September 30, 1990 |
The titles of these two books--"Freedom in Exile," a simple and powerful autobiography by the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, and "My Tibet," a sumptuous and touching glimpse of his country and people--are themselves simple, powerful and quite disarming. They are also quite paradoxical. Exile, after all, seems a sort of inverted imprisonment in which one is held captive by exclusion. So long as one is exiled, how can one be free? Similarly, since the Dalai Lama has been excluded from his rightful rule by an army of occupation, can he really call the land his own?
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February 26, 1990 |
Before I went to Tibet, I assumed that all the reports I had heard about the "Abode of Gods," from Tibetans and their friends, were fairy tales or wishful thoughts. After I came back from Tibet, I was myself a fabulist. For the air itself, along those unearthly plateaus, seemed to vibrate with a fervor and intensity I had never seen, or even imagined. And its spirit was quite different from the pleasant calm one finds amid the other remote places of the High Himalayas, in the monasteries of Nepal or the desolate mountains of Bhutan.
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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...
October 9, 2005 |
AT first, I must admit, I didn't like the land of the gods. Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, literally translates as "god ground." It's been called the farthest goal of all travel, the most hidden city on Earth, the hub of the kingdom of enlightenment, the locus of Shangri-La. Hardly a destination on Earth has been more mythologized.
August 5, 2009 |
Can it be that goji, the supposed legendary miracle fruit of ancient Tibet, is being grown in Dinuba? Nothing is surprising when it comes to this tiny orange berry. Virtually unknown in the United States five years ago, it is now seemingly everywhere, in martinis, granolas, nutritional supplements and even Lindsay Lohan's tanning spray.
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.
October 28, 2009 |
Two people have been executed for their roles in deadly protests last year in Tibet, the first known executions for the violence, an overseas monitoring group said. China confirmed the executions but gave no details. Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak, who goes by one name, were sentenced in April on charges relating to "starting fatal fires," according to the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet. The group said the two were executed in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, but did not say when.