1. China is accused of misleading everyone about the self-immolations

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    Examiner, October 30, 2012

     

    A young Buddhist monk carries tea for elder monks during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, India. Credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

    The situation in Tibet has been becoming increasingly distressing with fears the rising wave of self-immolations by protesting Tibetans will continue for a long time. The Tibetans have accused China of misleading everyone about the self-immolations. YC. Dhardhowa has reported for The Tibet Post International on October 30, 2012: “China Misleads the World and Its Own People On Self-immolations.”

    The Tibetan Parliament in exile has said that the Chinese government must address the world and its own people about the causes of the increasing self-immolations by Tibetans in Tibet. The Tibetan Parliament released a statement on Monday stating: “The situation would aggravate if the Chinese leadership does not address the underlying causes of the current crisis.” Last week alone 7 Tibetans set themselves on fire in Tibet.

    A portrait of His Holiness The Dalai Lama is seen during morning prayers at the Thikse Monastery near Leh in Ladakh, India. Credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

    The Tibetan Parliament has also said, “the Chinese government’s pursuit of hardline policies against the Tibetans and levelling of baseless allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama will exacerbate resentments among the Tibetan people.” It has also been highlighted that the Chinese government has been trying to mislead the international community, especially its own people, by making baseless allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration over the problem in Tibet.

  2. Myanmar police kill one in crackdown on Buddhist mob

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    National, October 31, 2012

     

    A long line of Myanmar soldiers, arriving back from the unrest area in Rakhine state, march in Sittwe city, capital of Rakhine State, Myanmar, on Oct 31. EPA

     

    Yangon – Myanmar police on Tuesday killed at least one Rakhine Buddhist in an attempt to quell a mob seeking to expel Muslims from a village in the troubled Rakhine state.

    The killing happened Tuesday morning after thousands of RakhineBuddhists tried to force a Muslim community in Kyauk-ni-maw village, Ramree township of the Rakhine state, to leave their homes, prompting police to intervene.

    In an effort to quell the mob, a policeman shot dead Kyaw HanShay, 56, a Rakhine Buddhist and injured another man identified asThan Tin, who was hospitalized, Rakhine member of parliament Tin Pe said.

    “The police should have tried to solve the situation peacefully, without resorting to shooting,” Tin Pe said.

    It was the latest outbreak of sectarian-related violence to hitthe Rakhine state in western Myanmar where more than 170 people havedied since June as a result of fighting between local Buddhist and Rohingya-Muslim communities.

    The spate of killings was sparked by the rape and murder of a Rakhine Buddhist woman, allegedly by three Muslims, in Kyauk-ni-mawvillage, on the western coast, the scene of Tuesday’s incident.

    An estimated 90 people were killed and 75,000 displaced by the June fighting. Another 84 people died and 28,000 were displaced by afresh outbreak of communal strife last week, which included the burning of some 4,400 houses.

    Behind last week’s violence appears to be an effort by Buddhist communities to push Rohingya-Muslims out of their homes and force them to relocate to refugee camps.

    There are currently about nine camps in Sittwe township, 500kilometres north-west of Yangon, that have been receiving limited aidfrom the United Nations and French aid organisation Medicins Sans Frontieres since June.

    Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist. The Rohingya, most of whom havelived in Rakhine for generations, are mainly descendents of labourers brought in from neighbouring Bangladesh during the British colonial era.

    An estimated 800,000 Rohingya live in the state’s three northern townships. They have been denied citizenship under the 1982 Citizens Law.

    The Rakhine violence is a major embarrassment for the government of President Thein Sein, a reformer who came to power in March, last year, who has called on Myanmar Buddhists to show restraint in the Rakhine, so far without much avail

  3. Just returned home from a funeral service

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    I just got back home from a funeral service of a 95-year-old lady…
    The weather is awful right now. Very few cars on the road, kind of scary…

    Hurricane Sandy will be here at any time. If you don’t hear from me,
    you know why.

    The Governor has already declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts as Hurricane Sandy approached New England, threatening heavy rains and damaging winds that could bring massive power outages.

     

  4. Please think before believing in Nonsense

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    Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.
    ~George Santayana

    Many Cambodian said they saw a face of the former Khmer King (Norodom Sihanouk) who just passed a way on the 15 of October 2012, on the moon several days ago. Rumors are spreading like fire. #wp  

    everyday.com.kh

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  5. I am home again

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    I just got back. Still have so many things to get done. I will visit all of you tomorrow. Missed you so much my dearest friends. 

    A very sad day for us: A 95-year-old elderly we just visited at the nursing home, passed a way last night…At 95, she still had an amazing memory. She was able to communicate with us so well on the day we visited her. So sad that she had to leave us. Nothing is permanent…

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  6. Please do not let anything or anyone ruin your smile

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    I am taking one week off from my regular job to do charity work with Buddhist Monks and Buddhist Nuns for one whole week. I will return home Tuesday night. I will have a little access to g+ via my phone, but the connection is very slow. I can read streams, and  a few plus+ing, but comment may not be possible. Too slow.  G+ friends is just like my second family. I respect and cherish our friendship here very much. Take care my dear friends. I will miss all of you and the beautiful posts you share very much. Everyone is my teacher. I have learned so much from each and everyone of you. See you again Tuesday night, next week.

    Hard to say 'Goodbye

    Eli and his big sister, didn't want to say say goodbye to Varananda because they had so much fun playing together at the  Mediation Center.  

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  7. Real peace in this world

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    Every child you encounter is a divine appointment. ~Wess Stafford   

    From left: 4-year-old Eli and 3-year-old Varananda of Massachusetts having a great time at the Peace Meditation Center on October 6, 2012.

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  8. Home Sweet Home

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    Be back to visit all of you soon!

    L i f e is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.       ~Author Unknown 

    Jendhamuni on October 6, 2012. Photo taken by Melia.

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