Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

In the past months, the Tibetan Buddhist institute of Larung Gar in eastern Tibet has come into the focus of international attention, as Chinese authorities have ordered the demolition of large parts of this authentic place of Buddhist religious life, which over the past years has become a destination for thousands of Buddhist practitioners, from Tibet and China.[2] While the Chinese authorities’ measures at Larung Gar have come under scrutiny by a concerned international public, the Chinese government has drafted a revision of its religious affairs regulations[3] that may have a far reaching effect on Tibetan Buddhism, as it will consolidate the state’s repressive approach towards religious groups. Read more

Spiritual leaders pray for peace” is not a headline to set the pulses racing. It is news only when they pray for war. Even that, unfortunately, is common enough to raise little attention these days. But something happened last week, almost entirely neglected by the media, which was remarkable and sinister. The Dalai Lama did not pray for peace at the great interfaith meeting in Assisi, where world spiritual leaders, invited by the pope, do gather to pray and witness for peace. There were representatives of almost every other faith whose followers are engaged in violence: Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Japanese Buddhists, Orthodox Christians – even the archbishop of Canterbury; but the Dalai Lama was not invited. Read more

China's new invasion of Tibet

Published in Latest news
Monday, 03 October 2016

On the station platform a group of retirees are posing for photos, pumping their fists and shouting "Lhasa" with every snap of the shutter. "Lhasa, Lhasa, Lhasa," they chant.

Their backdrop is an olive-green train carriage that will take them from the western Chinese city of Chongqing to the Tibetan capital. It's a journey of 42 hours over three days and, in recent years, it has become a rite of passage for the country's youth and a late-life adventure for retirees.

But it is also a patriotic journey – a demonstration of how the dominant Han Chinese have conquered the restive western province of Tibet. Read more

[ICT] Two Tibetans, including a prominent writer, who had just been released after serving several years in prison have been detained again in the last few days. Both Tibetans, writer Gangkye Drubpa Kyab – who wrote a book on the protests in Tibet in 2008 – and 35-year old Samdrub, are from Serthar in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in eastern Tibet.

According to Golog Jigme, both Tibetans may be accused of some sort of political activity; it is not known if they may face new charges. Radio Free Asia reported that after a grand Tibetan reception for Gangkye Drubpa Kyab following his release, police took him back again into custody, and “warned him that if he does not change his thoughts and embrace the official political line, he could be thrown back into jail”. Read more