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Buddhadharma : Summer 2016
70 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 2016 tibet on Fire: self-immolations against chinese rule by tsering Woeser verso, 2016 128 pages; $16.95 cover by ai Weiwei to Ngodrup, “Alright! You’ve made your appeal for freedom, which we wish you hadn’t, but it’s done now. But please, do not die now holding any hatred in your heart for the Chinese. Focus on your compassion for all beings!” His Holiness said that the dying man some- how made a nod of agreement and soon passed away. The Dalai Lama went on to say that he was very worried about the act. Again, when the more recent wave of immolations began in Tibet, the Dalai Lama deplored them, saying they were tragic and not effective. But he said he couldn’t condemn those who had done it but rather only pray that the intentions behind their acts were based on compassion, not anger and hatred. In Tibet on Fire, Tsering Woeser, a Tibetan–Chinese resident of Beijing, offers trenchant analysis of the phenom- enon of self-immolation as protest. The author, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Tibetan people, is a being of great hope whose love encompasses the suffering people on the Tibetan plateau. Her writing is itself an act of heroism, as she risks retaliation from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which is futilely attempting the ethnicide of the Tibetan “minority nationality.” Woeser is helped in this book by the great artist Ai Weiwei, who created the cover. In the acknowledgements, she quotes his strong Twitter statement: “Tibet is the most serious test for today’s China and for the international commu- nity’s standards of human rights and jus- tice. There is no dodging this test, and there is no getting around it. And thus far, everyone should be disgraced and ashamed at the results.” Woeser’s main thesis in Tibet on Fire is that self-immolations are extraordi- nary acts of political protest—power- ful, self-sacrificing outcries to call the world’s attention to the unbearable level of oppression crushing down on revieWs Fo Guang Shan International Translation Center Fo Guang Shan International Translation Center Living Now Awards 2015 Evergreen Gold Medal Living Now Awards 2015 Evergreen Gold Medal Living Now Awards 2015 Evergreen Gold Medal Venerable Master Hsing Yun Venerable Master Hsing Yun Free Distribution Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org 626-330-8361 www.fgsitc.org ZAZEN & YOUR ZEN SANGHA Jundo Cohen, teacher www.treeleaf.org Treeleaf is the online practice place for people who cannot easily commute to a Zen Center due to health, location, work, childcare or family needs. We provide netcast Zazen, Retreats, discussion, Jukai, the support of fellow practitioners, interaction with a teacher, and all other activities of a Zen Buddhist Sangha, all fully online, accessible anytime, without charge. The focus is Shikantaza “Just Sitting” Zazen. online, any place, any time you need Come build the future of online Zen Community and Practice