Resistance Not Despair

This piece by our trusty web-chowkidar provides a whole new and illuminating perspective on the 17 self-immolations in Tibet. Check it out on this link:

Dr. Pemba la – In Memoriam

For a traumatized and disoriented refugee community, just having a role model like Dr. Pemba la, who scored first in the Royal College of Surgeons exams in London, was a comforting reassurance that we would be able to cope with and even succeed in an alien and modern world.

Self-Immolation and Buddhism

The deed of the thirteen self-immolators is not only Buddhist in an unquestionably absolute sense, but furthermore comes from a within a heroic and action-oriented tradition of Buddhism. Some scholars have viewed this approach as truer to the original teachings of the historical Buddha…