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Renowned Cambodian artist You Khin exhibits for first time in U.S.
Rare archive of Cambodian Impressionist paintings reflect the impact of the Khmer Rouge on Cambodia and it’s people. Shaped by thirty years of displacement from his homeland, You Khin’s paintings speak to the senseless and dehumanizing violence that destroyed the very fabric of Cambodia and continues to plague generations. http://www.vcfineart.com/artists/youkhin_exhibition_theright.html
Arriving from Cambodia, the artist’s widow YOU MUOY tells their story of displacement, the genocide and the Khmer Rouge’s destructive legacy.
Woman with a Red Baby
oil, string on canvas 2008
After graduating from the Royal University in Phnom Penh in 1973, You Khin was awarded a scholarship to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Luminy, Marseilles, France. Shortly thereafter, the Khmer Rouge occupied Cambodia and You became a refugee. While living in exile, You worked in Sudan, the Ivory Coast, Qatar, and London. During this time, You’s paintings expressed his anger and sadness at the massive genocide taking place in his country. His work abroad hinges on symbols of the Khmer Rouge’s tyranny, and weaves a human bond among Cambodian survivors.
Following his return to Cambodia in 2003, You’s paintings exposed the dire situation of Cambodian women. Often uneducated and without the support of husbands or families, these women are condemned to a harsh existence. His last paintings reflect his dream of a world without discrimination, fear or hatred. You Khin’s 225 paintings are the only complete archive of work from this period of Cambodian history. Each canvases tells the heartbreaking story of displacement and genocide. Histroically significant, these paintings are an important document of the artist’s interpretation of the intellectual genocide that wiped out nearly all of Cambodian society.
This collection of You Khin’s paintings are joined with the work of other artists from Burma, Laos, Vietnam, and India. All of the artwork speaks to the respective socio-political hardship in these Southeast Asian countries. The right to self-expression is a unifying theme throughout the show. The works convey the opinions and thoughts of artists who may face official condemnation or worse if the content of their work were to be expressed verbally in their own countries.
The hours of operation for the PICTURE Cultural Art are:
Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm and Friday & Saturday 10am – 3pm.
Exhibition extends to August 2012.
Admission is FREE. Private tours are available and encouraged
iNewsp.com, 28 November 2011 Courtesy The Buddhist Channel
The Global Buddhist Congregation
New Delhi,. India — The four day long Global Buddhist Congregation meant to celebrate 2,600 years since Siddhartha Gautama became Enlightened turned into an unexpected, major obstacle for the entirely separate, 15th round of Special Representative talks regarding matters between the countries of India and China.
The Global Buddhist Congregation is scheduled to start festivities in New Delhi, a timing which coincidentally coincided with the now cancelled 15th round of SR talks. When the Chinese government got the news that the Dalai Lama would be attending the Global Buddhist Congregation and giving an address, it started demanding unreasonable things from India.
Ever since the Chinese government marched into Tibet with its military in 1950 and effectively ended Tibet’s autonomy, the Dalai Lama’s relationship with China has been sour and full of incredible, one-sided hostility from the Chinese government.
After a failed uprising in 1959, the Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet and set up a government-in-exile near India’s border with China.
For decades, the Dalai Lama has been traveling around the world raising awareness and support for what he calls “greater autonomy” for Tibetans who are dissatisfied with Chinese rule.
Meanwhile the Chinese government has been venomously trying to stamp out the Dalai Lama’s influence by forcing monks to live in “reeducation” camps, refusing to deal with other governments who invited the Dalai Lama to their countries or even “warning” others of a strain in relations, like with the United States when President Obama invited the Dalai Lama to the White House.
Many are outraged that the Chinese government has audaciously claimed the right to choose the Panchen Lama, who is to be the next Dalai Lama, as they see Tibet as just another province of China just as the Chinese government sees the virtually independent Taiwan as a Chinese province.
The Han Chinese ethnicity has also been recently clashing with other ethnic groups, such as the Uighurs, who lament that their cultures are being stifled by the overwhelming presence of Han Chinese.
Regarding the Dalai Lama’s presence in New Delhi, the Chinese government demanded the India bar the Dalai Lama from giving his address. The Indian government refused the demand saying that there is no restriction on the freedom of speech in its country.
After that demand failed to go through, China instead demanded that the Global Buddhist Congregation be canceled. Of course India refused this as well.
India also asserted that this event was religious and “not political” and that the Indian External Affairs Ministry’s Publicity Division is only co-sponsoring a book fair and a film festival that will play Buddhism-themed films.
Chinese government officials still threw a tantrum and announced that the 15th round of talks cannot be held while the Dalai Lama is near them making this the first time that the talks have been postponed.
YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International Tuesday, 29 November 2011
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Dharamshala, India: – Despite strong objections from China, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, left Dharamshala today to address the Global Buddhist Congregation in New Delhi on November 30.
Indian officials say a meeting between Indian and Chinese diplomats has been canceled, after China attempted to interfere in India’s internal affairs.
The Buddhist Congregation is now into its second day, with religious scholars debating the finer points of Buddhist philosophy and morality.
Yesterday, China reportedly objected to His Holiness’ attendance and warned India to cancel the conference, which is being attended by around 900 Buddhist scholars and others from 46 countries.
Speaking from Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said, “We oppose any country that provides a platform for his anti-China activities, in any form.”
The Global Buddhist Congregation has been organized by the Asoka Mission, to commemorate the 2,600th year of Sambobdhi Prapti (the enlightenment of the Buddha).
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjee addressed the conference’s second day. Speaking on the Buddhist view of the environment and the natural world, he stressed the importance of a clear understanding of nature and the interdependence of all things.
He added that environmental problems are man-made – a result of human self-centeredness.
Speaking at one of the conference venues, Hotel Lalit, Mr Tempa Tsering, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Indian capital New Delhi protested against China’s attempts politically colour a religious event, saying that India “has done the right thing” by refusing to cave in.
He commented, “The conference delegates have no other motive than to bring Buddhist scholars together to discuss Buddhist philosophy and share experiences of how the Buddhist teachings can help humanity.
“India is a free, democratic society. China is a closed society. That’s why they are reacting in a paranoid manner.
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been a guest of India for the last 52 years. It would have been unusual if His Holiness, who is regarded the world over as a spiritual leader and the head of Tibetan Buddhism, will not attend this conference.”
The Asoka Mission has also objected to the politicization of the event by China. Its president, Lama Lobzang, said, “The world is dealing with…violence, social and economic disparity, environmental degradation and discord between and within communities and nations.
“The objective of the congregation is to stand united when it comes to sending their collective message to the world on such issues.”
Among the countries represented at the conference are Taiwan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Mongolia, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar.
According to the 2001 census report, India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, is home to nearly eight million Buddhists.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is also scheduled to give a talk on The Power of Compassion in Delhi, as part of the Penguin Annual Lecture Series, to be held at the India Habitat Center on December 3.
He will then leave for Gyurmey Tantric monastery, in Gurupura (Hunsur), to give teachings on the Commentary on the Five Stages by Nagarjuna, written by Panchen Lobsang Choegen, from December 5 to 7.
Row over Dalai Lama’s speech in New Delhi is latest in a series as emerging Asian giants vie for power and influence in region
India is said to have refused Chinese demands that the Dalai Lama be prevented from giving a keynote conference speech in New Delhi. Photograph: Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Tensions between China and India rose on after scheduled talks on outstanding border issues were cancelled following a row over a speech by the Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism, at a religious event in New Delhi.
The spat is the latest in a series of rows as the emerging Asian giants manoeuvre for power and influence in the region.
Diplomats were due this week to discuss the decades-old dispute over the exact line taken by the frontier between the two nations in the Himalayas.
The Chinese are believed to have demanded that the Dalai Lama be prevented from giving the keynote speech at the conference, which will be attended by more than 9,000 delegates in New Delhi. Indian officials refused.
Local media have reported that the Chinese feared the conference could be used by Tibetans as a platform for criticising Chinese rule over Tibet.
Organisers insist it is a purely cultural and religious event, involving intense theological discussions.
Spokesmen for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs could not be reached on Sundayfor comment.
China regularly objects to any contacts between other governments and the Dalai Lama, accusing the 76-year-old monk of fomenting dissent.
Recent weeks have seen a series of spectacular protests inside China, with at least 11 Tibetan monks, nuns, and former monks setting themselves on fire to protest about tightening Chinese control over Tibetan life and traditional Buddhist culture.
Beijing accuses supporters of the Dalai Lama, who found refuge in India on fleeing Tibet in 1959, of encouraging the immolations.
The Dalai Lama himself and representatives of the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile, based in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala, say however they oppose all violence.
G Parthasarathy, a former Indian foreign secretary, said India “had repeatedly made it very clear [to Beijing] that the Dalai Lama is a respected spiritual leader and is free to pursue his activities as such.
“It may just be a timing problem. It should have been obvious that [the Chinese delegation] would not want to be here [in New Delhi] at the same time as the Dalai Lama,” he said.
This new clash comes at a time of heightened concern in New Delhi about growing Chinese influence in Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
“The Indians feel they are being hemmed in by an expansionist China and you can sort of understand why,” said one Western diplomat in Delhi on Sunday/. “The only good news from the Indian perspective is Burma.”
With incremental democratic reform underway in Burma, China’s strong influence on the country appears to be threatened, the diplomat said.
“Beijing is upping the assertiveness towards all its neighbours. The Chinese are carefully testing the waters to see how far they can go,” Parthasarathy said.
India recently made clear its unhappiness with Chinese claims to sovereignty over the South China Sea and Beijing’s description of the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as “south Tibet”.
Oil and gas exploration by Indian companies in the South China Sea have upset China, as has the news of an Indian plan to raise tens of thousands of extra soldiers to send to the frontier near Tibet.
Both nations are also involved in a complex and sometimes bitter battle for influence over Nepal, which has traditionally been close to India. There is concern in Delhi over plans by a Chinese NGO to spend large sums renovating Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.
The Buddha Beckons
by Lama Lobzang, Hindustan Times, November 25, 2011
New Delhi, India — To celebrate the 2600th year of Sambodhiprapti (enlightenment of the Buddha), over 800 world Buddhist leaders and scholars are going to have brain-storming sessions in New Delhi from Nov 27 to 30, under the umbrella theme – ‘Collective Wisdom, United Voice’. Organised by Ashoka Mission, New Delhi, the congregation will be aptly known as Global Buddhist Congress.
Since India has been the birth place of Buddhism, the congregation is being organised at an international level to highlight the contribution of Buddhism in world peace so that progress and social development take place unhampered in a cordial and peaceful manner.
Representing 32 countries, the delegates have set the objective of finding out newer ways and means to examine the capacity and the resilience of Buddhism to engage itself and be useful in giving a more peaceful and progressive world. And hence the topics to be discussed include conflicts and violence, social disparity, environmental degradation, the role of ethics and values, besides seeking novel ways to make Buddhism play a more effective role in evoking the conscience of the people in the trouble-hit regions of the planet we live in.
Besides all-faith prayer meetings, a ‘dhamma yatra’ will end with the planting of saplings from the sacred Boddhi trees from sacred locations like Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Sri Lanka.
A Buddhist cultural heritage festival (Sambodh) will highlight the richness and the beauty of the cultural “assets” of various nations and how they can be used as cementing bonds between the countries. Focus will also be on how to locate and preserve the priceless Buddhist artifacts and monuments all over the country and elsewhere, where they remain neglected and in pretty bad shape.
India, the mother of many cultures, will indeed be richer if we can care for our heritage and love of humanity. That was the message the Buddha had left 2600 years ago. And the message will reverberate over the next week as the world Buddhist leaders will chant in unison the peace mantra of the Buddha for a more loving and caring planet to live in.
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
MAHA GHOSANANDA SERVICES
Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda