Two talks held in conjunction with Emory’s Tibet Week, an annual celebration of the culture of traditional and contemporary Tibet, focused on self-immolation practices in Tibet.
Lobsang Nyandak, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative to the United States, spoke about the more than 100 Tibetan self-immolations and the Tibetan Buddhist cultural attitude towards confronting injustice. Chinese government policies concerning Tibet and basic human rights violations have led to the utter frustration and desperation of Tibetans, leaving them with no choice but to self-immolate in order to draw international attention. He also addressed the Tibetan Buddhist cultural attitude towards confronting injustice.
Sherab Woeser, editor-in-chief of Phayul.com, described current conditions in Tibet related to the flow of news and communications. Previously, he served as the editor of “Tibetan Bulletin” and Tibetan Youth Congress’s Rangzen magazine.
Tibet Week events include lectures, panel discussions, meditation, films and music.