The recent cyber attacks on pro-Tibet groups
in the U.S. (attack details
, technical data
) and on the Save Darfur
Coalition, among others
, have managed to catch the attention of some in the mainstream media.
Such super-targeted spear phishing
attacks have been on the rise
for several years, and have become an important tool
for corporate espionage
and military infiltration
attempts. Teaching users
to recognize such attack emails is probably the most effective deterrence, as technology
solutions have shown to not be particularly effective. Some companies and government agencies even conduct sting operations
to ferret out which internal users fail the test, targeting them for additional training. [more inside]
NYPD in action.
There is really not much anywhere written about this, but here is the youtube link
of some policemen threatening and beating people in front of the UN building in New York. Some pics (stills from the video) here
is a documentary by Richard Martini
consisting of interviews with Tibetan refugees who have recently fled to Dharamsala, India. It's on YouTube in 5 parts: part 2
, part 3
, part 4
, part 5
China ready to hold talks with the Dalai Lama.
With nearly 1,000 jailed in Lhasa, the Dalai Lama has offered to resign
China has blocked
the media, and reporters have been taken in for questioning
China is opposed
to the US speaker's Dharamsala visit.
Meanwhile France raises the idea of boycotting
the Olympics opening ceremony.
Existing thread arising from Björk's protest.
Björk, in Shanghai, on Tibet: Declare Independence
! [YouTube] [more inside]
of China and Tibet. Thomas H. Hahn
is a Cornell professor and an excellent photographer. Themed collections include Chinese modern art, urbanisation and architecture, sacred mountains, religion, and historical photographs.
what is a thangka? Look it up in this Encyclopedia of Buddhism
pdf then take a tour in Darumsala with Werner Herzog [more inside]
The Young Gallery
has an exceptional collection of photographs by both renowned and recently discovered photographers. The feast of visuals includes elegantly haunting images of African wildlife
by Nick Brandt, Night Views
of cities by Floriane de Lassée, salad vegetables
by Viktor Polson, nudes and portraits
by Patrick Demarchelier and images of Tibet, Mongolians and Tibetans
by Richard Gere.
China Praises Its Progress Toward Olympics.
With one year to go
before the 2008 Olympics
, China still has many challenges ahead, like dealing with Beijing's terrible air pollution
. There is still much criticism over China's record on human rights
and freedom of the press
, and some protests
. But perhaps the most embarrassing public relations setback is that one of the official mascots
) the Tibetan Antelope
, has defected from China's Olympic team
and gone underground to campaign
for a free Tibet
. [Some links via BB and MoFi.]
In the 1920s Joseph Rock
, an Austrian-born botanist
went to live in Lijiang, in Yunnan province. During expeditions over the next three decades he photographed shamans
, petty kings
, astounding scenery and flora and fauna across much of southwest China. He also studied the language and culture
of the Nakhi
whose homeleand centred around Lijiang. A contemporary blogger is now posting some then-and-now images
of the places and people Rock recorded.
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion.
The complete documentary
(1 hr 43 min) on Google Video.
the tibetian book of the dead, a way of life.This is what happens on the 49th day of our being dead. If you do not escape the Matrix, the day after you are inside a woman's womb. part one part two
TIBET is an artist
who works entirely underground (literally) in Stockholm, Sweden. All of his work is done only in the most hidden of places, and very few people will ever get to see it. Each statue is made of concrete and are 11" tall and weigh about 5 pounds each. They are glued, welded or drilled into the solid rock and will stay there for a very, very long time. via
(Flash interface.) The Rubin Museum of Art
in New York City has launched a website that allows you to pore over and compare Tibetan Buddhist artwork from their exhibits. Use the "Decode" feature to pick paintings apart and learn about their intricate components.
See also: their ambitious
calendar of events.
The Nicholas Roerich Museum
in New York City, houses paintings by Nicholas Roerich
, a Russian artist
, who spent most of his life on the Indian-Tibetan
border, creating evocative images of night
in the Himalayan Mountains
. (more inside)
BOCOG announced their official Olympic mascots
recently. One of them is based on the Tibetan Antelope
. Students for a Free Tibet don't like
The Buddha's daughter
"There is, religiously speaking, no reason that Renji
should attract devotion. Her father's position as an incarnation of the Buddha is not hereditary. Nevertheless, large numbers of Tibetans treat her as an object of reverence in her own right."
30,000 photos in the online archive of the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library,
a non-profit initiative
from the University of Virginia, offering a large database of texts, audio, video, images, maps, bibliographies, journals, links and other resources for Himalayan studies.
decided to leave Tibet inorder to continue his religious training. He had been in Dharamsala about a month and was actually planning to begin a life-long solitary retreat the day after this photo was taken. He said his retreat was not to escape from the world but to transform his mind so he could serve more effectively in future lifetimes."
Check out Phil Borges' Tibetan photos
Three New Yorkers go to Tibet.
The songs at the top of the world
Unbelievable music from the land of the gods, Tibet - Haunting eerie and warming. I have no more words for this music.
A multimedia account of a trip to Tibet
. [Via Boing Boing.]
Himmler's Crusade: The True Story of the 1938 Nazi Expedition to Tibet.
In 1935, the Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler
founded an organisation called Ancestral Heritage , to uncover the hidden past of the Aryan race
he and his Führer regarded as the noblest and most vital force in human
history. One of the scientific missions Himmler sponsored was a multitasked expedition to Tibet
under the leadership of ornithologist Ernst Schäfer, an expert on rare Tibetan birds who liked to smear the blood of exotic kills on his face. Schäfer recruited an anthropologist to measure noses and skulls and to make face-masks; a geographer who specialised in the earth's
geomagnetism; and a botanist who was also handy with a film camera. They managed to con their way into Tibet, past the British. The expedition is at the basis of a masterful story by Jim Shepard
, the author of Love
and Hydrogen (full text)
. More inside.
. A brief account by a friend of mine of how he was caught up in the recent unrest
Spirit of Tibet.
Photographs of Tibetans
both inside Tibet and in exile. [Via Plep.]
A restoration project
has been underway since 1998
the 15th-century Tibetan Buddhist monastery wall paintings
of Lo Monthang, a city in the kingdom of Mustang
in northwest Nepal. The results have been very impressive
. Mustang is also home to some amazing cave temples
The myth of the "friendly and harmless" Dalai Lama exposed.
While the Lama's PR machine runs in high gear here in the states only a few voices have come out about the truth behind the oppressive theocracy that was Tibet
and how specially sanitized and marketed the Lama is when he crosses the Atlantic. It turns out the Lama isn't very different than any other man in a position of power and has much more in common with the Pope than, say, Deepak Chopra.
Articles on Indian art.
There are many great articles here on Buddhist and Hindu art from India and Tibet. Exotic India Arts
also sells various Indian arts and crafts.
Dalai Llama muses: meditating monk sets "positive emotion" record
: The 14th Dalai Llama, Tenzin Gyatso, muses on new research on the benefits of mindfulness meditation: "A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team has found that a small amount of "mindfulness meditation" results in positive, lasting changes in the brain and immune system."
The mainstream medical community in the U.S. has now acknowledge the significant benefits of mindfulness meditatiion - "...a significant decrease in symptoms, both during and after the course."
[ Tenzin Gyatso ] "The calamity of 9/11 demonstrated that modern technology and human intelligence guided by hatred can lead to immense destruction. Such terrible acts are a violent symptom of an afflicted mental state. To respond wisely and effectively, we need to be guided by more healthy states of mind, not just to avoid feeding the flames of hatred, but to respond skillfully. We would do well to remember that the war against hatred and terror can be waged on this, the internal front, too."
.....I once was host to Tenzin Gyatso's brother and several other Tibetan monks for a few weeks - and was never again quite the same. So, when Tenzin Gyatso speaks, I listen.
The Lukhang Temple,
or "Temple of the Serpent Spirits", sits on an island behind the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. On the top floor is a formerly secret chamber
(now open to the public) which the Dalai Lamas used to retreat to for periods of deep meditation. The walls of the chamber are covered by a series of stunning wall paintings
(Flash) which depict the esoteric practices of Tibet's Tantric tradition, a visual representation of the Tibetan Buddhist path to enlightenment. Although there has been some damage
to the temple and paintings, they escaped relatively unscathed from the Cultural Revolution. The current Dalai Lama, who was forced to leave Tibet before he was initiated into the practices depicted in the temple, describes it as one of the hidden jewels of Tibetan civilization. It is also the subject of Ian Baker's book, "The Dalai Lama's Secret Temple"
The Himalayan Art Project.
An online collection of Himalayan visual arts and heritage, '...containing over 8,000
records, 10,000 images and 700 thematic sets'. The
here's a collection
of photographs of Tibet as it was in the 1950's, and
on the history of 'visual Dharma'.
Some related links :- Mongolian stories
about politics, religion, sport and horses (Mongolians belong to the same religion as Tibetans);
a privileged witness to a sky burial
(via the Tibetan Studies Virtual Library
the Tibetan game of rebirth.
Documents and articles about one of the twentieth century's greatest composers, some of them focusing on the problems he encountered working under a totalitarian system. Some highlights :- 'Do not judge me too harshly': anti-Communism in Shostakovich's letters
; 'You must remember!': Shostakovich's alleged 1937 interrogation
; About Shostakovich's 1948 downfall.
More related material can be found at the Music under Soviet Rule
There are a number of interesting sites dealing with music expression and censorship generally. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has a site on the music of the concentration camps
- 'While popular songs dating from before the war remained attractive as escapist fare, the ghetto, camp, and partisan settings also gave rise to a repertoire of new works. ' Here's a Guardian article on the Blue Notes
, who 'fought apartheid in South Africa with searing jazz'. Here's a page about the Drapchi 14
, Tibetan nuns who 'recorded independence songs and messages to their families on a tape recorder' (and were subsequently punished). Finally, a page on records which were banned from BBC radio
during the 1991 Gulf War (example :- 'Walk Like an Egyptian').
, Tsha tshas
, or ???...
can be rather elaborate, and are a folk art favorite
at country fairs in the U.S. And on the other side of the globe in the ancient Himalayas, butter sculpting
is an ancient symbolic tradition
among Tibetan Buddhists, and is also an integral part of annual festivals
But in other dairy art
, cheese sculptures
haven't achieved quite the same level of dignity.
thanks to Wordforge for the Jim Victor link.
a British-born Buddhist nun, became famous in the Tibetan community when she spent 12 years meditating in a cave in the Himalayas. Now she seeks to address the gender inequality faced by women in Buddhism. She runs the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery
, and hopes to reestablish the lost tradition of the togdenma
, yogini nuns of the Drukpa Kagyu
lineage who follow the ascetic path of Milarepa