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March 18, 2009 Posted by | China, The Dalai Lama, Tibet, _CARTOON, _RELIGION | Leave a comment

Sonam Choedon is Miss Tibet 2008

Sonam Choedon is Miss Tibet 2008

By standing as a Miss Tibet, I would be speaking on behalf of the Tibetan people, telling their story and making people more aware of the Tibetan situation. I believe that awareness is the key issue, and hope that by sharing my story it will empower others to do the same.

Eighteen-year-old Sonam Choedon was crowned the new Miss Tibet last night at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India.

Former Miss Tibet Tenzin Dolma passed on the crown to the new Miss Tibet amid fireworks, showers of confetti, and a huge applauding crowd.

Choedon was awarded 100,000 rupees to further her education and skills.

“Miss Tibet is a great platform to talk about Tibet. I will do my best to do that,” says Choedon moments after crowning.

Jamyang Chentso, the only other contestant, was the runner-up, and was presented with a 50,000-rupee cheque.

Dr Rashmi Ramoul, a lecturer at the Government College for Teachers’ Education, and Natasha Mendes from Brasil, a belly-dance teacher, adjudged the winner.

To a judge’s query in the interview round about the relevance of Gandhi to the Tibetan people, Choedon said, “Gandhi is the most important freedom fighter of India. He fought with non-violence. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is following his path and pursuing the Middle-way approach to resolve the Tibetan issue.”

However, she said that she has not studied about Gandhi in Tibet as it is not taught in schools. “I am speaking from the brief knowledge I have gained and heard after coming into exile.”

Sonam Choedon was born in 1990 in Lithang, Kham, eastern Tibet. She is a student, has studied up to class 8 in Tibet. She is fluent in Chinese as well as Tibetan.

She came into exile in India in June 2008 in search of better opportunities for education. Her hobbies include dancing, reading and studying languages.

In the future she would like to become a dance teacher and also work on languages. She would also like to use her life and strength to help others in need as people have done for her when she first arrived in India.

There is a shortage of funds to cover the cost of the pageant and the prize money to the winner and runner-up. If you would like to contribute, you may donate through the PayPal button in the right column or contact us for more information.

Miss Tibet 2009 will be held in May-June 2009 and the application will be up on this site at the beginning of December.

N.B. Sonam Choedon’s year of birth was mistakenly announced as 1983. She was born in 1990. So, she is 18 years of age. And, also she came into exile in India in June 2008, not December 2007. The mistakes are greatly regretted.

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November 5, 2008 Posted by | Tibet, _BABE | Leave a comment

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November 3, 2008 Posted by | Roykeanz, Tibet, _PHOTOGRAPHY | Leave a comment

No end to Chinese suppression in Tibet

by Achillies875

Despite the new “relaxed” media rules in China, Tibet is still very much excluded from free media expression, from freedom of speech.
Recently, China announced that the relaxing of reporting restrictions on foreign journalists which was first exercised prior to the start of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, will now be permanent. Well, just as long as you’re not trying to interview anyone from Tibet!!

According to Liu Jianchao on Oct 17:

“Foreign reporters still need to ask for permission to do reporting in Tibet and other areas that are off-limits to foreign reporters, like some military facilities”.

It’s easy to see what news China is trying to stop coming out of Tibet!

While journalists have been granted permission to enter low-risk areas, however those regions where major protesting has occurred – responded to recently by the killing of at least 13 Tibetans by Chinese armed police – such as Ngaba county and the Amdo region, are strictly off limits.

In these regions, there have been reports of civilians and even Nuns who have “disappeared” as well as Nuns who have been beaten in the street for defending their right to practice their religion and for refusing to denounce the Dalai Lama despite China’s demands that they do so.

A number of Tibetan filmmakers have been imprisoned too for attempting to tell their story.

So there is a total clampdown on freedom of speech. It’s clear that the Chinese policy is to stop the truth getting out and to reinforce its long held policy of denial!

When will China’s soul become more important than it’s face?

It’s all too easy for the Chinese Government to get away their repression of Tibet, when its mammoth economic clout unfortunately means that no other major power will speak up against its continued colonialist campaign in Tibet.

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November 3, 2008 Posted by | China, OTHER_ARTICLE, Tibet, _OTHER | Leave a comment

Tibetan Incantations (1998) The meditative sound of Buddhist chants

Tibetan Incantations (1998) The meditative sound of Buddhist chants
MP3 | 192 kbps (lame) | 103 MB | 4 parts on
Genre: Worldmusic | Meditation | Contemplation and Chill out
Music for contemplation and meditation | Traditional chants of Tibetan Buddhists | recorded in 1998
Total playing time 74:27 min (cover + artwork included)
Deep spirituality and compassion are at the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, and music and chant have always been, for the Buddhist, an important path to spiritual enlightenment. Rooted in the Tibetan mountains, the music on this collection is both: powerful and meditative, reflecting the ancient lifestyle of the Tibetan people.

Performers of these incantations are Song Huei Liu and Ya Ging Ging, recitated by Sheng Horng and Shen Yan, recorded in 1998.

“I first heard ‘Tibetan Incantations’ being played at my local Borders. Being a recent convert to Buddhism, I found the third track, the a cappella version of the “Om Mani Padme Hum” to be entrancing! I finally found a copy (it was out of print), and the non-traditional chants and music are intoxicating.

This has been a great help to me, in terms of relaxation and getting into meditation. Meditation is calming of the mind and spirit, and this music does not jar you or make you lose focus.”

“I lived for several years in Nepal and frequently visited on the main buddhist stupas for ceremonies at the full moon. This CD was constantly played in shops around the area and the melody used by area monasteries. One evening I sat with friends and listened for hours to child monks singing this chant on the rooftop of a nearby monastery. This melody is very popular, and although the music may sound new age to some, the instruments are sounds are those often found in traditional and folk music in Nepal and Tibet. I cannot think of the Om Mani Padme Hum chant without hearing the melody on this CD. If you dislike the instruments, the acoustic version is included as well.”

“When I visited Dharamsala in 2001 to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this CD was being played in every little shop on the streets. The whole town was filled with this chanting! So I bought it and have continued to enjoy listening to it almost every day. I hope the mantras will imprint themselves on my heart. I love it!”



1. Om Mani Padme Hum – 24:01 min
2. Mantra of Avalokiteshvara – 23:55 min
3. Om Mani Padme Hum (alternate version) – 26:29 min


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I hope you’ll enjoy these powerful and spiritual incantations!

Big thanks to the original poster

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June 9, 2008 Posted by | Music_WorldMusic, Tibet, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Beijin 2008 by Tab (Thomas Boldt)

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April 8, 2008 Posted by | Tibet, _CARTOON | Leave a comment

Yungchen Lhamo – Tibet, Tibet

Yungchen Lhamo - Tibet, Tibet

Yungchen Lhamo – Tibet, Tibet (1996)

Genre: World, Ethnic | MP3 | CBR 320 Kbps | 109 Mb
Label: Real World | October 29, 1996 | ASIN: B000000HPR | Language: Tibetan
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Here’s some beautiful Tibetan music.

Music of a suffering race. Most apposite in the context of the terrible colonialist brutality still being inflicted on that race by China, recently more explicitly since being caught on camera and beamed around the world.

Aching, spiritual, music of longing from the “Goddess of Song” Yungchen Lhamo.

We love this music!

Some background about Yungchen;

Yungchen Lhamo is a Tibetan singer living in exile in New York City, whose international success as a Tibetan singer is unprecedented. Yungchen has toured the world, singing unaccompanied a combination of songs of her own composition and traditional Buddhist chants and mantras. She has performed with an array of famous artists such as Annie Lennox, Billy Corgan, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, etc. bringing her traditions to new audiences. She has also toured extensively as a part of the WOMAD World music festivals.

Yungchen’s name means “Goddess of Song”, a name given her by a Holy Man soon after she was born near Lhasa.

Yungchen left Tibet in 1989 at age 23, via the perilous navigation of the Himalayas in order to escape oppression from the Chinese regime governing Tibet.

Yungchen made a pilgrimage to Dharamsala, to receive the blessings of the Dalai Lama, where he lives in exile. She was inspired to reach out to the world through her music, to share her culture and educate people about Tibet.

She moved to Australia in 1993, then to New York City in 2000.

This was Yungchen’s first release on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records label. Appropriately enough, it is called Tibet, Tibet.

Yungchen Lhamo - Tibet, TibetLyrically, the songs on this album emote with the fresh cadence and gripping honesty of spiritual offerings. For example, “Lama Dorje Chang” beseeches the Dalai Lama to bless the world with his enlightened mind. “Ari-lo,” a song Yungchen learned from her grandmother as a little girl, tells of entering an ominous foreign land, and gradually with courage learning to make a home there.

The final track describes the strife besetting Tibet, the bravery of its people and the confidence that the Dalai Lama will one day preside over his people on Tibetan land again. The song features a full orchestra, courtesy of digital composition software. “You can’t see the people,” giggles Yungchen. “It’s an invisible orchestra. They fell from the sky.”

The New York Daily News wrote of the album: “Once you’ve heard her stunning record, Tibet, Tibet, on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label, or seen her in concert, the power that her voice and melodies have to still an agitated mind becomes obvious.”

Read more here:

Yungchen’s Official Web Site

Yungchen’s Real World

WOMAD Yungchen Lhamo page

“I’ve owned Tibet, Tibet by Yungchen Lhamo for 3 years. It’s very beautiful music. Too intense for playing as background for home socializing, though. Best in private listening. Her voice has a magnificent range, full articulation. It’s deeply sad at times. There’s a certain heart-wrenching quality in Tibetan refugee women’s household singing, the normal daily singing a woman might do when fetching water or stirring the hearth… That quality once flowed mainly from broken-hearted lovers but now it flows from all who have lost their connection to their land. Yungchen Lhamo has that quality in powerful measure. Her name means “great symbol of the protector goddess”. Powerful name, powerful voice.”

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Yungchen Lhamo

“Lyrically, the songs on the album are offerings. «Par Panee Dawa Shar» likens moonrise to her Lama’s face, hoping that – by offering song and dance to him – he will shower down his blessings. «Lama Dorje Chang» asks the Dalai Lama to bless us with his enlightened mind. «Om Mani Padme Hung» is the Tibetan mantra, and «Ari-Lo» tells of entering a new land.

At first, sings Yungchen Lhamo, the land may seem hostile, like a fearful stranger, but knowledge can lead to it becoming as close as a lover.

The final track – telling of the strife besetting Tibet, the bravery of its people and the confidence that the Dalai Lama will one day preside again – utilizes a full orchestra, courtesy of technological software. «You can’t see the people, it’s an invisible orchestra», giggles Yungchen Lhamo. «They fell from the sky».”


01. Om Mani Padme Hung
02. Lama Dorje Chang
03. Ari-Lo
04. Refuge Prayer
05. Par Panee Dawa Shar
06. Lhaso Pumo
07. Dorje-Den
08. Dradul Nyenkyon
09. Om Mani Padme Hung II
10. Gi Pai Pa Yul Chola


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April 8, 2008 Posted by | Music_WorldMusic, Tibet, Yungchen Lhamo, _MUSIC | Leave a comment