Author: Eswar Anandan

Pegyal, the 146th Martyr, Self-immolated Himself for the Liberation of Tibet

Pegyal is the 146th Tibetan to self-immolate and the first reported in 2017. This is the second self-immolation from the region – Nyarong. The 24-year-old bachelor was the sole breadwinner of his family of six in Tibet. Within minutes the police of the communist regime arrived and took away the charred body, so that the […]

Children of Hope: Face to Face with Dalai Lama

Eswar reminisces meeting His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama for the first time. He recalls the deep reverence among the Tibetan people for their religious leader. Read more about his overwhelming experience, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. It was a day that I was looking forward to. A day I had dreamt […]

Mother of Dalai Lala Gives an Account of the Escape into the Exile

It was in a nick of time because by then Chinese had picked the younger brother of Dalai Lama, Tendzin Choegyal to their military headquarters. They had also come to pick Diki Tsering by entering her personal chambers, but her attendant forcefully pushed them away telling she was not well. Disguised as soldiers by borrowing her son-in- law’s […]

Kālachakra Initiation Completed in Bodh Gaya, Millions Watched Online

The Kālachakra initiation involves taking refuge and vows and receiving empowerment – imagining ourselves transforming into a series of special forms and entering the mandala and experiencing in it a sequence of purifications and awakening and enhancing of potentials for future success in the practice. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, like the first, second, seventh, eight Dalai Lama, […]

Losar: Tibetan New Year

The history of Losar dates back to the pre-Buddhism era of Tibet. Bon religion was widely practiced in Tibet before the advent of Buddhism in Tibet. During the winter season, it was a spiritual practice to burn large quantities of incense sticks to appease the local spirits, deities, and protectors. This tradition continued after the advent of Buddhism in […]

Larung Gar: The Largest Buddhist Learning Centre in the World Being Demolished now

Larung Gar is located in the Kham region of Tibet. It is home to around 40,000 monks, nuns and students, though the official number is around 10,000. The Chinese army is tightening control over the Larung Gar forcibly asking the nuns and monks to leave the place and return to their respective homes after renouncing their nun/monkhood. The […]

Of the Human Rights Day, Dalia Lama and the Tibetan People

The Human Rights Day, celebrated world over, on December 10, is the day when the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. This year marked the 27th year of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. While the world is honouring, celebrating, upholding Human Rights, the situation inside Tibet sings a different tune. Despite repeated calls […]

Tsampa: The Wonder Food

  Tsampa is one of the traditional food of Tibet. It’s made of roasted barley flour and often is consumed with Tibetan Butter Tea. In some parts of Tibet they completely rely on Tsampa, making varieties of it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Tsampa plays an important role in Tibetan diet. Pinches of Tsampa is thrown in air […]

A Brief History of Dalai Lama Institution and the Tibetan Schools of Buddhism

The origin of Tibetan Buddhism started in the fifth century during the reign of King Thothori Nyatsen with the arrival of Buddhist scriptures to Tibet from India. The scriptures were written in Sanskrit and were translated to Tibetan during the reigns of King Songtsan Gampo. The king married a Chinese1 Buddhist Princess, who came to Tibet with a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha […]

Afraid of the Unknown

We had planned to organise the screening of the movie, Kundan, in one of the prominent super specialty hospitals, in Kerala. The staff was very welcoming and they were excited about the idea and expressed interest in showcasing it and the related arrangements began. But, two days before the event, in the evening, we received a text message informing that […]

Thangka Paintings: An Aura of Spiritual Positivity

Thangka means ‘thing that one unrolls’ in classical Tibetan. This art form got developed alongside the traditional wall paintings. Now, an art form, which is taught in monasteries along with butter sculpture, the earliest forms of the painting is believed to be commissioned by individuals. Most of these early paintings were painted by monks, who were commissioned to work […]

Flames of Truth

People who have been wronged, rendered homeless and voiceless are left with little choice but to set themselves afire, alive. It’s most shocking, terribly grotesque. Till date there are 153 reported cases of self-immolations in Tibet and in exile, of which 145 self-immolations have taken place in Tibet since 2009. Of the self-immolated 27 were women, 25 of […]

A Day with Tibetans

Eswar describes a day, in July 2014, when he had attended the Tibet Festival, in Bangalore. It was the 79th birthday of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. He was accompanying the medical team from Men Tsee Khang. Assisting them in setting the medical camp and coordinating registrations and helping people consult doctors. Here’s an insight in […]

Made in China: Are we Funding a Brutal Regime by buying Chinese Products?

One of the most important elements used to power the mobile phones – Lithium is found in abundance in a region, which China claims its own – Tibet! Post illegal occupation of Tibet, China has got access to the abundant natural resources that Tibet is known for and has been exploiting it like crazy for its own economic, […]

Thukpa: A Soup with Historic Importance

In 1959, when His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama had to leave Tibet and travel to India seeking refuge, the members who accompanied him, which included his teachers, members of the Kashag, his family members including his mother, were asked not to carry anything. Dalai Lama’s mother had to dress like a man and had only carried a […]

Butter Sculptures: The Traditional Art Form of Tibet

Butter Sculpture is one of the traditional art forms of Tibet. More than a piece of art, it has religious implications which is in line with Buddhist teachings. Monks at the monasteries learn for years together to learn and sharpen their skills in sculpting Butter Sculptures. A form of meditation, the monk works for days together to achieve […]

Deaths changed his Heart and he became a Tibetan Rights Activist

Eswar talks about the suddenness and finality of death. He shares a slice of his life, where he saw critical patients being wheeled in the hospital. He talks about his grandmother, who held his hands and talked to him and then the news of her death reaches him or a person sharing his grief with the writer. After […]