamond Equipment Ltd. and Benihana of Tokyo restaurant.
And Tuesday afternoon, after almost four years of being apart, the joyful reunion came as Tashi’s wife, Dawala Dolma, and his two children, Tsering Namgyal and Tsering Dolma, arrived in Salt Lake City from Nepal via San Francisco.”We are so happy to be together again,” Tashi said, beaming from ear to ear, tears on the faces of his family.
"I cannot explain my feelings. I am glad to be here," Dawala Dolma said through interpreter Phurbu Tsering of Salt Lake City.
Tashi, his only name, said he left his family and native land in 1992 and was one of 75 Tibetans to first emigrate to Utah when the U.S. Resettlement Office announced the state would be one of seven “cluster sites” for the relocation of 1,000 Tibetans.
American relief projects have helped ease the masses of Tibetan refugees living in overflow settlements in India and Nepal after fleeing oppressive Chinese forces that ruled Tibet for decades.
Along with Tashi’s family, another family also arrived in Salt Lake City. Lobsang Youten came to Utah with his wife, Tsering Dolma, and their 8-year-old son Tenzin Pasang and baby boy Tenzin Kharb.
Salt Lake attorney Brent Manning, at the airport Tuesday with his wife, Chris, and other friends, welcomed Tashi’s and Youten’s families. Manning, part of a group of Utahns who have climbed the Himalayas, is hosting the families while they find permanent residence in Utah. Eventually, all of the Tibetans will become naturalized U.S. citizens.
"My interest for being here is for the people," Manning said, who in 1990 climbed Mount Everest as part of a record-setting 20-member international peace group that hiked the summit. "And I’m here because of the resettlement project."
The Utah Tibet Support Group and the Utah Tibetan Association have worked with Tibetan families to raise money and complete paperwork required for the immigration of spouses and children.
As many as 100 Tibetans will come to Utah by the end of the year, according to the Utah support group, more than doubling the number of Tibetans in the state.
"There’s some historic tensions"
Hari Kondabolu killing it as usual.
Twitter w @BlackGirlDanger & @suey_park, a Tibetan seeking solidarity
To sum up this exchange, the whole thing was a misunderstanding and a missed opportunity for engagement and solidarity but to be clear, the accusations for “Asian Americans” as displaying anti-black racism, Asian Americans are not a homogenous group, groups within that category are equally racialized on the spectrum of blackness and whiteness with class also playing a heavy role.
But considering lessons from this exchange, what does the defensive responses of two particular women have to do with the Tibetan struggle? Why not boil down the whole exchange into a new constructive dialogue? How can Tibetans ask for and achieve solidarity with other fighters of imperial-white-supremist-patriarchy without being demanding and dismissive of the specifics of other community politics and marginalized subjectivities?
To put it more bluntly, the Tibetan struggle for solidarity has been with mostly privileged whites who were brought to the movement through their travels and engagements brought on by their opportunities provided by their privilege. So Tibetans have never gotten much solidarity nor have Tibetans been good at seeking solidarity from other marginalized groups fighting similar fights. As for what I was seeking from suey_park and BDG? I was hoping for a simple nod, a retweet, a show of solidarity from admired colleagues. It was not to attack them on the grounds that they were insufficient but that their voices are significant as holders of bigger mics, than say, someone like myself.