Ross M. W. Bennetts


September 8th, 2010

from ‘His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart’ on

His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.

April 17th, 2010

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation‘s Eric Campbell managed to get a rare interview with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, for the Foreign Correspondent program, as shown in this piece entitled “After the Dalai Lama“.

February 9th, 2009

From Tibet Custom:

A shoe was thrown at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Cambridge last week, the protester threw his shoe in outrage shouting “We should not prostrate ourselves to this dictator”.

February 5th, 2009


Australian and Chinese officials will meet on Monday for the Twelfth Australia-China Human Rights Dialogue, originally scheduled for late last year. Meanwhile authorities in Lhasa have arrested dozens of Tibetans as part of a renewed military crackdown ahead of the 50th Anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising on 10 March. Also on Monday China will come under examination at the UN in Geneva. The Chinese Government has been accused of subverting the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review process.

November 21st, 2008

November 7th, 2008

(Source: Boing Boing)

From the BFI National Film archive, via YouTube:

“Tibetan Scenes was made by Tsien-Lien Shen in the early 1940s – he was resident Chinese Commissioner in Lhasa from 1942-47. The colour film records many of the ceremonial events that took place in Lhasa, including the New Year ceremonies, and Shen himself appears in the film. There is also evidence of the presence of the Chinese in Lhasa.Although the majority of the film focuses on Tibetan ceremonies, there are some invaluable scenes capturing everyday life in Lhasa, as monks, porters, market stall sellers and the occasional yak compete for space.”

Another related film from the same archive:

“This film was shot by Sir Basil Gould who succeeded Derek Williamson as Political Officer of Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet in 1935. His films record two visits to Lhasa. The first, Lhasa (1936), shows his Diplomatic Mission to the Tibetan capital. His cameraman Frederick Spencer Chapman was commissioned by the BFI in 1937 to write an article for Sight and Sound magazine describing that visit (“Tibetan Horizon”). The film features an intriguing sequence of Tibetan women playing darts.

And more:

These extraordinary scenes were filmed in Tibet in the 1940s and include shots of the current Dalai Lama (then still a very young boy) and his family. The opening scenes show the Dalai Lama’s parents and siblings, and a procession of high-ranking men and women. This is followed by a clip of a procession with the Dalai Lama in a golden palanquin, his presence indicated by the peacock feather umbrella being carried alongside. The final scenes, in contrast, show ordinary children dancing and ice-skating in Lhasa.”

(Thanks, Clayton Cubitt)
{and thank you Xeni Jardin}

June 25th, 2008

 Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

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[UPDATE] The original video has vanished with the demise of Google Video. Here are some others I have found on YouTube.

March 6th, 2008

February 29th, 2008

February 29th, 2008