April 8, 2008
Re "The Dalai Lama as dupe," Opinion, April 3 Although immediately offended by the headline, I read Elliot Sperling's Op-Ed article but failed to find coherence or clarity. His assertion that "since the early 1970s, the Dalai Lama has had no desire to see Tibet independent" is, to use his words, sadly ludicrous. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader (in exile) of the Tibetan people. Pragmatically, he has down-scaled his expectations, saying he would accept less than complete independence, but spiritually, he remains deeply wounded by the decimation of Tibetan culture and religion following the Chinese invasion decades ago. The casual reader might also be confused by Sperling's assertion that China will eventually "select a new Dalai Lama."
March 13, 2009 |
In Hollywood, everyone takes the Dalai Lama very seriously -- except perhaps for the Dalai Lama himself. The 14th reincarnated primate of Tibetan-style Buddhism -- as well as his scattered people's political leader -- comes pretty close to being the entertainment industry's unofficial spiritual guide. Even many of those with no inclination toward Buddhism have embraced the cause of regaining independence, or, at least, autonomy, for Tibet, which remains under Chinese rule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2000 |
The Dalai Lama will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Titan Student Union on the Cal State Fullerton campus. The high priest will lecture on "Cherishing Harmony With Diversity: Education in the New Millennium." The event is co-sponsored by the university and the Tibetan Department of Education. "We think this is a very unique opportunity for the Orange County community to hear a Nobel Prize winner and an international thinker," said Soraya M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2011 |
When leading Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman gets together with the Dalai Lama, his friend of nearly 50 years, a lighthearted banter usually breaks through their study and heated political discussions. "He called me 'king of the ogres' in public, as a joke," said Thurman, who believes he earned the "ogre" nickname because he can be a bit forceful in expressing his views. Thurman, chair of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, was the first Westerner ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2010 |
In his first major public appearance in Los Angeles in more than three years, the Dalai Lama spoke to a crowd of several thousand people Sunday about his hopes for Tibet, the need for dialogue in resolving conflicts and the importance of spurning the material world to cultivate compassion. People today are "too much concerned with exterior material values and not our inner values," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said. Happiness, he said, touching his heart, "ultimately depends on here."
October 19, 2012 |
Tom Hanks detonated an F-bomb on “Good Morning, America.” He clapped his hand over his mouth and apologized all over the place, as did interviewer Elizabeth Vargas. The actor subsequently tweeted: “For GMA, spesh kowtow for Lizzie V for WHAT DID I JUST SAY??? Oops! In character! Sorry! Hanx” The comment had watchdogs doing what they do best: barking. The Parents Television Council was quick to speak up, as the Los Angeles Times reported, saying ABC had “allowed the harshest profanity to be broadcast into every living room and breakfast table in the country.” Shame on Tom Hanks?
September 17, 2004 |
CHINA China confirmed that supporters of the Dalai Lama were visiting and said it hoped that they would take a positive message back to the Tibetan spiritual leader. Officials in Washington said the Dalai Lama's special envoy had arrived in China for talks on the exiled leader's aspirations for Tibetan autonomy, the third such visit in three years. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman played down the visit, declining even to describe the visitors as envoys.
March 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON--The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet , delivered the opening invocation in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, praying "to Buddha and all" and suggesting that purity of thought will guide humanity's actions. In his saffron robe, the Dalai Lama climbed the few steps to the Senate dais and delivered the three-line prayer, first in the Tibetan language, then in English. He chuckled over his English pronunciation. "With our thoughts we make our world," the prayer began.
April 21, 2008 |
The Dalai Lama said the need for environmental responsibility dovetails with Buddhist teachings on valuing human life, whether that is one person or the world's entire population. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader addressed crowds of more than 7,000 during a weekend of lectures at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "Taking care of our planet -- environment -- is something like taking care of our own home," he said. "This blue planet is our only home."
April 3, 2008 |
The Dalai Lama's rationale for keeping Tibet in China has always had a certain logic to it: China is a great country, and Tibet would benefit by being part of it. Alas, most of the benefit to being a part of China on display in recent weeks has not been very tempting. The fact is, despite displays of clear Tibetan nationalism and calls for Tibetan independence coming from Tibet, the Dalai Lama has long since made up his mind about Tibet's future and will not be moved.