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February 19, 2010 | By Christi Parsons
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 | By Christi Parsons
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."
November 9, 2009 | Mark Magnier
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.
October 28, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
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.
October 7, 2009 | Associated Press
Lawmakers honored the Dalai Lama with a human rights award Tuesday as President Obama faced criticism for delaying a meeting with the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama and the president will not meet until after Obama visits Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing in November. China reviles the Dalai Lama as a separatist and pressures foreign governments not to meet with him. The administration, which needs Chinese support for crucial foreign policy, economic and environmental goals, wants to establish friendly ties between Hu and Obama.
September 1, 2009 | Associated Press
The Dalai Lama exhorted Taiwan to safeguard its democracy, interspersing prayers for the victims of Typhoon Morakot with a challenge to China. The Tibetan spiritual leader's call Monday appeared to contradict assurances that his five-day visit to comfort the victims of the worst storm to hit the island in 50 years would steer clear of the political -- a concern for President Ma Ying-jeou's administration, which is seeking closer ties with mainland...
August 28, 2009 | Barbara Demick
The Dalai Lama is expected Monday in Taiwan for his first visit in eight years, injecting a volatile element into the political fallout from a killer typhoon. Tibet's exiled spiritual leader -- reviled as a separatist by Beijing -- was invited to Taiwan by officials in southern communities hard hit by Typhoon Morakot. Despite having staked his presidency on closer ties with the mainland, Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou had little choice but to agree to the visit because of the uproar against his government for its sluggish reaction to the storm.
August 4, 2009 | Barbara Demick and Joshua Frank, Frank is a Times staff writer.
Chinese health officials have cordoned off a remote western town after three deaths caused by the rare but deadly pneumonic plague. The victims lived in Ziketan, a town of 10,000 in Qinghai province, which is mostly populated by Tibetans. The first victim was a 32-year-old herdsman who died Thursday, four days after falling ill with a fever and cough. State radio reported that the man contracted the illness from his dog, which apparently was infected by a flea.
"Unmistaken Child" does more than take you inside a closed culture in an almost unreachable part of the world. It bears witness to a strange and mysterious process, the search for the childhood reincarnation of a recently deceased and revered Tibetan master. Its privileged glimpse deep into unfamiliar spiritual territory has the strength of revelation.
April 25, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
The Dalai Lama, in a ringing denunciation, declared Friday that the ailing global economy is the result of "too much greed, and lies and hypocrisy." "These are some of the factors behind the global crisis," he said at a news conference at UC Santa Barbara. "Those people who feel that money is the most important thing in life, when economic crisis hits, learn that it is only one way to be happy. There is also family, friends and peace of mind."
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