March 10, 2011 |
The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, said Thursday that he will pass the reins of political power to the elected prime minister of the self-proclaimed Tibetan government in exile. The announcement formalizes an approach the Tibetan leader has been edging toward for years, hoping to prevent a political vacuum after his death and ensure an effective response to Chinese crackdowns and Beijing's increasingly effective use of diplomatic pressure. But the Dalai Lama, 75, made a point of saying he wasn't retiring, and his global status and reputation ensure that he will continue to play a major role in Tibetan affairs.
February 8, 2011 |
He's a "living Buddha" with movie-star good looks and an iPod, a 25-year-old who rubs shoulders with Richard Gere and Tom Cruise and is mentioned as a successor to the Dalai Lama. Now allegations that he's a Chinese spy, and a money launderer to boot, have laid bare divisions in the outwardly serene world of Tibetan Buddhism and longtime tensions between China and India. There's a lot at stake. The Karmapa is among Tibetan Buddhism's most revered figures and heads the religion's wealthiest sect, with property estimated at $1.2 billion worldwide.
December 5, 2010
The 14th Dalai Lama A Manga Biography Tetsu Saiwai Penguin, $15 paper A graphic biography of the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The Alchemist A Graphic Novel Paulo Coelho, illustrated by Daniel Sampere HarperOne, $22.99 A visual reinterpretation of the magical tale of Spanish shepherd boy Santiago's journey in search of a treasure buried in the Egyptian pyramids.
November 24, 2010 |
The Dalai Lama plans to give up his largely ceremonial role as head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, an aide said Tuesday, in what appeared to be part of a long-term strategy to make the movement less vulnerable to Chinese strong-arm tactics. But the 75-year-old leader would retain his role as spiritual head of the Tibetan community and remain a focal point for efforts to achieve greater religious and cultural autonomy for the Tibetan people, said spokesman Tenzin Taklha. Beijing, which views the Dalai Lama as a pariah bent on splitting China, has adopted various tactics in its bid to weaken the leader and undercut his efforts to expand Tibetan autonomy in China.
September 22, 2010 |
Dharamsala, the Indian hill town of monks, chocolate pancakes and backpacker kitsch, has long been a mecca for Tibetans fleeing Chinese communist rule. Thousands have made the tortuous journey over the Himalayas from Lhasa, drawn by the promise of a new life, freedom of expression and the presence of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who arrived in 1959 after he fled Tibet. But it's also become a town of tarnished illusions, homesickness, intrigue and a more nuanced view of China than one might expect from the anti-China posters, anti-Beijing testimonials and shops claiming to shun all Chinese products.
June 24, 2010
Two years ago, the Beijing Olympics sparked the biggest uprising of the Tibetan people inside and outside their country since China invaded it in the '50s and imposed a harsh, repressive rule against the native population. This protest prompted documentarians Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam to make a fresh examination of the plight of the Tibetans still craving independence after a half century of either homeland misery or increasingly long exile. Their beautiful, stirring and inescapably elegiac "The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom" illuminates the increasing complexity and contradictions in regard to the role of the Dalai Lama, exiled in India since 1959.
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May 29, 2010 |
In 1972, Jack Kornfield stepped off a plane in Washington, D.C., his head shaved and his body swathed in golden robes. He had come home to see if he could make it as a monk in America. Kornfield had spent several contemplative years at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, where he lived with few possessions, followed a strict monastic code and retreated each day to the lush forest for hours of meditation. But in the U.S., he found no monasteries that practiced the Vipassana meditation he had studied.
April 21, 2010
It's something of a parlor game among Chinese Internet users to figure out what terms and words really are taboo. Chinese users of the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing application eMule found that the company is blocking searches of the following terms and words in China. (Some of these words are still searchable on some sites.) adult adultery brainwash censorship civil movement core principles corruption credit crisis Cultural Revolution Dalai Lama demonstration dissident economic bubble Edgar Snow evil exile fraud genocide impeachment June 4 lust mafia mainland mistress Mongolian independence multiparty national secret nurse naked one-party overthrow princeling rape Rebiya Kadeer revolution riot scripture sperm state security Taiwan independence temptation Tiananmen Tibet independence truth yellow
April 19, 2010 |
Chinese President Hu Jintao flew Sunday to the site of last week's earthquake on the Tibetan plateau, the latest effort to portray a government that is both compassionate and competent to a people who have made it clear at times that they don't want to be under Chinese rule. With the death toll rising sharply -- at latest count, 1,706 -- China's handling of the disaster relief is under close scrutiny. The pressure on China has been heightened by a request over the weekend by the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, to visit the area where the earthquake struck and pray for victims.
April 7, 2010 |
You may think you know the Buddha, because you have seen him standing outside a Chinese restaurant, belly burnished from being rubbed repeatedly for good luck, or hiding in the corner of a garden. But you have more to learn, grasshopper. David Grubin's "The Buddha," which airs Wednesday on PBS, is not the story of Buddhism -- whose history as a religion, like that of Christianity, really gets going after the demise of its founder and is addressed here only in a couple of lines near the end of the film -- but rather that of the historical person who said the things on which followers have based their several, differing practices.