Category Archives: Features

  • Himalayan Viagra: Tibet’s gold rush may be coming to an end

    For hundreds of thousands of Tibetan herders across a vast swath of the plateau, caterpillar fungus is their main source of income, their economic lifeline and their only link to China’s growing prosperity. ...

  • Dharma holiday in Sikkim

    Ravangla has a Buddha park with a 130-foot statue of the Buddha, named and consecrated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as "Tathagata Tsal". ...

  • Tibetan Warrior — a film review

    The real life story of a Switzerland-based Tibetan musician, his frustrations, aspirations, and struggle while the whole world continue to overlook what is happening inside Tibet and choose to shake hands with China. ...

  • John Kenneth Knaus, 92, CIA officer who aided in Tibetan struggle

    The CIA trainers knew next to nothing about Tibet. They thought of Buddhism only as the Tibetans’ religion and not as the bedrock of their nationalism. ...

  • Eight places around the world for Buddhist pilgrimage

    Here are eight places since this is a significant number in Buddhism, in view of the eight-fold path; Buddha's birthday celebrated on the eighth day, and more. ...

  • Beyond the wire: Harry Wu

    He resolved not only to survive 20 years of torture, but also to ensure that no one forgot China’s laogai and the thousands suffering there. ...

  • Tribute to Commander Pachen

    Pachen can literally be translated as “man of great courage”, and this was certainly the case for the man I knew; a true Khampa warrior, who spent his adult life in the service of a cause that he believed was just and right. ...

  • Tibetan Market fire in Varkala, one year later

    In a beautiful setting atop a cliff overlooking a beach, Varkala figures among the top South India destinations for both domestic and international tourists when the North reels under winter cold. ...

  • A Tibetan in Goa

    Jigme Damdul has been coming to Goa's Arambol beach in winter for many years. But not for the traveller's dream — he is one of many Tibetans who sell trinkets and souvenirs to tourists. ...

  • Tibetan self-immolations replaced by solo demonstrations?

    Adrak's last words before Chinese police dragged him away were "May the Dalai Lama live 10,000 years". ...