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April 20, 1994 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mystery is as deep, and perhaps as impenetrable, as the snows of Tibet. Its genesis was a dirty, sweat-stained piece of paper hidden for almost a decade. In rune-like handwriting and free verse, the riddle told believers where to find their reincarnated leader. The place: where the "divine thunder" peals. The birth date: the year of "the one used for the earth."
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NEWS
April 9, 1989 | MALCOLM DAVIDSON, Reuters
A young Buddhist monk convulsing under a trance and waving a sword and bow in a ritual dance has a say in every important decision of the Tibetan exile leadership. Dressed as an ancient warrior, he is the chief state oracle of the Tibetans, through whom they believe the spirit of the deity Nechung guides their leader, the Dalai Lama. Few important decisions are taken by the exiled Dalai Lama and his high officials without consulting the oracle, 31-year-old monk Thupten Ngodub.
OPINION
April 10, 2014 | By Stefan Halper and Lezlee Brown Halper
Beijing has no shortage of issues to confront. There's the South China Sea, uncontrollable corruption, a slowing economy and factional disputes within the party and military. But Chinese officials also face one of the most difficult challenges in modern statecraft: how to conquer a myth. Despite China's attempts to dislodge its mythic appeal, Tibet as Shangri-La seems firmly set in the world's imagination. The once-independent nation, set high on a broad plateau adjacent to the Himalayas, is a worldwide symbol of mystery, aspiration, spirituality and possibility.
NEWS
October 8, 1991 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two child monks climbed a tower outside the scripture-reading hall of Erdene Zuu Monastery, then blew long blasts on conch-shell horns in a call to prayer. The temple air, heavy with incense and smoke from butter lamps, soon filled with Tibetan Buddhist chants and the sound of cymbals, drums and horns as 50 lamas gathered in worship.
NEWS
October 2, 1988 | DON OLDENBURG, The Washington Post
Ever since Shirley MacLaine made it safe to reincarnate in America, all sorts of people have been making claims about their past lives as Egyptian queens, or Sioux medicine men. Skeptics have been kept busy. But Catharine Burroughs is not so easily dismissed. Last month, at the Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling, the Buddhist World Prayer Center west of the Potomac Polo grounds in Poolesville, Md.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1998 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In the drizzling rain of a predawn morning, a dozen practitioners inside the Zen Center of Los Angeles light a candle, burn incense, gently strike a bell and begin a silent sitting meditation on traditional Japanese tatami mats. Across town at the colorful Wat Thai Temple in North Hollywood, monks in bright orange robes begin their morning chants.
WORLD
February 8, 2011 | Mark Magnier
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.
NEWS
December 9, 1995 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a ceremony attended by senior Communist Party officials and Tibetan monks loyal to Beijing, the Chinese government on Friday formally installed a 6-year-old boy as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, second only to the Dalai Lama in the Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy.
WORLD
March 26, 2008 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
As the world's most famous Buddhist, the Dalai Lama is a monk juggling two jobs. One is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, and the other is the political head of his government in exile. He was chosen to serve these dual callings through an arcane process based on signs that he was reincarnated from a long line of Dalai Lamas who were considered embodiments of the Buddha of Compassion, the holder of the White Lotus.
NEWS
June 14, 1988 | Reuters
Pope John Paul II received the Dalai Lama in a private audience at the Vatican today for talks on religious values and world peace. The meeting with the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism lasted about 20 minutes, the Vatican said.
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