China Dialogue website has published the first account of a new, hi-tech industry in Tibet -lithium mining- and its consequences for the environment. China Dialogue published an edited version, in Chinese and English, on 20 December 2011. Below is the full version. http://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/4696-Tibet-s-resource-curse SALT PANS TO SMARTPHONES: A REMOTE TIBETAN LAKE IS INSIDE YOUR LATEST […]


NEPAL: THE NEW RAINBOW NATION? Kathmandu 6 December 2011 By Gabriel Lafitte Among Tibetans and their supporters worldwide, Nepal evokes dread. The news out of Nepal is invariably bad. The 20,000 Tibetan refugees in settlements are prisoners, unable to move freely, unable to obtain certification of their refugee status, unable to find employment or get […]

Buddhism, Big science, Truth claims and Climate crisis

Crisis? What Environmental Crisis? Finding an Authentic, Skilful Response to the Planetary Debate presentation by Gabriel Lafitte to Global Buddhist Congregation environment panel stream, Delhi November 29 2011 The first responsibility of a Buddhist, before anything else, is to know what Buddhism is, to understand and appreciate it, in its vastness and completeness, its capacity […]


MYSTICAL PURITY OR POLITICAL ARTEFACT? Presentation by Gabriel Lafitte to “River waters: Perspectives and Challenges for Asia” conference of the Foundation for Nonviolent Alternatives, India International centre, Delhi, November 2011 glafitte@aanet.com.au www.rukor.org +613 59623434 ABSTRACT: Potent new metaphors are forming in the ice above India: the third pole, the water tower of Asia, the engine […]

Sunbeaten Path, Search for Drime Kunden

THOUGHTS ON A DHARAMSALA ‘FILMING TIBET’ FESTIVAL In the few movies made in Tibet a businessman uses his wealth for a road movie search for living exemplars of unconditional compassion, ready to give away even their own children, their own eyes, to those who demand them, and by demanding prove their neediness. In Tibetan movies […]

Wachstum und Luxus auf dem Dach der Welt – Das boomende Hotelgewerbe

Wachstum und Luxus auf dem Dach der Welt – Das boomende Hotelgewerbe Gabriel Lafitte Bedenkt man, dass die sog. Autonome Region Tibet (TAR) auch im Jahr 2010 weitgehend abgeriegelt war und die Lage nach wie vor angespannt ist, dann hat die weltweite Luxus-Hotel-Industrie einen merkwürdigen Zeitpunkt gewählt, um den Bau großer Hotelanlagen in Lhasa anzukündigen. […]