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.
February 24, 2010
The good soldier Re "Alexander M. Haig, 1924-2010," Obituary, Feb. 21 Just before the start of Operation Junction City in Vietnam, Lt. Col. Alexander Haig gave a pep talk to the troops of the 1st Infantry Division. I was there, and I felt energized, to say the least. A few days later, we were in the thick of it. Haig did not hesitate to call in airstrikes and artillery, very close to our positions. His actions helped save GIs' lives and produced a successful operation.
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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."
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February 20, 2010 |
After pressing the case for Tibetan autonomy with President Obama in Washington, the Dalai Lama said Saturday that he is encouraged by what he sees as rising support for the Tibetan cause among Chinese intellectuals, although he said the Chinese government remains "hardened" against him. The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism arrived in Los Angeles on Friday and planned to spend the weekend here in support of Whole Child International, a...
February 19, 2010 |
President Obama and the Dalai Lama held a relaxed, unhurried conversation Thursday, reiterating long-standing commitments to seek greater rights for people living in the Tibetan regions of China. After the hourlong meeting, the Tibetan spiritual leader emerged from the White House, smiling and playfully tossing a handful of snow at reporters before heading to a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Although the White House worked to keep the meeting low-key, Beijing objected to what it saw as U.S. support for an exiled monk who advocates Tibet's independence from China.
February 18, 2010
The Grammy-winning pop-folk chanteuse Sheryl Crow will open the first large-scale public address that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has given since 2006. The celebration of peace and song will launch Whole Child International's global initiative to raise awareness of the emotional needs of vulnerable children. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal Terrace Parkway. 1:30 p.m. Sun. $30-$205. (818) 622-4440. www.citywalkhollywood.com.
February 18, 2010 |
President Obama will receive the Dalai Lama on Thursday in the Map Room of the White House instead of the Oval Office, not one-on-one but in a group, and then will leave town without a joint appearance before television cameras. Pointedly employing no protocol that implies head-of-state status for the Tibetan leader-in-exile, the White House is also being explicit about its invitation: Obama meets the Dalai Lama as an "internationally respected religious leader and spokesman for Tibetan rights."
February 4, 2010 |
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said Thursday that China was likely to let its currency appreciate -- addressing a long-sought U.S. goal that could help boost American exports and create more jobs. Though Geithner didn't specify when he expected Beijing to loosen its grip on the yuan, his statement to the Senate Budget Committee struck an optimistic note against a background of deepening tensions with Beijing, partly over economic policy but also over arms sales to Taiwan and President Obama's plans to meet with the Dalai Lama.
November 9, 2009 |
Ignoring Chinese protests, the Dalai Lama traveled to a disputed part of India near China's Tibetan border today as thousands of pilgrims braved cold weather to catch a glimpse of their spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama, who was sharply criticized by Beijing before the visit, expects to spend five days praying and instructing Buddhist worshipers in the monastery town of Tawang in the northern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. His last visit there was in 2003. China has accused the spiritual leader of making the trip to further the movement for an independent Tibet, a region that accounts for about one-sixth of Chinese territory.
November 8, 2009 |
Thousands of devout Buddhists poured into a remote mountain town in India's northeast, arriving in packed trucks or on foot after trekking for miles along narrow paths for a rare chance to get a glimpse of the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader's weeklong visit to Tawang, in Arunachal Pradesh state near the Chinese border, has been mired in a diplomatic squabble, highlighting the growing friction between Beijing and New Delhi as the two nuclear-armed giants vie for economic and political power.