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The Chenrezig Project is a Buddhist group based in Yalaha, Florida under the guidance of Buddhist teacher Mark Winwood. We take our name in recognition of Chenrezig, the Tibetan Buddhist representation (and emanation) of perfect compassion.

We are committed to using the aspects of householder life -- home, workplace, the intimacy of committed relationship, the challenges of health and aging -- as our areas of work.

Our teachings and practices follow the Tibetan tradition and are illuminated by the American experience, respectful of all the teachings and schools of Buddhism.

We are dedicated to developing the good heart by cultivating wisdom and compassion through our studies and practices throughout the Central Florida area.

At the core of our work is the cultivation of the wise and spacious quality known as "bodhicitta" -- the deep, altruistic intention to realize genuine wisdom and compassion in ourselves in order to best help beings everywhere do the same.

We study teachings and practices both directly and indirectly sourced from Lama Tsongkhapa's Lam-rim Chen-mo, the foundational 15th century text of teachings and practices of the path to enlightenment. (For those who are familiar, we are now working with the Great Scope teachings.)

We gather regularly on Monday and Wednesday evenings in Yalaha, Sunday evenings in Eustis and Friday eves in Winter Park. All are welcome to come and benefit from exposure to this wonderful curriculum, regardless of experience or familiarity with Buddhism.

Our gatherings are informative, friendly, supportive and practical. All are invited. Thank you!

Chenrezig = Compassion


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A news wrap-up concerning Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, Tibet, India, etc.

Rare Tibet photos and arifacts are auctioned in the UK
Rare photographs from a British military expedition into Tibet in 1904 have been auctioned in Britain. (August 17)

The rupee's decline
The economies of many emerging markets are struggling. In China, for example, credit has dried up so much that all but one of the car dealers in the once booming city of Shenmu in the northwest have failed. Perhaps the country the world should be most worried about is India. The country's currency, the rupee, has been falling sharply against the dollar, briefly passing 62 to the dollar; it was at 55 to the dollar as recently as May. Inflation remains high even as growth is slowing. India's troubles have been long in the making . . . its biggest problem has been its weak, ineffective and corrupt political system. (August 17)

Indian man single-handedly plants a 1,360-acre forest
A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site so he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that he planted -- single-handedly. (August 17)

Do you have to be skinny to do yoga?
It might be time to look beyond the images in magazines to see what yoga has to offer. (August 17)

Mass protest in Tibet against Chinese mining
Thousands of Tibetans took part in a major protest against Chinese mining activities last week in Gedrong Zatoe County, Kham, Eastern Tibet. According to an exile Tibetan living in Dharamsaala with a close contact in the region, more than 4,000 Tibetans protested when hundreds of Chinese miners arrived for mining. (August 17)

India seeks to overhaul a corporate world rife with fraud
In the wake of global scandals involving kickbacks and accounting fraud, one unlikely country, India, is aiming to set a tone in overhauling its corporate oversight laws. (August 17)

Freedom to love: India will also warm up to same-sex marriage
India might find it easier to tolerate same-sex marriage because . . . at least it's marriage (August 17)

Why do we feel schadenfreude?
When other people suffer misfortunes, we feel sorry for them. Or do we? More than we probably want to admit, we sometimes are secretly pleased. (August 17)

Water wars in India's South
The "temples of modern India" was how an enamored Jawaharlal Nehru described the country's dams. Today, the sentiment rings true insofar as these behemoths, much like India's ancient temples, remain a source of never-ending wrangling. The Mullaperiyar Dam, a 112-year-old reservoir located on the Periyar River in Kerala, is no different. The dispute over the dam, distinct as it may be in its historic makings, is ultimately symptomatic of a festering federalist crisis in India. (August 13)

India-Pakistan tensions spike as two sides trade fire across the border
After a weekend of escalating tensions in the disputed territory of Kashmir, the Indian Army has again accused Pakistan of violating the 2003 ceasefire at the border between the two countries. A spokesperson for the Defense Ministry told the Indian press that Pakistani troops had targeted Indian military posts with heavy firing for several hours early Monday morning, in what the government says is Pakistan's fifth ceasefire violation in the last three days. (August 13)

Bangladesh descends into chaos
This year has seen many mass protests in Bangladesh. With national elections scheduled for early 2014 and no agreement on how they should be conducted, many more demonstrations are likely, and they may well end up killing more people. (August 13)

You have quit Europe, now quit India, farmers tell Monsanto
Close on the heels of transnational seed company Monsanto abandoning its programme for development of genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe last month, there are growing calls for the company to do the same in India. (August 13)

After political and religious repression, Tibet faces . . . an onslaught of private equity bankers?
The government of the Lhoka, or Shannan prefecture, in the Tibetan region of China is rolling out the red carpet for private equity funds, the Financial Times reports. The prefecture is offering tax breaks to funds and partners, as well as sweeteners to tax-shy investors. (August 13)

Exile Tibetan government's Chinese language website hacked
Web security experts say the Chinese language website of the Tibetan government in exile has been attacked by some malicious software that can infect a visitor's computer, the latest in a series of cyber attacks against the Tibetan exiles. The software can be used for spying on its visitors, according to Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab. (August 12)

Author Wendell Berry wins Ohio peace award
Wendell Berry, the Kentucky-based author, essayist and poet was named winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's lifetime achievement award for his steadfast promotion of the need for people to live at peace with their environment. (August 11)

Japan marks 68th anniversary of Hiroshima
Some 50,000 people stood for a minute of silence in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the early morning blast on Aug. 6, 1945, that killed up to 140,000 people. The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed tens of thousands more, prompting Japan's surrender to the World War II Allies. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, among many dignitaries attending the event, said that as the sole country to face nuclear attack, Japan has the duty to seek to wipe out nuclear weapons. (August 6)

India floods: fears grow for farmland devastated in Uttarakhand
With the Indian government focusing on rescue and relief operations, the floods-related plight of farmers has been largely ignored. (August 6)

HHDL arrives in Ladakh for meditational retreat
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Leh town in Ladakh region of north India on Monday morning for a three-week stay during which he will undertake a meditational retreat for the cause of Tibet. (August 6)

Research predicts warmer, wetter Himalayas
Leading scientists involved in the research on climate change impacts in the Himayalan region have predicted that the water levels of rivers originating from the Himalayas would not drop and the rivers would not dry up in thenear future, thanks to an increase in monsoon rains. The glaciers, however, would shrink and the Himalayas would witness less meltwater, according to the findings of latest research led by Walter Immerzeel, a scientist from Utrecht University in the Netherlands who is affiliated with the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development. (August 6)

China's human rights situation is gettng worse, says U.S. official
China's human rights situation is getting worse, a senior US official said in Beijing last week, as reports of another detention increased fears of a crackdown on activists and lawyers. (August 6)

India's newest state is born out of political calculation, not cultural identity
The pro-Telangana movement draws most of its support from those who feel that the area has been economically neglected by New Delhi and by the state government of Andhra Pradesh; it was galvanized by a 2009 hunger strike by K. Chandrasekhara Rao, chief of the separatist Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party. But the more recent catalysts for the formation of India's 29th state are more calculated. (August 5)

Five soldiers killed in attack by Pakistani troops on Indian post
Pakistani troops attacked an Indian post along the Line of Control in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir, killing five Indian soldiers. (August 5)

Coming soon: India's 29th state . . . Telangana
After years of hunger strikes, sit-ins, and even suicides by activists, India's ruling Congress party has endorsed the creation of Telangana as the 29th state of India by dividing the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. (July 30)

Uttarakhand disaster is a wake-up call: expert
Climate change expert RK Pachauri tells Forbes India that the Himalayan states need afforestation and strict building norms. (July 30)

China's coastguard confront Japanese ships near disputed islands
China says its ships 'sternly declared' sovereignty over the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. (July 30)

The Southeast Asian haze is back and worse may follow
The choking haze from forest and peat fires in the western Indonesian island of Sumatra is back. Last week, it reportedly started to blanket parts of Malaysia, reigniting fears that millions of people on both sides of the Strait of Malacca would again endure the days of record pollution they suffered in June. With August to October considered the peak period for forest fires, authorities have warned that the worst may be yet to come. (July 30)

Biden urges closer cooperation before India's business elite
In India, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. urged India's financial elite to seize the chance to bolster ties with the United States, to benefit both nations on areas like the economy and environment. (July 28)

Tibetans unwanted at Chinese factories making Apple products: Report
A labor rights group has accused Chinese factories that make Apple products of indulging in discriminatory hiring practices against ethnic minorities, including Tibetans. (July 28)

Internet freedom in China suffers more under new leaders: Report
Internet control in China has become even more sophisticated and pervasive under the leadership of the country's new Communist Party bosses headed by President Xi Jinping, according to a new report. (July 27)

China earthquake: death toll rises with thousands left homeless
At least 89 are dead and 500 badly injured in Gansu province as hundreds of aftershocks hit. (July 23)

China vows to intensify crackdown on pro-Tibet materials
China has vowed to implement more stringent measures to crackdown on what it calls "illegal publications" and "reactionary promotional products" including text messages, audio visual products, TV and radio programmes and books in Tibet. (July 23)

Is Google gobbling up the Indian internet space?
Google has a staggering amount of control over the Indian internet space. Can that be good? (July 23)

China bans construction of government buildings
Chinese leaders issue directive in effort to appease public who are angry about official waste and corruption. (July 22)

Above the law? China's bully law-enforcement officers
On a typical day, few of the hundreds of thousands of people who flow past the Liujiayao Bridge in southern Beijing pay any attention to Su Lianzhi. But on March 23, the 53-year-old fruit vendor became the cause of thousands of passing commuters. Around 11 a.m., as Su and her family were trying to make a few sales, a white van swooped in. At least 10 men jumped out and began confiscating the family's fruit and three-wheeled cart. "My mother would not let them take the cart," says Su's daughter. "But the young men were hot-tempered, and they started hitting her." (July 21)

India declares 5,748 missing in Himalayan floods
A month after massive flash floods struck the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, officials will begin distributing relief funds to the families of the 5,748 declared missing. The chief minister said last week that those who had not been found by July 15 would be declared dead, which would entitle their families to compensation of 500,000 rupees ($8,300). (July 16)

As mystery illness stalks its young, India intensifies search for a killer
The children begin arriving every year in mid-May, brought to an overburdened hospital in one of India's most impoverished areas by their panic-stricken mothers. Seemingly healthy hours earlier, most have lapsed into a coma, punctuated by convulsions. Doctors work to calm the convulsions and keep the children hydrated, but then have to watch helplessly along with the anguished parents as a third of their young patients die, often within hours. Then, as suddenly as it started, the mysterious outbreak stops with the onset of the monsoon rains. No one knows why. (July 16)

In India, gold glitters but brings ecconomic woes
India's love of imported gold is putting undue pressure on the country's current account deficit, which is expected to be above $65 billion for the fiscal year. (July 15)

How Thailand's botched rice scheme blew a big hole in its economy
The plan was simple: Thailand's government would buy rice from local farmers at a generous price, some 50 percent above the market rates. It would hold the rice in warehouses, cutting off exports to the rest of the world. The sudden shortage from the world's heavyweight champion of rice exports would cause a spike in global prices. Then, payday for the government as it swung open the warehouse doors and sold its stockpile to the world at a premium. Farmers win, the government wins, foreign consumers lose, but then they don't vote in Thai elections, so what do they matter? The plan was a political no-brainer, except for one problem . . . (July 15)

More serious injuries in Tibet shooting reported
More Tibetans have been reportedly shot by the Chinese 'People's Armed Police' during the celebration of the 78th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (July 6) in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. 15 Tibetans have now been seriously injured after being shot by Chinese police at the public spiritual event, said latest reports. (July 14)

Police arrest one over Bodh Gaya blasts
Indian police have arrested a man over weekend bomb attacks targeting the Mahabodhi Stupa and other sites in Bidh Gaya, and were studying closed circuit TV footage that appeared to show two men planting explosives. (July 9)

Upholding Buddha's teachings best response to Bodh Gaya terror: Karmapa
The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has expressed his deep sadness over the "senseless violence" in the sacred town of Bodh Gaya and said the best response to the attacks is to uphold the Buddha's teachings on love and ahimsa. (July 8)

Northern China's air pollution reduces life expectancy by 5.5 years: study
High levels of air pollution will cause 500 million people to lose an aggregate 2.5 billion years from their lives. (July 7)

Tragic violence during HHDL birthday celebration
A Tibetan monk is in critical condition and several others, including a brother of a self-immolator, have been severely injured after Chinese security forces opened fire and used tear gas to disperse a crowd gathered to mark the 78th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Tawu region of eastern Tibet. (July 7)

Buddhist monks offer shelter to persecuted Burma Muslims
More than 1,000 Muslims who fled Burma's latest bout of sectarian violence huddled in a Buddhist monastery guarded by army soldiers as calm returned. (July 4)

Myanmar bans TIME Magazine issue over 'Buddhist Terror' cover
Myanmar's government banned last week's international issue of TIME after widespread outrage in the country over the magazine's cover story featuring a controversial monk known as the Venerable Wirathu with the title "The Face of Buddhist Terror." (July 4)

China strongly denies lifting ban on HHDL's portraits in Tibet
The Chinese government has strongly denied reports of any relaxation in their decades old policy in Tibet of a blanket ban on the display of portraits of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. China's abject denial comes after reports of isolated cases of relaxation in the portrait-ban, as "experimental" measures, came out of Tibet over the past few days. (June 30)

India's first navigation satellite soars to success
India's first dedicated navigation satellite, developed by the Indian Space Research Organization, was successfully put in orbit on Monday night. (June 30)

Seven-and-a-half million cars trigger parking wars in Delhi
India's capital, Delhi, has seen many a great war. But the latest one is being fought in the most unlikely of places -- the residential colonies in the city. Roadside parking spots have become the battlefield as the number of cars in Delhi has surged over the years. (June 30)

China completes internet monitoring scheme in Tibet
In a security crackdown, Tibetans are now required to register for internet and mobile phones under their real names. (June 30)

India bans testing of cosmetics on animals
India is the first country in South Asia to ban the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals. (June 30)

Kerry prods India to cut greenhouse gas emissions
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged India to begin to address climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases even as it attempts to bring electricity to tens of millions of its citizens now living without it. (June 24)

Chinese parents left childless do battle against one-child policy
In a country that still has a weak social welfare system, losing a child devastates more than emotions. Parents in China rely on only children to take care of them in old age. At times the pressure to succeed can be unbearable for single children, as can the challenges for parents who lose their child. (June 24)

As Asia embraces casinos, India hedges its bets
Legal gambling in the increasingly wealthy country of 1.2 billion is limited to state lotteries, horse races and a handful of casinos. Most gambling in India, from penny-stake games at street corners and card parties in affluent homes to wagers on cricket and underground numbers games, is illicit and goes untaxed. (June 24)

Why India trails China
A great gap between India and China is in the provision of essential public services - a failing that is a persistent drag on growth. (June 23)

1,000 dead and many more missing after floods hit Northern India
Flash floods and landslides in northern India have killed at least 1,000 people in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the past week, and with thousands missing or stranded the toll was expected to rise. (June 23)

China plays Kung Fu Panda with Austria
China has reportedly threatened to take away all pandas loaned to a zoo in Vienna over the "mistake" committed by Austrian leaders of meeting with HHDL more than a year ago. According to reports in the Austrian press, the Chinese government has threatened to take Schonbrunn Zoo's pandas away if the Austrian government meets the Dalai Lama again. (June 17)

Modern love: What's alikeness got to do with it?
The author always thought love was love, no matter where you were in the world. She learned differently while based in New Delhi for two months in 2006. (June 17)

China reports rise in humans encountering wild Siberian tigers
Villagers in rural Hunchun have mixed feelings about the government's initial success in boosting population of the endangered big cats. (June 17)

Indian village plants future for young girls
Judging by recent headlines, India has a long way to go when it comes to standing up for the rights of women. But in the small Indian village of Piplantri, the news is quite different. (June 17)

Crisis looms as India faces TB drug shortage
In what could be one of the largest setbacks for India's tuberculosis control program, there is a massive stock-out of anti-TB drugs across the nation. (June 16)

Kathmandu set to host conference on child friendly cities soon
Nepal will host the third international conference on child-friendly cities from June 27 to 29. This is the first time the country is hosting the conference aimed at securing child rights. (June 16)

The Dalai Lama expresses doubt over effectiveness of self-immolations
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has expressed doubts over the effectiveness of the unprecedented wave of self-immolations in Tibet, while calling the fiery protests "very, very sad." He was speaking to reporters in Sydney on the first day of his ongoing 11-day Australia visit. "It's a sad thing that happens. Of course it's very very sad. In the meantime, I doubt how much effect (there is) from such drastic actions," Reuters quoted the 77-year-old Tibetan leader as saying. Since 2009, as many as 119 known Tibetans living under China's rule have set themselves on fire demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama from exile. (June 16)

Tibetan schools to benefit from National Geographic Explorer program
Five Tibetan schools will be taking part in a special year-round programme for Science, Environmental Science, and English studies beginning this July. The exile Tibetan administration's Department of Education, in collaboration with National Geographic Explorer (NGX) Programme, USA will be implementing the program. More than 2,000 Tibetan students are expected to benefit from the special pogramme in its first year of implentation. (June 14)

In India, the tragic dilemma of 'Doll'
The sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl highlights the widespread exploitation of women and children. (June 10)

China plays Kung Fu Panda with Austria over HHDL
China has reportedly threatened to take away all pandas loaned to a zoo in Vienna over the "mistake" committed by Austrian leaders of meeting with the Dalai Lama more than a year ago. According to reports in the Austrian paper "Die Presse," the Chinese government has threatened to take Schonbrunn Zoo's pandas away if the Austrian government meets the Dalai Lama again. (June 10)

Indian rupee hits record low
The rupee fell to a new low against the dollar on earlier this week, hitting 58 rupees per dollar at one point. The previous low was recorded in June 2012 at 57.33 rupees for a dollar. (June 10)

Indian states strive for balance between tiger conservation and tourism
In July last year, the Indian Supreme Court banned tourism in the core areas of 41 tiger reserves in an attempt to protect the 1,700 tigers in the country. Three months later, the court reversed its decision but told the state-managed reserves to abide by new guidelines drafted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority. But there remains confusion. (June 4)

Thousands of Tibetans protest Chinese mining activities in Driru
According to the Dharamsala-based Central Tibetan Administration, more than 4,500 Tibetans gathered near Naglha Zamba, a sacred hill rich in mineral resources, to protest against its exploitation by Chinese miners on May 24. Chinese authorities responded by deploying over 50 military convoys at the protest site, giving rise to a "tense situation" in the region. (June 4)

Rolling stone who anchored India's women's movement dies
Vinadi's life, which ended in the early hours of the morning on May 30, 2013, was a teacher, educationist, administrator, researcher, institution builder, thinker, speaker, mother, wife, fighter, rebel, feminist, iconoclast and student. How is it possible, those who knew her often asked, to pack so much into a single lifetime? (June 3)

Khmer Rouge leaders say sorry for atrocities
Former Cambodian head of state Khieu Samphan apologises directly to individuals who lost relatives in 1975-79 genocide. (June 3)

Why China's growing military should concern India
India has several reasons to be wary of, and counter, China's military build-up. (June 2)

It's not just newborn babies abandoned in China
Having a baby and bringing it up is an expensive business in a system where welfare provision is poor and materialism counts as much as Confucianism and Marxism. (June 2)

Tibetan activists launch boycott of InterContinental over hotel plans
Free Tibet-led campaign calls on Holiday Inn owner to withdraw from vast Lhasa project criticised as 'PR coup' for Beijing. (May 28)

China's Nepalese friendship road leads to the heart of India's market
Beijing is investing millions in Araniko highway from Tibet to Kathmandu, as India looks on with concern. (May 27)

Malware targeting Tibetan activists discovered
Researchers at the global security software company ESET have discovered a cyberespionage malware targeting Tibetan activists which could have been active unnoticed for several years.. (May 21)

Everest: tourism and climate change provide new challenges
As the 60th anniversary of conquest looms, climbers and environmentalists fear new strains on the terrain and its people. (May 26)

U.S. Senate committee approves provision for 5000 visas to Tibetans in immigration bill
The Senate on Monday approved a provision of granting 5,000 visas to Tibetan refugees to enter the U.S. over a three-year period. The Tibetan visa provision will come into effect only after the wider immigration bill is passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives and becomes a law. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who introduced the Tibet amendment, cited "terrible" and increasing oppression by Chinese authorities against Tibetans. (May 21)

After fighting over mountains, India and China lock horns in the Indian Ocean
While the Indian and Chinese governments have grown accustomed to managing a conflict frozen on the roof of the world, a whole new terrain of contest is emerging far away from the Himalayas: the Indian Ocean. An Indian Defense Ministry report published last month warned of the "grave threat" posed by an emboldened Chinese navy in India's maritime backyard. China's rapidly expanding submarine fleet - it counts 45 such vessels to India's 14 - has widened its orbit of patrols beyond Chinese territorial waters. (May 21)

India: Men pose with toilets to woo brides
Single Indian men are posting pictures of themselves alongside toilets to show prospective brides that they can safely use the bathroom. (May 20)

Tibetans denied permission to protest as Chinese Premier Li lands in India
In the run up to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's maiden visit to India, security presence around Tibetan residential areas in New Delhi has been drastically increased and local authorities have rejected a request for public protest by Tibetan NGOs. (May 20)

Organic rice farmer in India yields over 22 tons of crop on only two acres, proving the fraud of GMOs and Big Ag
Despite all the claims made by industry-funded sources that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and other industrial agricultural methods are necessary for the future of humanity, Natural News reports that it is the traditional growing methods that continue to shine through as the real sustainers of life. (May 20)

Bumpy road for trophy cars in India
A new willingness to spend among the growing affluent class has lured high-end automakers to India. But driving supercars there can be a challenge. (May 14)

India: Protesters decry verdict in 1984 Sikh massacre
The gatherings are to decry the exoneration of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, accused of playing a major role in the 1984 riots that saw the massacre of around 3,000 Sikhs nationwide. (May 14)

Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury accused of rape in two new lawsuits
Former students file lawsuits in California charging Bikram yoga founder with sexual assault and human trafficking. (May 13)

Should India provide direct military aid to Afghanistan?
Over the past decade, India has invested heavily in Afghanistan's reconstruction. Recognizing India's significant economic and development contributions, the United States has called on New Delhi to play an important role in the new Silk Road initiative aimed at transforming Afghanistan into a regional trade hub. (May 13)

Dinosaur skeleton to be returned to Mongolia
After a little detour through the American criminal justice system, Mongolia's celebrity dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus bataar, is heading home, the most recent stage in a journey spanning some 70 million years. (May 6)

China commits billions in aid to Africa as part of charm offensive
A database reveals the Chinese government has backed more than 1,700 projects on the African continent since 2000 in an apparent attempt to win favor. (May 6)

Stressed Chinese leave cities, head for countryside
Fed up with choking smog, traffic jams, unsafe food, stress and the general toxicity of life in urban China, a growing number of affluent Chinese are deserting big cities such as Beijing and Shenzhen and settling in remote regions. (May 6)

Pakistan's women face battle for the right to vote
Fears over the safety of women voting in next week's elections in Pakistan are rising after letters have been circulated in regions of the country warning men not to allow their wives, sisters and daughters out to the polling stations. (April 30)

Mount Everest fight raises questions about Sherpas
The Sherpas play a complex, evolving role on the increasingly popular peak. (April 30)

Senior Nepalese leader to Xi: Will repress Tibetan refugees
A senior Nepalese leader has promised China's President Xi Jinping that the Himalayan country will "repress" Tibetan refugees living in Nepal who are involved in free Tibet activities. (April 30)

Burma sectarian clashes
Brick-wielding gangs smash mosque windows and loot shops as unrest between Muslims and Buddhists intensifies in Burma. (April 30)

Everest climbers abandon ascent after attack by scores of angry Sherpas
A British climber and two companions confronted on Everest by what they describe as an angry mob are returning home after deciding they no longer feel safe enough to stay on the mountain. (April 30)

[Thai] Buddhists up in arms about Jesus, Buddha-inspired cartoon
Thailand's conservative Buddhists and fans of Japanese manga are standing firm on opposite sides of a debate about whether a cartoon series, 'Saint Young Men', portrays Buddha, one of its two main characters, in an inappropriate manner. (April 30)

Fast, cheap, dead: Shopping and the Bangladesh factory collapse
The collapse of a factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh, which killed at least 362 people, is almost certainly the worst accident in the history of the garment industry. The clothes that the doomed workers in Dhaka were laboring over when their factory collapsed include some Western brands, like Primark and Joe Fresh. Is there anything we as clothing consumers can or should do about these deaths?. (April 23)

Guinness record holder dies performing stunt over Indian river
Year after year, stunt after stunt, Indians have had their names imprinted in the Guinness Book of World Records, that official chronicler of human achievement that is often the gatekeeper of the eclectic and the bizarre. (One Indian man has the world's longest mustache, while another was once lauded for the world's longest fingernails.) That drive to outdo and maintain a claim to fame took a tragic turn this weekend when Sailendra Nath Roy, celebrated for pulling a train with his ponytail, died while performing a rope stunt over the turbulent Teesta River in West Bengal. (April 29)

HHDL retutning to Emory in October for a series of public and campus events
Emory University is pleased to announce that His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University, will return to Atlanta October 8-10, 2013 for a series of public and campus events including programs on responsible citizenship, ethics and education. Two events -- a public talk titled The Pillars of Responsible Citizenship in the 21st Century Global Village, and an afternoon panel session on Secular Ethics in Education -- are scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. Admission to both (or either) events is included with each ticket purchased. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. EDT at, in-person at the box office at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, or by phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. (April 24)

China earthquake: experience could not save those too slow or too small
Sichuan quake leaves 200 people dead or missing, 11,800 injured and an estimated 100,000 homeless as clean up begins. (April 23)

China's Nepalese friendship road leads to the heart of India's market
Beijing is investing millions in the Araniko highway from Tibet to Kathmandu, as India looks on with concern. (April 23)

More child rapes being reported in Delhi, police say
The case of a five-year old girl in East Delhi who was raped this month, sparking protests across the city, is the fifth reported case of sexual abuse of a minor in the city in just one week in April, according to police records. A public relations officer with the Delhi Police said that it was not necessarily the number of crimes that had increased in the city, but the number of reported cases. (April 23)

Severe repression in Tibet says U.S. Human Rights report
The U.S. Department of State has released a Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012 in which it says China's respect for and protection of human rights in Tibet "deteriorated markedly." "The [Chinese] government engaged in the severe repression of Tibet's unique religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage by, among other means, strictly curtailing the civil rights of China's ethnic Tibetan population, including the freedoms of speech, religion, association, and movement," the report says. (April 15)

Swiss government backs away from HHDL
The Dalai Lama will meet members of Swiss parliament for the first time during a visit to Switzerland starting on Saturday but members of the seven-person federal cabinet will not be receiving the Tibetan spiritual leader. (April 15)

Burma launches four private dailies
Four of 16 groups in Burma which won licenses to publish dailies under the reformist government launched their maiden editions Monday - the first time privately run daily newspapers hit the streets in nearly 50 years. Copies of the four newspapers - The Voice, The Golden Fresh Land, The Union Daily and The Standard Time - quickly sold out due to high demand, publishers said. (April 14)

Investigation of 1984 Sikh massacre continues in India
Laying blame for the 1984 massacre of thousands of Sikhs in India has taken center stage in Delhi again after a court reopened an investigation against the Indian National Congress Party politician Jagdish Tytler. (April 14)

Uproar over Tibetan self-immolator's secret cremation in Nepal
Authorities in Nepal have secretly cremated a Tibetan Buddhist monk who self-immolated in the country's capital Kathmandu in a protest calling for freedom from Chinese rule for Tibet, Tibetan advocacy and rights groups said, suggesting Beijing had pressured the Nepal government. (April 14)

Apple bars China app for "illegal" content, including Tibet
Apple has removed at least one online application from the China App Store because it provides access to books that are banned by the Chinese government, according to the developer of the app. (April 14)

HHDL leaves for Europe
The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Monday left his exile hometown of Dharamsala for a ten-day European tour during which he is scheduled to give a series of public talks, teachings and discussions in Italy, Switzerland and England. (April 9)

Does China love pork too much?
The thousands of pig carcasses dumped in a Chinese river appear to be a symptom of the rush to satisfy the demand for pig meat. (April 8)

Tibetan woman self-immolates over encroachment
A Tibetan woman has set herself on fire in in Amdo Province to protest against the demolition of her home. Citing sources in the region, the US-based Radio Free Asia said the protest occurred last week when a Chinese wrecking crew arrived to destroy her house. "Because of the eviction [of Tibetans] from their homes and the confiscation of people's farmland, a Tibetan woman self-immolated about a week ago" RFA quoted a Tibetan man as saying. (April 7)

'Kissinger Cables' offer window into Indian politics of the 1970s
The "Kissinger Cables," a collection of U.S. diplomatic cables released on Monday by WikiLeaks, contain some fascinating revelations about the political scenario in India in the 1970s. . (April 7)

Peng Liyuan: China's first lady steals limelight on overseas tour
The new first lady emerges as a trendy contrast to her predecessors during Xi Jinping's first trip abroad since becoming president. (April 7)

8 killed as Myanmar Buddhists, Muslims clash in Indonesia
In a testament to just how deep tensions are running, Buddhist fishermen and Muslim asylum seekers who fled Myanmar hoping for a better life brawled with rocks and knives at an immigration detention center in Indonesia, leaving eight dead and another 15 injured, police said. (April 5)

Low-cost drugs in poor nations get a lift in Indian court
People in developing countries worldwide will continue to have access to low-cost copycat versions of drugs for diseases like H.I.V. and cancer, at least for a while. Production of the generic drugs in India, the world's biggest provider of cheap medicines, was ensured on Monday in a ruling by the Indian Supreme Court. (April 1)

China expands list of activities forbidden to Tibetans
Chinese authorities are circulating a new list of 13 "unlawful" behaviors in a protest-hit Tibetan county in China's northwestern Qinghai province, warning Tibetans against involvement in self-immolation protests and a range of other activities deemed supportive of challenges to Chinese rule. (April 1)

Anti-rape law means India needs more female cops
"Who will rape such an old woman?" asked a senior police officer in Uttar Pradesh last month, responding to a rape complaint by a 35-year-old mother of four. (March 28)

In Burma, satellite images show extent of religious violence
The scale of devastation wreaked by last month's communal riots in central Burma has been revealed by new satellite images. The remains of hundreds of smoldering homes scar three once-thriving Muslim neighborhoods. Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims 828 buildings were obliterated across some 24 hectares. Most shocking has been the leading role the Buddhist clergy played in the bloodshed, creating a tinderbox atmosphere across the country that shows little sign of dissipating. (March 28)

China plots more sea burials; faces grave space limitation
On April 4 Chinese everywhere will honor their deceased loved ones by packing up bags of gifts, flowers and fare to take to their graves as part of Qingming festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, a national holiday of adulation for Chinese ancestors. But the more than 2,500-year-old ancient tradition underscores a crippling theme in much of the now-urbanized China: there's no room. (March 27)

HHDL talks about self-immolations
Speaking about the on-going self-immolation protests in Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that "the ultimate factor is their (self-immolators) individual motivation." (March 27)

Second self-immolation in 24 hours
Another another Tibetan has set himself on fire in an apparent protest against China's continuing occupation of Tibet. (March 25)

Code of conduct for Nepal's Hindu priests soon
For Hindu priests who carry out various rites and rituals at their own discretion, a code of conduct is on the cards to bring uniformity in the their practice. Initiated by Rastriya Dharmasabha Nepal, the code of conduct will detail what the priests can and cannot do. (March 25)

A tainted tradition
Natpurwa is an Indian village where women have been forced into prostitution for centuries. And one of them is determined to help the others break free. (March 25)

India's "rotten diplomacy" in Sri Lanka breeds loathing
As a rule, living in Sri Lanka means encountering some of the friendliest people on earth. But since the civil war ended in 2009, there is a startlingly consistent loathing for India, and a doubled such loathing for Tamils from India. (March 25)

Miracle on the rock face
In Sri Lanka is the Rambadagalla Monaragala temple. After a climb of a few hundred yards from the road, without being aware of what is on offer, the traveller, the pilgrim, the devotee or whoever it may be, is suddenly faced with a magnificent creation -- a massive white granite statue of the Buddha, a miracle of the modern world, a beauty beyond belief. (March 25)