Traveling monks work on a sand mandala at Lake Street Church in Evanston, Illinois.

Tibetan monks on tour in US as China continues to restrict religion in Tibet

Sacred Nation

A group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, living in exile in India, are doing a “sacred arts tour” this month in the US. They’re demonstrating an ancient artistic and spiritual practice, creating big, colorful sand mandalas. They say Buddhist traditions like this are under threat because of Chinese government policies in their historic homeland of Tibet.

Exile Tibetan booth officials look at a green book, a necessary document for Tibetans to vote, during the second and final round of voting to elect their parliamentarians and the leader of the Central Tibetan Administration

Tibetans in exile elect a new president

Young boy holds Tibet flag at independence protest.

Policy or discrimination? UMass Amherst student prevented from carrying Tibetan flag at graduation.

Chinese police patrolled outside Johkhang Monastery in the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in March 2014. Security forces always go on high alert around the sensitive March 10th anniversary.

In Tibet, bloggers post at their own risk

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Gyaltsen Norbu (R), the 11th Panchen Lama, speaks with a delegate ahead of the opening of the third plenary meeting of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 11, 2015.

Chinese Communists to Dalai Lama: You can’t die. You’re immortal.

Here is the Dalai Lama not meeting with President Obama on February 5, 2015, in Washington. Instead, he is shaking hands with Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the US president.

Meeting with the Dalai Lama can come with a price

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President Obama welcomed the Dalai Lama to a national prayer breakfast this morning in Washington. China is not happy about it. But will Beijing try to exact real punishment?

Protesters stand behind a photo of a victim of self-immolation during a 2012 march in New York City in support of Tibet.

A prominent Tibetan activist thinks Facebook deleted her post to cozy up to China


Beijing-based Tsering Woeser has been documenting Tibetan self-immolation protests online for the past few years. But she says Facebook has now deleted one of her posts, and not for the reasons of graphic content that they’ve given her.

China highlands

A new book documents China’s exploitation of Tibet’s natural resources


The recent agreement between the US and China to reduce greenhouse emissions made headlines — and rightly so. It was a big step for both nations. But, striking a balance between environmental protection and economic ascendance is much more complicated than that. In China especially, it seems, for every step forward, there are often two steps back. Its actions in Tibet are a prime example, according to a newly-published book.

Supporters of the Dorje Shugden tradition in Tibetan Buddhism are behind a concerted protest campaign against the Dalai Lama, who spoke in downtown Boston on Thursday.

Breakaway Buddhists take aim at the Dalai Lama


The Dalai Lama prohibits his followers from praying to what he considers the malevolent deity of Dorje Shugden. But adherents of this practice, many of them western converts, say the Tibetan religious leader is guilty of persecution.

American radio journalist Jocelyn Ford and Tibetan migrant Zanta are the main characters in “Nowhere to Call Home.”

Prejudice, exclusion and sexism is all part of life for a Tibetan migrant in Beijing


American reporter Jocelyn Ford only set out to snag some contact in inaccessible Tibet. Instead, when she sat down to talk to a Tibetan woman named Zanta, she ended up as part of her own story, experiencing Zanta’s struggles and the deeply-ingrained sexism of Tibetan society.