Those who believe it's apples and oranges to compare ourselves to countries not of the same economic and social strata, can look at our allies and competitors and see the same disturbing trend.
Now is not the time to despair. It is the time to take action and tip the scales of history toward freedom in Tibet.
For all of the attention paid to the Bo Xilai scandal and circumstances involving government critics Ai Weiwei and Chen Guangcheng, one largely unnoticed case may serve as a barometer for China's future in this area.
Today, we too often believe that technology neatly solves a problem when in reality, technology merely shifts the nature of the challenges before us. I have no doubt that the inestimable Gene Smith deeply understood the depth of this issue.
E. Gene Smith's journey, which actually began 50 years earlier, crossed multiple borders and led to international humanitarian and academic efforts to find, preserve and make accessible the documents that form the core of Tibetan culture.
Print media, including magazines, that complain of reduced revenues, rising costs, shrinking circulation and see-sawing advertising, have felt the pinch, but thanks to innovative approaches, countless publishers are recouping their losses and widening their reach.
If self-immolation is intended as the ultimate rejection of Chinese control, a cry for independence and a declaration of human rights, what does this imply to the outside world? And what can this mean to us?
Last October, thousands of Tibetan exiles were able to "return home" -- at least temporarily -- when Tenzing Rigdol smuggled 20,000 kilograms of native Tibetan soil into India.
Khenpo Tenzin Sangpo is worried about the future of his community. There, in the protective folds of the Annapurna and Dauligiri ranges, he feels that the spiritual culture of his people is eroding.
To find the peace of mind that alone can replace aimless searching, which has led to an epidemic of stress, anxiety, and drugs, the Dalai Lama is looking to science to convince a skeptical society of the power of contemplation and compassion to change our lives and our world.
For his decades-long passion to bring together science and spirituality the Dalai Lama was awarded the Templeton Prize this week. I sat with him before the awards ceremony. Here is our conversation.
When Adam Yauch died, his family and friends lost someone they loved. The rest of us lost someone we knew of and whose work we loved. The Tibetan people lost one of their most high-profile supporters in the U.S.
I met Adam Yauch only once. It was during a bathroom break, which came at the end of a heated session in a Tibet-China conference at Harvard in 2002. We greeted each other in Tibetan.
I've always had a hard time understanding the Buddhist concept of non-attachment but after hearing the Dalai Lama talk about his deep respect for both science and religion, I have a better grasp of it.
Yidam Kyap was part of what was almost certainly the largest single group to escape into exile from the embattled eastern regions of Tibet in 1959. Here is part two of his two-part story.