The Solution to India’s China Problem: A Free Tibet

September 11, 2020

India has had a wound around its Himalayan neck ever since it suffered a humiliating defeat to China in 1962. The recent clash between Indian and China soldiers in Galwan Valley on June 15 has only rubbed salt into that wound. It has come to this because when China invaded neighboring Tibet in...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Defining “Force for Good”

November 09, 2017

When it sounds good to believe that what you do is necessarily good. Today's 3D Definition: Force for Good In April, a US congressman from Missouri, Sam Graves, framed his support for Donald Trump’s Syria policy in the following words: “It’s critical for Congress to work with the President...

The Problem With Sex According to Buddhism

March 09, 2015

Those who join the Buddhist monastic order submit to an ethical code that aims to drive out lust, ill will and infatuation. According to the Vinaya Pitaka, the Buddha laid down the first rule for his monastic followers in response to the behavior of a monk named Sudinna, who gave in to his...

Tibet: A Nonviolent History of War

September 25, 2014

The history of armed resistance has been controversial for Tibet’s nonviolent narrative. On April 27, 1998, Thubten Ngodup set himself on fire to protest the Indian government's forceful ending of a Tibetan hunger strike in New Delhi. Two days later, he died from his burns. Ngodup was...

The Immortal Bodhi Tree: Tibet and the Chinese Occupation

October 30, 2013

Tibet’s spiritual strength remains indomitable despite repression. According to Will Durant, the success of religion lies in the “persistent power over the human soul.” Religion helps us connect with reality in a different way; it focuses on experience and enables us to...

A Diminishing Tibetan State

October 13, 2013

What does the future hold for Tibet? Before I went to Tibet, I watched two movies. The first, Seven Years in Tibet, provided a good basic introduction to the modern political history of Tibet, specifically during the last years of independence before the...