Congratulations to the people of Egypt!

To the people of Egypt, you should be commended for your non-violent approach to this revolution. Through great adversity you stuck with it, and fought with no other intention except to do it peacefully.

You are a shining light to the rest of the world. I am excited to see your resolve in this situation and am even more excited to witness what the future holds for you and your country.

In the words of Mahatma Ghandi, “Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong”. You fought hard, and did not waver from your ideals. Good job Egypt!

“It Is Too Late”

A couple of days ago, I dropped into a local Tibetan shop and started talking with one of the owners. Whenever I get the chance to, I love to ask ethnic shop owners about their background and how they ended up here. This being a Tibetan shop I was curious, of course, about her roots to Tibet and what her journey had been like.

She was 9 years old when she left Tibet, her family fleeing via the Nangpa La Pass. She didn’t go into great detail, but as we can all imagine from stories we’ve already heard, it was not easy. Her family made it safely to Nepal, and from there she was schooled in Nepal as well as in India.

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Interview with musician/ activist, Shenpenn Khymsar

I had a chance recently to talk with Shenpenn Khymsar, Tibetan activist, producer of the documentary “Journey Of A Dream” and guitarist in metal act Avatara. We talked a bit about his background in music and his intentions with the documentary. For those that don’t know about the film, here’s a brief snippet from the website, there is also a trailer for the film at the bottom of the interview…

“This revolutionary politically driven Rock-U-mentary is the first of its kind to put a spotlight on the hidden musical talents of his birth place Darjeeling that struggles to survive much less get noticed. Journey of a Dream takes a candid look into the lives of generations of Tibetan refugees in Darjeeling, Dharmsala, New York and Canada. Tibetans all over the world are politically, philosophically, and spiritually loyal to their history, culture which is what keeps the dream of a free Tibet alive for future generations. For Khymsar expressing his dedication and love for his occupied homeland Tibet through Heavy Metal, a musical form as complex and undeniably passionate as his own struggle, was a natural evolution.”

Click to read the interview

Free Hugs? A Worldwide Movement!

Back in 2007 I stumbled on a fantastic video on the Free Hugs movement, original post is here. Until today I didn’t realize just how widespread it was. So what I have done is consolidated as many videos as I could find, into this one post. These videos were the first thing I watched this morning, a good way to start with a smile. So here is what I’ve dug up so far… I’m sure I’m missing some, but you get the scope of how BIG this movement is…

The original Free Hugs video featuring Juan Mann and music by the Sick Puppies “All The Same”

New York City

Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku, Japan

Click to see even more Free Hugs videos

Pets are not commodities.

Ed. Note – Thank you Sarah, aka @_karmadorje from Twitter, for this heartfelt and researched article. I had asked her to write about puppy farming after seeing numerous posts from her on Twitter about the subject. While I didn’t know much about it, I felt it would help to have someone write about it that did know something about it. I do know this, when I was looking for my dog, our intention was not to buy from a store. We adopted her from some people who got in over there heads, like so many other’s that don’t realize how big the responsibility is. Again, thanks Sarah, great job!

Nate very kindly invited me to write a post for his blog on why we should think twice about buying pets from pet shops. I thank Nate for giving me this opportunity to write about something that most people know about, but ignore.

Why do we ignore it? I think it’s because the subject is distressing & somehow too big to become involved. Also because unless you do a Google search, there isn’t much written in the public arena about puppy & kitten farming. Occasionally there may be something in the Sunday papers, but if you are like me, you skim the page before moving on because the story is generally distressing, the stuff of nightmares. Even less discussed is the horrific numbers of healthy, but unwanted cats & dogs which are euthanized each year.

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Sea Shepherd Acknowledges the Guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

From Seashepherd.org

Captain Watson responds here to the comments made by the Dalia Lama at the end of his 11 day tour of Japan. The Dalai Lama said he supported Sea Shepherd’s goal of preventing whalers from harming whales but added that “their (activities) should be non-violent”.

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama said at a media conference in Japan that he continues to support the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He did rebuke us and said to his Japanese hosts that our activities should be non-violent. He issued this criticism in response to accusations by some in Japan who have accused Sea Shepherd of violence during our interventions against the annual bloody slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.” Said Captain Watson.

Captain Watson continued “The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society agrees with His Holiness on the imperative of taking a non-violent approach, but also believes that the Japanese government has misinformed him of the activities of the Society.

We are in agreement with the Dalai Lama on this and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has never caused an injury to any individual. Reports that we have caused injuries have been fabricated for public relations purposes. We take every precaution to not cause injury, although we do destroy property that is used to take the life of sentient beings and for this we make no apologies. This year the Society has directly saved the lives of 528 whales and over 800 endangered Bluefin tuna. We are in the business of saving lives and not inflicting harm”

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society respects the Dalai Lama and his guidance is of great value to the Society.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will continue to intervene against the illegal
slaughter of these gentle Buddha’s of the sea and we will continue to do it exercising the utmost caution to not cause of harm to any person BUT rather to be the cause of saving the lives of hundreds of sentient beings from the mercilessly ruthless harpoons of the Japanese whaling fleet.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society wishes the Dalai Lama every success in his visit to Japan.

Dalai Lama criticises anti-whaling protesters

The Tricycle Editors Blog points us toward the following article… from AFP… any thoughts?

“The Dalai Lama on Saturday criticised wildlife activists for staging what he said were violent protests over Japan’s hunting of whales.

The rebuke came as the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader visited Japan for an 11-day lecture tour.

At a news conference, he said he had told the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to stop its violent harassment of Japan’s whaling fleet.

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Urgent Call to Action: Bodhisattvas Needed in the Gulf Area

Reposted for friend in the Dharma, Maia Duerr

Oil-soaked pelican, Louisiana, May 23, 2010 (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Okay people, it’s triage time. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is far worse than first thought, the wildlife, marine ecosystem, and the human ecosystem of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the entire Gulf Coast are being devastated as you read this.

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