Exactly one year after they were taken, the photos of “Tattoos of Tibetan Refugees and Ex-Political Prisoners’ will be shown at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. The show is being hosted by The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights with which Built on Respect has a professional fellowship. Since last [...]
Today on TV, we see so many TV shows dedicated to the stories behind tattoos. In the three years that I have been coming to the Tibetan community of Dharamsala in India, I’ve been quietly observing the tattoos of the people here. In many cases, these tattoos mark the skin of former political prisoners. In [...]
Somehow, I’ve been here a week already. I’ve been gone for eight months, and coming back, I just gazed on all the new construction, how many new buildings can a mountain top hold? My college sociology classes came tumbling back into my head: what is this doing to the rent for the locals as more [...]
I’ve been on the receiving end of a tattoo needle for the past 21 years. In New York, I work with various magazines and musicians — when I’m in Dharamsala my life appears to be drastically different, many of my close friends there are monks and geshes, and young people who have dedicated their lives [...]
Diane Sawyer and “ABC World News” are headed to China and are asking “What Issues Do You Want to Know More About?” Whilst Chinese Media is censored and there are restraints on foreign journalists, this is still a chance to bring Tibet’s issues to the forefront.
Several years ago, I watched “Cry Of The Snow Lion”, and was invigorated by a scene three quarters of the way through, the famed Tibet Freedom concerts, spearheaded by the Beastie Boys.
I can’t believe I’ve been Stateside for two and a half months now. Usually, this would be the time I started to pack my bags, and head back to India, but I’m trying to stay put for a little while, I have a lot I want to accomplish here this year.
I have started to edit together almost 2 hours of an interview with Palden Gyatso. If his name is new to you — Palden was a political prisoner in Tibet – for 33 years. He escaped to India, bringing some of the tools he was tortured with. He has spoken in front of Human Rights [...]
Happy sunny Sunday from Dharamsala! I just wanted to give a few updates on Geshela’s Save Zanskar work as well as Built on Respect’s latest projects! First, we have done two screenings of Journey from Zanskar here, thanks to Common Ground — we did a TALK TIBET at Yongling School and this past week, we [...]
As some of you may have read on my blog, or on International Campaign for Tibet’s blog, I have been fortunate enough to work with and teach a VERY amazing man. I adore Geshela, and cherish the time I spend with him. Today, we received copies of the movie made about him and Damchoe — [...]