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A DISCUSSION GUIDE

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Books and Articles

THE ANGUISH OF TIBET
Edited by Petra Kelly, Gert Bastian and Pat Aiello, 1991
Paralax Press,
PO Box 7533
Berkeley, CA 94707

A collection of 24 essays, articles and speeches on the Tibetan situation, including essays on independence, human rights, and the environment.

IN EXILE FROM THE LAND OF SNOWS
By John Avedon, 1998 Harper Collins

A primer on recent Tibetan history, recounting modern history from 1933, through the Chinese invasion, the exile of the Dalai lama and the evolution of contemporary Tibetan Diaspora.

FEMININE GROUND: ESSAYS ON WOMEN AND TIBET
Edited by Janis Willis, 1995 Snow Lion Publications

A collection of essays by scholars that explore women's issues and female role models in ancient and contemporary Tibet.

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TIBETAN MONK
by Palden Gyatso
Grove Press
Tel: 212-614-7850

An extraordinary story of suffering and endurance... having for years resisted Chinese efforts to conceal and distort it, he has seized the oportunity to tell the world the truth about Tibet.

FORBIDDEN FREEDOMS: Beijing's Control of Religion in Tibet
A report by the International Campaign for Tibet
1511 K Street, NW, Suite 739
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-628-4123
Fax: 202-347-6825

FREEDOM IN EXILE: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
by The fourteenth Dalai Lama. Harper

MERCILESS REPRESSION: Human Rights in Tibet
An Asia Watch Report
485 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212- 972-8400
Fax: 212-972-0905

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Repression in Tibet 1987-1992
Amnesty International Report
322 Eighth Ave,
New York, NY 10001

SAKYADHITA: DAUGHTERS OF THE BUDDHA
by Karma Lekshe Tsomo
Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1998
Snow Lion, USA 1998
Website: www.sakyadhita.org

A collection of articles presented at the firt international conference of Buddhist nuns held in Bodh Gaya, India in 1987.

SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET
by Henrich Harrer

The autobiography of an Australian mountain climber who escapes a British internment camp in India during W.W.II, arrives in Tibet and befriends the young Dalai Lama.

SORROW MOUNTIAN: The Journey of a Tibetan Warrior Nun
by Ani Pachen Dolma and Adelaide Donnelly
Kodansha International, 2000
Website: www.amazon.com

Ani Pachen was imprisoned for 21 year by the Chinese because of her resistance to their invaision of her country. She escaped to India in 1981 where she practces her reigion and advocates for Tibetan causes. This is the story of her childhood, imprisonment and her life in exile.

SKY BURIAL: An Eyewitness Account of China's Brutal Crackdown in Tibet
By Blake Kerr

The author was one of the few westerners to witness the first major demonstrations against Chinese occupation in Lhasa since 1959.

THE TIBET GUIDE
by Steven Bachelor. Wisdom Publications, 1998

TIBET IN THE WORLD: A Resource Directory
International Campaign for Tibet
1518 K Street, NW Suite 410
Washington, DC 20005

A comprehensive listing of organizations in the Tibetan exile government, Tibetan communities in exile, the international Tibet support network, and Tibetan cultural resources.

TIBETAN BUDDHIST NUNS
By Hanna Havnevick. Oslo: Norwegian University press, 1989

A detailed study of the portrayal of women in Buddhist literature, nuns and nunneries in Tibet and in the exile community, of well known female practitioners, and of the socio-cultural position of nuns.

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Films and Videos

APPROACHING TIBETAN STUDIES: A Resource Handbook for K-12 Educators
By John Garfunkel and Tibet Education Network
PO Box 30094, Seattle, WA 98103
Tel / Fax: 206-781-8060
Email: jsgarf@ix.netcom.com

An extensive collection of curricular and resource materials produced for K-12 educators.

COMPASSION IN EXILE
Mickey Lemle
Available from: Direct Cinema
PO Box 10003,
Santa Monica CA 90410
Tel: 800-242-0000
For study guide call Lemle 212-736-9606

An award winning documentary about the life of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and the current situation in Tibet. Includes interviews with The Dalai lama, Tibetans, scholars, and diplomats.

LORD OF THE DANCE: DESTROYER OF ILLUSION
by Rick Kohn
Available from: First Run Features
153 Waverly Place,
New York, NY 10014

Internationally acclaimed film takes us to two Buddhist monasteries in the Mount Everest region of nepal, focusing on the Mani Rimdu ritual conducted by Trulshig Rinpoche.

KUNDUN
Available at your local video store.

The life story of the 14th Dalai Lama.

OCEAN OF WISDOM
by Rajiv Melhrotra
Available from the Office of Tibet

The life of his Holliness the Dalai Lama. An intimate and moving profile. It portrays him as a monk, as the spiritual and temporal leader of six million Tibetans, an as a statesman for our troubled times. His message of altruism, compassion and peace is carried on his smiling face.

PRESENTING TIBET: A Slide Package for Educators
By John Garfunkel and Tibet Education Network
PO Box 30094, Seattle, WA 98103
Tel / Fax: 206-781-8060
Email: jsgarf@ix.netcom.com

A slide package with 50 images of Tibet and Tibet in exile. Includes annotated descriptions and accompanying support materials to assist educators in designing a unit of study on Tibet.

THE REINCARNATION OF KENSOR RINPOCHE
by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin
Ditribution: Zeitgeist Films
247 Centre Street,
New York, NY 10013
Tel: 212-274-1989
Fax: 212-274-1644
Website: www.zeitgeistfilm.com

A remarkable film about the discovery of a three-year-old boy who is recognized to be the reincarnation of the revered Tibetan monk Khensur Rinpoche. 62 mins, French with English subtitles

THE SALTMEN OF TIBET
by Ulrike Koch
Distribution: Zeitgeist Films
247 Centre Street,
New York, NY 10013
Tel: 212-274-1989
Fax: 212-274-1644
Website: Zeitgeist Films

Shot under extreme conditions in one of the world's most remote locations, "The Saltmen of Tibet" is a work of sublime beauty and epic proportion. Documenting the ancient traditions and day-to-day rituals of a Tibetan nomadic community, the film transports us into a realm of endless mystery untainted by the tides of foreign invasion or encroaching modernity.

SATYA: A PRAYER FOR THE ENEMY
Produced and Directed by Ellen Bruno
Transit Media
P.O. Box 1084
190 Route 17M
Harriman, NY 10926
Tel: 800-343-5540
Fax: 845-774-2945
Website: www.brunofilms.com

Since the Chinese occupied independent Tibet in 1950 more than one million people have been tortured, executed or starved to death for their role in the demonstrations against the Chinese occupation.

Tibetan Buddhist nuns have taken the lead in this resistance by fearlessly staging courageous demonstrations for independence. Countless nuns have been imprisoned and tortured for shouting slogans, criticizing the Chinese state in conversations with foreigners, possessing posters which call for Tibetan independence, or hoisting the Tibetan flag. The treatment they receive as political prisoners is brutal.

SATYA focuses on the personal testimonies of these Tibetan nuns, providing a rare window into present day Tibet. Their testimonies give specific instances of religious oppression and human rights abuses in a country closed to the world.

The film seeks to understand the basis and inspiration for their non-violent actions. SATYA provides an alternative to violence through the example of the Tibetan nuns who strictly adhere to the principles of nonviolent social change.

SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET
Available in your local video store.

The autobiography of an Australian mountain climber who escapes a British internment camp in India during W.W.II, arrives in Tibet and befriends the young Dalai Lama. Based on the Heinrich Harrer book, this film stars Brad Pitt as Harrer.

TIBET IN EXILE
Produced and Directed by Barbara Banks and Meg McLagan
1626 Chestnet Street,
Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510-528-5384
Email: barbnk@ibm.net
Email: mjm9225@is6.nyu.edu

This documentary follows a group of young Tibetan children who have escaped from Tibet to the exile community of Dharamsala, India. Includes interviews with the children and the Tibetan government in exile.

WINDHORSE
by Paul Wagner
Shadow Distribution
Website: www.paulwagnerfilms.com

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Organizations

THE GOVERNMENT OF TIBET IN EXILE
Website: www.tibet.com

INDEPENDENT TIBET NETWORK
John Jackson
11 Seymour Road
Chiswick, London W45E3
Tel: 0181-995-0403
Website: www.tibettruth.com

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR TIBET
John Ackerly
1825 K Street NW, Suite 520
Washington. DC 20006
Tel: 202-785-1515
Fax: 202-785-4343
Website: www.savetibet.org

Promotes internationally recognized human rights and democratic freedoms in Tibet. Conducts fact finding missions, prepares reports, testifies at Congressional committees, networks with exiled Chinese democracy and overseas Chinese organizations, works with Chinese language media and conducts research on Chinese rule of Tibet, promotes news coverage of issues in Tibet, sends out Action Alerts!, publishes two newsletters, the Tibet Press Watch and Tibetan Environment & Development News, and speaks to academic, civic and community groups.

TIBET JUSTICE CENTER
2288 Fulton Street, Suite 312
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: 510-486-0588
Fax: 510-548-3785
Email: tibetjustice@tibetjustice.org
Website: www.tibetjustice.org

Legal research, drafting, advice to help Tibetans pursure just claims in national and international arenas. Advocates self-determination for the Tibetan people. Through legal action and education, Tibet Justice Center promotes human rights, environmental protection, and peaceful resolution of the situation in Tibet. Tibet Justice Center is supported by attorneys, other concerned individuals, and organizations.

INTERNATIONAL TIBET INDEPENDANCE MOVEMEMT
P.O. Box 194
Fishers, Indiana 46038
Email: rangzen@aol.com
Website: www.rangzen.com

STUDENTS FOR A FREE TIBET
545 Eighth Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10018 USA
Tel: (212) 594-5898
Fax: (212) 594-6536
Email: sft@igc.org
Staff: John Hocevar (Executive Director)
Thupten Tsering (Grassroots Coordinator)
Website: www.studentsforafreetibet.org

A grassroots network of 35,000 students working toward social justice and freedom in Tibet. Students for a Free Tibet educates young people about the realities of Tibet and works on translating that awareness into action through non-violent political, economic, and social campaigns.  Students for a Free Tibet, Inc., recognizes the legal and historical status of Tibet as an independent country and supports the right of the Tibetan people to determine their own future.

TIBET EDUCATION NETWORK
PO BOX 30094
SEATTLE, WA 98103
TEL: 206-781-8060
FAX: 206-706-6204
Email: info@GlobalSourceNetwork.org
Website: www.GlobalSourceNetwork.org
Co-Directors: Larry Dohrs and Jon Garfunkel

TIBET FUND
Rinchen Dharlo
241 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-213-5011
Fax: 212-779-1245
Website: www.tibetfund.org

The Tibet Fund, founded in 1981, is the principal fund raising organization for the Tibetan people, established to help preserve and promote their unique cultural heritage.  The Tibet Fund assists the social and economic advancement of the Tibetans, both in and outside Tibet, through programs in health, education, and economic and community development.

TIBET HOUSE CULTURAL CENTER
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-807-0563
Fax: 212-807-0563
Website: www.tibethouse.org

Coordinates cultural performances, conducts seminars on history, culture and religion.

TIBET ONLINE RESOURCE GATHERING
Website: www.tibet.org

A comprehensive listing of films, videos, books, Tibet support groups around the world, information on travel in Tibet, the environment, women, human rights, Tibetan culture, recent articles and press campaigns, and courses of action.

TIBETAN NUNS PROJECT
2288 Fulton Street #312
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: 510-647-3423
Email: tnpusa@igc.org
Website: www.tnp.org

The Tibetan Nuns Project sponsors almost 350 nuns from al parts of Tibet. The Nuns Project has started two new nunneries, and distributed donated funds to nuns and nunneries in India. We also help buy food, build housing, provide medical care, support schooling, improve sanitation, and purchase necessities like mattresses, soap and shoes.

US TIBET COMMITTEE
241 E 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-213-5011
Fax: 212-779-9245

Political organization of U.S. and Tibetan volunteers supporting nationwide network.

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