Tuesday, June 18, 2019

How to Meditate with Pema Chodron (video)

Pema Chodron (soundstrue.com); Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

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How to Meditate (Chodron)
When it comes to meditation, American-born Tibetan-Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost teachers.

Yet, she's never offered an introductory course on audio—until now.

On How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind, the Buddhist nun and bestselling author presents her first complete spoken-word course for those new to meditation.

Through traditional insights and her personal guidance, offered in 12 sitting sessions, Pema Chödrön helps to honestly meet and compassionately relate with the mind as these things are explored:

  • The basics of mindfulness awareness practice, from proper posture to learning to settle to breathing and relaxation
  • Gentleness, patience, and humor—three ingredients for a well-balanced practice
  • Shamatha ("calm abiding"), the art of stabilizing the mind/heart to remain present with whatever arises
  • Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"—instead of obstacles—in meditation
"From my own experience and from listening to many people over the years, I've tried to offer here what I feel are the essential points of meditation," explains Pema Chödrön.

Now this beloved voice shares with you her accessible approach—simple and down-to-earth while informed by the highest traditions of Tibetan Buddhism—on How to Meditate. More

Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

Pema Chödrön (amazon.com, 5/1/13); Ashley Wells, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
"When something is bothering you -- a person is bugging you, a situation is irritating you, or physical pain is [hurt]ing you -- you must work with your mind, and that is done through meditation.

"Working with our mind is the only means through which we'll actually begin to feel happy and contented with the world that we live in."
  • Library Journal’s "Best Books of 2013" selection
How to Meditate (soundstrue.com)
American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Ani Pema Chödrön is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit Vajrayana Buddhist teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives.

With How to Meditate, the American Buddhist nun presents her first book exploring in-depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong meditation practice.

More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, and aliveness.

Meditation, Ani explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This step-by-step guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind, embrace the fullness of our experience, and live in a wholehearted way as we discover:
  • The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness
  • The Seven Delights―how moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love
  • Shamatha ("calm abiding"), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises
  • Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"―instead of obstacles―in meditation
Author of this Buddhist classic
"I think ultimately why we practice is so that we can become completely loving people, and this is what the world needs," writes Pema Chödrön. How to Meditate is a long-overdue book from this wise teacher to assist each one of us in this virtuous goal.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Rebirth: What are the "Abodes of Beings"?

Ven. Nyanatiloka, Buddhist Dictionary; Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

In the sutra texts (e.g., D.33, A.IX.24) nine abodes of beings or satta vasa are mentioned. According to the Buddha: "There are, O meditators, nine abodes of beings, namely:

1. "There are beings who are different in body and different in perception (mind), such as human beings, some celestial beings [akasha devas], and some beings living in the world of suffering (vinipātika).
  • [The "human world" is a plane of existence (loka) not limited to earth. It extends in 10,000 directions to many other places in the universe, wherever there are humanoids.]
2. "There are beings who are different in body but equal in perception, such as the first-born brahmas (a kind of deva) of the Brahma-world (i.e., at the beginning of each new world-formation or great aeon, maha kalpa; see Deva II).

3. "There are beings who are equal in body but different in perception, such as the radiant devas (ābhassara, see Deva II).

4. "There are beings who are equal in body and equal in perception, such as the all-illuminating devas (subha-kinha; see Deva II).

5. "There are beings without perception and feeling, such as the unconscious beings (asañña-satta).

6. "There are beings who -- through the complete overcoming of perceptions of matter (rūpa-sañña), the disappearance of perceptions of sense-reaction (patigha-sañña), and non-attention to perceptions of variety -- by thinking 'Boundless is space' are reborn in the Sphere of Boundless Space (see Deva III; Jhāna 5).

7. "There are beings who -- through the complete overcoming of the Sphere of Boundless Space -- by thinking 'Boundless is consciousness' are reborn in the Sphere of Boundless Consciousness (see  Jhāna 6).

8. "There are beings who -- through the complete overcoming of the Sphere of Boundless Consciousness -- by thinking 'Nothing is there' are reborn in the Sphere of Nothingness (see Jhāna 7).

9. "There are beings who -- through the complete overcoming of the Sphere of Nothingness -- are reborn in the Sphere of Neither-Perception-Nor-Non-Perception (see Jhāna 8) (A.IX.24).
 
Commentary
According to the Commentary to this division of the sutra texts, the partially enlightened beings of the "Pure Abodes" (suddhāvāsa) are not mentioned here because they exist only in those world-periods (aeons, kalpas) in which fully enlightened teaching buddhas appear. Compare with viññāna-tthiti. Source

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Ajahn Chah: inner peace is our real home

Ajahn Chah (ajahnchah.org) via Ven. Sujato, Ellie Askew, Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
The Buddha reclines into final nirvana, the end of samsaric rebirth-and-redeath.
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The Future-Buddha is reborn to Maya.
[Like Little Piggies] anyone can build a house of straw, of stick or brick. But the Buddha taught that this sort of house is not a real home for us. It’s ours in name only.

It is a kind of house in the world, for it follows the way of the world. Our "real home" is inner peace.

An external, material house may well be pretty, but it's not peaceful. There’s this worry then that, that anxiety then this. So we say, It’s not our real home. It’s external to us. Sooner or later we’ll lose it and have to give it up.

It’s not a place in which we can live permanently. Why? That's because it doesn’t really belong to us. It belongs to the world.

Our body is the same way. We take it to be myself, to be "me" and "mine" and "I." But in fact it’s not really so at all.

What can Three Little Piggies teach us?
It’s another worldly house. Our body has followed its natural course from birth, and when it’s old and sick, we can’t forbid it from being that. That’s the way it is.

Wanting it to be any different is as foolish as wanting a duck to be a chicken. When we see that that’s impossible -- that a duck must be a duck, and a chicken must be a chicken, and that these bodies have to get old and die -- we find courage and energy.

However much we want the body -- or any temporary house -- to go on lasting, it won’t do that. It won't last long. The Buddha said:

Hurtling towards destruction,
alas, are all conditioned-things

Uppāda-vaya-dhammino
ever subject to rise and fall.

Uppajjitvā nirujjhanti
Having come to be, they cease.

Tesaṃ vūpasamo sukho.
Their stilling is bliss.

HK protests mainland China's police state

Associated Press (ap.org, June 16, 2019); Pfc. Sandoval, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly



Hong Kong cops to violently clear streets of protesters
HONG KONG - Hong Kong police and protesters are facing off Monday morning as authorities try to clear the streets of a few hundred people who stayed near the city government headquarters after massive demonstrations that stretched deep into the night.

(June 17, 2019) The police asked for cooperation in clearing the road [by any violent means they deem necessary]. Protesters responded with chants, some kneeling in front of the armed officers.

The move came after activists rejected an apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing, China, in this former British colony of Hong Kong, now a semi-free state.

Nearly 2 million of the city's 7 million people turned out to protest on Sunday, according to estimates by organizers. Police [who frequently undercount to undermine protests] said 338,000 were counted on the designated protest route in the "peak period" of the march. More
 

The Latest: Hong Kong police say want to clear protesters
The charges detail five slayings and accuse an attorney of helping smuggle drugs and cellphones to aid the white supremacist prison gang. Sixteen Aryan Brotherhood members and associates are accused of running the criminal enterprise using contraband cellphones, encrypted chats, text messages, multimedia messages, and email.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Searching for Mushrooms like Meditation

Ajahn Chah via Ven. Sujato, Ellie Askew, Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly
Magic Mushrooms: High potential for treating depression and anxiety (inverse.com)



Buddhist beat poet Jack Kerouac once said: No one should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored, solitude in the wilderness -- finding oneself depending solely on oneself and thereby learning one's true and hidden strength. Learning, for instance, to eat when one is hungry and sleep when one is sleepy.

The Mushroom Analogy
Letting go is the way to meditation.
Enlightened Thai Forest Tradition master Ajahn Chah once gave this example: City folk may like to eat [magic] mushrooms. So they ask, "Where do the mushrooms come from?"

Someone tells them, "They grow on the ground." They grab a basket and go walking in the countryside, expecting that mushrooms will be lining the roadside for them to pick.

They walk and walk, climbing hills and trekking through fields, without seeing any mushrooms.

Village people who have gone picking mushrooms know which part of the forest to go to.

But city folk only have the experience of seeing mushrooms on their plates. They hear mushrooms grow on the ground and get the idea that they should be easy to find. But it doesn’t work that way.

Meditation
Training the mind in samādhi [a serenely coherent state of mind arrived at by meditation] is like this.

We get the idea that it will be easy. But when we sit, our legs hurt, our back hurts, and we feel tired, hot, and itchy.

Then we start to feel discouraged, thinking that samādhi is as far from us as the sky is from the earth.

We don’t know what to do, and we become overwhelmed by difficulties. But if we can receive some training, it will get easier, little by little.

Nude protest: bike against cars (video)

Tom Towers, DailyStar.co.uk, 6/10/19; Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
FED UP: Nude cyclists are rallying against car culture (REX)
WIDESPREAD: They pedaled through London, Cardiff, Manchester, and Bristol (REX).
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Thousands strip off for naked bike ride across UK in cheeky protest
Thousands of cyclists have got their [clothes] off for World Naked Bike Ride in a “bizarre”
protest [against cars] throughout UK cities.

They pedaled through London, Cardiff, Manchester, and Bristol on June 9 in the event’s 16th outing.

The cyclists were rallying against car culture -- with many ladies and [gents] wearing just helmets, shoes, and [backpacks].

In one [photo], a woman cycles through Central London in the buff with “Love Nature” written across her chest.

Another topless rider cycles past the gates of Buckingham Palace with a defiant hand in the air. 

In London, cyclists started at eight locations across the capital and congregated in the center.
  
In Cardiff, cyclists took off from the city’s university and pedaled around the city center.

Over in Manchester, hundreds of riders took over the city's streets on a day when temperatures failed to creep higher than 14 C in the north west.

The event’s organizers posted on their website: “Even when we are fully clothed we are naked to the danger of motorists on the road.”

Group statement
“We want to live in a world not blighted by traffic pollution.”

“We want to live in a world not blighted by traffic pollution where the car is seen as the go to form of transport.”

“Most of all we are here to celebrate people, who come in all shapes and sizes and are beautiful as they are.”

Last year, thousands of naked cyclists took to the streets of Sao Paolo in Brazil to criticize the lack of bike lanes.

The protesters were pushing for safer roads and decorated themselves with paint. More + VIDEO
  • Topless feminist protestors bring Paris to standstill in nude action against male violence
  • Naked models protest Facebook and Instagram bans on female nipples with X-rated display
  • Model facing prison after photos branded ‘indecent’ sleeps rough after fleeing to Paris

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Pyramids larger than Egypt's around the world

Ancient Secret Discoveries, 4/4/19; Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


They are finding these around the world. They're huge!
What in the deva loka are these things?
Larger than the pyramids of ancient Egypt and found in China and all over the world, who constructed them? The largest confirmed is the Great Pyramid in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. It is larger than Giza, the size of an entire hill in fact. There are others in Buddhist countries -- Indonesia (Borobudur, Java), Siem Reap (Angkor Thom) and Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and in China. The colossal stone cut structures of Buddhist Afghanistan and ancient India (Ajanta Caves, etc.) The ones in Mesoamerica, as well as Central and South America are confirmed, existing for a long time as mere legends. The enormous power-generating one in Alaska (and the more recently discovered one underwater) and the Native American "mounds" (topped off pyramids) of Cohokia, Illinois/Missouri, USA are kept secret in plain sight. Edgar Cayce foresaw incredible discoveries in Bimini, wit. Antarctica's massive structure, with its snow cover peeling away due to climate disturbances, remains concealed. But they even exist in Bosnia, Europe.

Stand up comedian Russell Peters (video)

Clifton Joseph (CBC News, In Your Face!); Russell Peters; Editors, Wisdom Quarterly
WARNING: Offensive comedy material using crass, coarse, and cuss-filled language

  • Tour dates: http://bit.ly/RussellPetersTour
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RussellPeters
  • Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheRealRussellP
  • Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/RussellPeters
  • Top 10 (MOST VIEWED) 2017! (all in one) https://youtu.be/gqcavSXfLnU
"Comedy Now"
  • Accents: https://youtu.be/z4KhEj0ai5E
  • African Names: https://youtu.be/U4okFm62gxk
  • Be A Man!: https://youtu.be/ITwPzduUmCw
  • Gay Indians: https://youtu.be/aBQjiFMle0k
  • Jamaicans: https://youtu.be/E42gaKV1LxI
"Outsourced"
  • Two Types of Asian: https://youtu.be/z4x897gkgns
  • Terrorists vs Indians: https://youtu.be/uTXemscTJWM
  • Cultural Names: https://youtu.be/eaO1Sz7-VYQ
"Red, White, and Brown"
  • Louis Vuitton: https://youtu.be/goMsCPQYhlQ
  • Arabs: https://youtu.be/GEVAE3EYoOg
  • Deaf People: https://youtu.be/DIASrjk0ehM
  • Indians are Cheap: https://youtu.be/oSzgCDIUzq0
  • New York Italians: https://youtu.be/WozJf-c7oq8
"The Green Card Tour"
  • Language Barriers: https://youtu.be/4mob7prolsg
  • Go Nicely: https://youtu.be/SpBWMwLSDW0
  • The Irish: https://youtu.be/E53qBbsxNXs
  • The Middle East: https://youtu.be/2tbqV8AtI8I
  • The Philippines: https://youtu.be/et61vHRySZ8
"Notorious"
  • Bangkok: https://youtu.be/LHncWfrCgqk
  • Learning Spanish: https://youtu.be/xb3QLgNtM6g
  • Miracle Baby: https://youtu.be/LPSYnmHQm5M
  • Arab Men: https://youtu.be/KCQwe_AMo74
  • White People: https://youtu.be/vmI4LP-9a8o
"Almost Famous Outtakes"
  • The Cashman: https://youtu.be/3bfMUuIz7_g

Life of the pre-Mexican Maya (video)

Weird History, June 9, 2019; Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

SCPR.org (Itxy Quintanilla)
They'll have us believing we were all blood thirsty "savages" hungry for human sacrifice when the invaders brought such unthinkable ideas and savagery to the spread and maintenance of empire as to put all the Old World people to shame and subjugation. But it is these people and their students doing the anthropological research, standing on the shoulders of implicitly biased scientists exercising the rigor of the laurels they sit upon. In other words, we are forced to believe what we are told by outsiders and conquerors (Conquistadors) because they get the funding and tell tales reassuring to the current power structure. If only we had bold and daring science that could successfully question its own assumptions and get us closer to the truth.

What life was like as a Mayan
Ben Hale, modern Navajo dancer
Strolling past one of the Maya's haunting, crumbling pyramids or seeing one in the background of a well-traveled friend's Instagram post, chances are most of us have no idea what everyday life was really like for the ancient Maya. From rubber ballgames to body piercings to getting high on chocolate (Theobroma cacao, "cocoa, food of the gods," the "gods" being devas of various kinds, even arrivals from sky/space), the ancient Mayan culture has a lot more in common with our world today than anyone would probably ever think. Today, let's explore what life was really like for the ancient Mayans.

Sphinx much older than thought (video)

Graham Hancock, Zohar StarGate, 6/11/19; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly


Drilling under the Sphinx...They know what's down there!
Egypt's ancient Sphinx is far older than the civilization of ancient Egypt itself. Is there something below ground that may lead to the biggest archeological discovery in history? One thing is sure, there are many tunnels and cavities inside the Sphinx, some of which are still unexplored.

What happened to pre-Europeans? (video)

Masaman, May 20, 2018; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Am I the ideal "European" proof of a fantasy?
What happened to the Old Europeans, the pre-Indo-Europeans? Who were the original peoples of Europe who inhabited the continent before the arrival of the Indo-Europeans, later to become the majority of Europeans today -- Russians, Italians, Irish, Basques, Norwegians, Greeks.

Although little is known, there are clues left behind in the archeology, genetics, linguistics, and historical texts that have been passed down through the generations. This gives us a somewhat fuzzy picture of pre-historic Europe. Thoughts on the pre-Indo-European "Europeans"? Which culture is the most interesting? Wait, let me guess. The one you identify with? The indigenous Sami? More

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

DisclosureFest, Los Angeles (June 22)



Those damn hippies are keeping me up!
DisclosureFest is a multi-cultural, community, nonprofit festival.

Our goal is to unite heart-centered individuals to raise consciousness, provide education on health and wellness, and create awareness of environmental and humanitarian initiatives.

Participate in ongoing, volunteer-based programs to help us save the world. Festival includes a global livestreamed mass meditation at 2:00 PM (PST).

Last year we gathered 10,000. This is our third annual community-supported, conscious gathering -- bringing a party, rave atmosphere, yoga extravaganza, and mass meditation to the City of Angels.
WHAT? Live music, vegan food, yoga sessions, guided meditations, past life regressions, UFO sightings, possible mothership landings (with hybrid human-devas in the crowd walking and dancing among us in peace and unity). Healing tents, sounds baths, Ayurveda, astrology, art walk, light activations, guest speakers, Goddess Circle, Swami's fire ceremony...

MEDITATIONS: Learn to meditate at our Thursday night training sessions in Pasadena. Get a taste of blissful serenity and enlightening insight (a facet of mindfulness practice) by letting go.

Illegal Israeli settlements (video)

Vox Docs; Sheldon S., Crystal Quintero (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


Israeli settlements, explained in favor of Israel (Pt. 1)
(Vox, Sept. 19, 2016) The maps that explain the invading illegal settlers. Or watch a more comprehensive history of the pro-Israel, unfavorable to Palestine here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRYZj...


Israeli Jews have luxury of ignoring the "conflict" (Pt. 2)
Why is it that Israeli "settlements" don’t feel like a conflict zone to the people occupying foreign land being stolen by Israel? (Vox, Sept. 26, 2016) Here's what I learned from visiting 15 illegal Israeli "settlements," actually colonial outposts, protected by Israel's military occupation of Palestinian land.

Vox.com is a news website that helps cut through the noise to understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.

Missing history revealed (video)

JonLevi, April 27, 2019; Seth Auberon, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


False History Revealed (Notre Dame)

This episode, "False History Revealed," explores an endangered church in Fall River, Massachusetts, Kolner Dom Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, and finally Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. It is said the fire in Notre Dame started by "an electrical short circuit," yet the electrical system had recently been completely replaced. In addition, the 200-year-old oak wood would be very difficult to get burning because it is a very hard wood. Nevertheless, it was a tragic event for Paris and the whole of humanity. We are witnessing the writing of a false historical narrative in real time. In conclusion, I present an old cathedral bell found in the Cologne cathedral that leaves us pondering who could have built such a bell.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Fairytale wedding in Buddhist Bhutan (video)

NDTV, Nov. 6, 2011; Dhr. Seven, CC Liu, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

A fairytale wedding in Bhutan
Watch South Asia's version of the William and Kate wedding as the beloved monarch of the last Buddhist Himalayan kingdom in the world (Bhutan), King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, marries his bride, Jetsun Pema (not to be mistaken with the Dalai Lama's little sister, the elderly activist, author, and Central Tibetan Administration Cabinet Member Ama Jetsun Pema) in an ancient Buddhist ceremony at the country's most sacred monastery fortress.

The Dalai Lama's SISTER: Jetsun Pema

Amazon.com (Tibet My Story); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly

The current Dalai Lama has a little sister? Yes. Her name is Jetsun Pema (not to be mistaken for the young bride of the last king of Bhutan).

She was the first elected female minister of Tibet's government-in-exile, the Central Tibetan Administration. She also wrote at least one book, not a particularly good one according to one reviewer, but perhaps an important one.

Was it edited by the Dalai Lama's men, his CIA contacts, or a PR firm they've retained to keep the government in exile in good standing on the world stage during the atrocities of the Han Chinese government and their invasion, occupation, and genocide in Tibet?

The book, originally released in French as Tibet, mon histoire, is Tibet My Story. IReadThereforeIAm  rips it a new one.
(March 6, 2018) I bought this book as someone who greatly respects the Dalai Lama and has an interest in Tibetan Buddhism. So I'm sorry to give it a poor review, but I feel a reader should know what to expect.

Original: Tibet, mon histoire (Ramsay)
The book is written in a pedestrian manner -- not bad, not great. Of course, the story is what is important. Here there are many odd gaps: It feels like reading a term paper rather than a[n auto]biography because critical details are skipped over.

For example, I was reading through the story, and she [Pema Jetsun, the Dalai Lama's sister] goes to Switzerland to study and then to the UK and then she mentions in passing that she was married...what?! How did she get married? Whom did she marry? This is all completely ignored.

My sense is that the marriage didn't go well, and she just wants to write the guy out of her life [or perhaps it was edited it out by officials at the Dalai Lama's public relations office] -- but writing about it would both humanize her and add some drama. For despite being the Dalai Lama's sister, nothing much happens. [Sounds like the editing out of sensitive material to us.]

She is growing up outside the palace and sees him occasionally. She is sent to boarding school in India, where nothing dramatic happens except for a bad perm (yes she writes about her hairdo) then she gets to go to Switzerland and the UK and then her brother tells her to work at an orphanage where her innovation is nametags.

She gives many rants against the Chinese atrocities with no substantiation or details (which would be valuable to a scholar). Suddenly, however, she goes back to Tibet. What? How did that come about? And she mentions in one sentence she met the Panchen Lama! What?! What did he say? How was he? She says nothing about it.

She writes about screaming at the Chinese and being angry with them, which, while understandable, seems at odds with the idea of compassion and Tibetan Buddhism. In other words, all the Buddhist teachings go out the window, and she is just an angry, screaming person. (This is not my description but how I read that she describes herself in the chapter).

I feel the book lacks any scholarly substance, insight, critical details, understanding, or profundity, which one might assume based on her position.

She seems to me a shallow elitist [like the Han Chinese describe her brother, his followers, and the entrenched "Buddhist Vatican" in Potala Palace, Lhasa], benefiting from her connection to her brother [the current Dalai Lama] but only in the material sense.

The irony seems lost on her and makes for a disappointing read. 

GOOD REVIEWS
Top Story
(Mr Tony London, April 21, 2014) I have been seeking this book prior to my meeting with and interview of the writer, for my own book, High Hopes: The History of Tibetan education in India 1959-2015. A great start and important background covered with clarity and told with genuine sense of passion and understanding by a key participant in HH's often misunderstood story.

Cry of a nation
(Gary Selikow, Jan. 5, 2008) Jetsun Pema is the younger sister of the Dalai Lama and has played a major part in the care and education of refugee Tibetan children.

This book tells the story of Jetsun Pema's childhood in Tibet before the ruthless Chinese Communist invasion of 1949 and her subsequent flight and education in India, Switzerland, and England.

It also tells of the oppression by the Chinese Communist occupation of Tibet and the genocide and cultural destruction of the Tibetan people in which 1,200,000 Tibetan men, women, and children have been ruthlessly exterminated by the Chinese Communists.

Atrocities
Children were forced to kill their parents and parents forced to applaud the execution of their children on pain of death, during thamzing (Chinese Communist public punishment sessions).

Very young children were forced to see their parents being dragged through the streets of the village or town and then beaten, stoned, and finally executed, simply because they had worked for the previous government or were heirs to landed property.

Millions of Chinese who have been brought into Tibet to demographically swamp the indigenous Tibetans.

Nuns were raped and monasteries and landmarks destroyed. Millions of Tibetan children have starved to death in the Chinese created famine and food taken from the Tibetans and transferred to the Chinese or exported to Arab countries.

This is all told in this book by Jetsun Pema. Pema also tells of her love for and education and care of the thousands of Tibetan children who have passed through SOS children's villages in India.

What results is a compassionate and passionate account by a great woman, and a cry for action on behalf of the Tibetan people before they are completely destroyed.


The world is clearly not listening, the international media and universities preferring to condemn Israel for [its atrocities in the name of] self-defence and the USA for [its imperialism in the name of a] war against terrorism, while [other] atrocities and genocide go on without a single word of protest.


Hard-core Communists in fact applaud these atrocities as they do atrocities and murder the world over. Nice people, [these Chinese Capitalist] Communists, aren't they?
Fascinating account of life in Tibet
(C. J. Cumming, Oct. 28, 1997) This book is more than a story of one life. It is the story of a whole nation and the struggles that it endured at the hands of the [majority Han] Chinese, which continue today. Jetsun Pema paints a wonderful picture of a complex people, in simple terms. I recommend [it] highly!


Wonderful
(March 19, 2008) I read the book in Spanish, and even though I am English, the real Pema came through. [She is] kindness itself and far too modest. I count myself proud to have known [her and to] count her a friend