"If Tibetans saw even a sliver of an opportunity to hold demonstrations, then they would not resort to self-immolation."
"There is a sky burial point three kilometers from our monastery. But Palden had self-immolated with gasoline, and he had been beaten brutally, given this situation, we realized the birds might not come."
Train in the Brahma-viharas, walk with a heart and mind imbued with balance and equanimity, practice kindness, love, and compassion. The urgency to live thus is immeasurable. Everywhere you look there is suffering.
This has been one of the most difficult books to read, it's hard to get through a page without being overwhelmed with deep deep sadness and tears. I am so grateful for this author, to risk her safety and own well being, to help give these monks and the people of Tibet a voice.
A monastery in ruins in a village near #Repkong. The main hall was destroyed by a mudslide. The villagers and the monks are participating to the construction phase of the monastery. It is a way to get future rewards and good fortune. As such, a monastery is financially dependent on the villagers. One of them said to me "the lama knew that the mountain will destroy the monastery one day and he asked the villagers to build a new one down the hill. The villagers refused and the monks left. It closed ten years ago." #ruin#monastery#nolife#empty#documentary#photo#religion#faith#buddhism#china#amdo#tibet#qinghai