Dalai Lama http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19415/all en China says Dalai Lama retirement is a "trick" (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110310/dalai-lama-tibet-china-retirement <p> The Nobel Peace laureate says he will hand over control of Tibet&#39;s self-declared government in exile to an elected leader.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110310/dalai-lama-tibet-china-retirement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet World Leaders Asia-Pacific World Religion China India Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:26:55 +0000 News Desk 5629794 at http://www.globalpost.com What's to come of Free Tibet movement? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110311/dalai-lama-free-tibet-movement <p> Democracy may bring a new kind of factionalism to Tibetan exile politics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/110311/dalai-lama-free-tibet-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet World Leaders World Religion China Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:26:14 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5630060 at http://www.globalpost.com On Location: Dharamsala, India — Life after the Dalai Lama http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5633247 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>As the spiritual icon steps down, Tibetans look for a new political leader.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rebecca Byerly </div> </div> </div> <p>For the first time Tibetans cast a ballot to replace the Dalai Lama as their revered political leader.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="640" height="360" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/52da15c9d235f-original.jpg?1301068726" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2011:03:25 14:23</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("52da15c9d235f", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Dalai Lama On Location Asia-Pacific India Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:23:00 +0000 Rebecca Byerly 5633247 at http://www.globalpost.com Dalai Lama backs bin Laden's killing? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dalai-lama-backs-bin-ladens-killing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a Tuesday appearance, the Tibetan Buddhist leader said "forgiveness doesn't mean forget what happened." </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> To be fair, it wasn&#39;t like His Holiness came out and said he wanted bin Laden dead.</p> <p> But for the man who serves as the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhists &mdash; you know, the ones with reverence for all living things &mdash; to even suggest that the killing of Osama bin Laden was justified is worth noting.</p> <p> And according to the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0504-dalai-lama-20110504,0,7229481.story">Los Angeles Times</a>, at least, that&#39;s exactly what he did.</p> <p> After speaking at the University of California to a crowd of thousands, the Dalai Lama was asked about the Sunday raid on Osama.</p> <p> In his answer, the Dalai Lama said that as a human being the world&#39;s most wanted man may have deserved forgivenes.</p> <p> But then he added: &quot;Forgiveness doesn&#39;t mean forget what happened. &hellip; If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures.&quot;</p> <p> One reading of this statement certainly suggests that the Dalai Lama was on board with the Sunday raid in which Al Qaeda&#39;s No. 1 was shot twice, once through the eye.</p> <p> But, even if he did suggest as much, is that in conflict with Buddhism?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dalai-lama-backs-bin-ladens-killing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Osama bin Laden Tibet World Leaders War World Religion China The Rice Bowl Wed, 04 May 2011 19:46:21 +0000 Emily Lodish 5642470 at http://www.globalpost.com Dalai Lama doesn't get the Dalai Lama joke http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dalai-lama-doesnt-get-the-dalai-lama-joke <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leave it to the Aussies to finally stump His Holiness. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Have you ever wondered what you would say to the Dalai Lama, if you ever got the chance to meet him?</p> <p> One Australian newscaster clearly has not.</p> <p> On his recent trip Down Under, the Dalai Lama appeared on an Australian news program. The newscaster decided he would, after all, share that one clever <a href="http://www.boingboing.net/2011/06/14/dalai-lama-fails-to.html?dlvrit=36761" target="_blank">Dalai Lama joke</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> Suffice it to say the Tibetan spiritual leader doesn&#39;t get the joke, though still manages to have the last laugh.</p> <p> One line that did get His Holiness to giggle was when he <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110614/australia-prime-minister-julia-gillard-snubs-dalai-lama-tibet-china">confused the prime minister&#39;s gender</a>, referring to Julia Gillard as a man.</p> <p> &quot;Oh, her,&quot; he said with a laugh, after one of his aids corrected him.</p> <p> Gillard refused to meet with the Dalai Lama, but said it was unrelated to his gaffe.</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xlIrI80og8c" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/dalai-lama-doesnt-get-the-dalai-lama-joke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet World Leaders Entertainment World Religion China Offbeat The Rice Bowl Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:36:43 +0000 Emily Lodish 5651247 at http://www.globalpost.com Second Tibetan monk burns himself alive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/second-tibetan-monk-burns-himself-alive <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phone lines are reportedly cut off and the army is said to have surrounded the monastery. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Tsewang Norbu, known as Norko, is reported to have drunk gasoline before pouring some on the rest of his body, and lighting himself on fire.</p> <p> He is the <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/15/tibetan-monk-burns-himself-death">second monk to have self-immolated </a>in last six months in southwestern China&#39;s Sichuan province, protesting the worsening conditions for ethnic Tibetans there.</p> <p> After the first monk burned himself alive on March 16, China clamped down. And repression worsened further when Tibetans in Tawu, where 29-year-old Norko died, defied a government ban on celebrating the Dalai Lama&rsquo;s 76th birthday on July 6.</p> <p> Many fear the Chinese government will respond to the perceived rise in tensions with a strong hand.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibets-new-prime-minister-has-never-been-tibet">Tibet&#39;s new prime minister has never been to Tibet</a>.</strong></p> <p> According to the activist website, <a href="http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/monk-dies-after-setting-himself-fire-protest-tibet-0">Free Tibet</a>, phone lines have been cut and internet cafes closed in Tawu, and the Chinese army is reported to have surrounded the monastery, where Norko died.</p> <p> Following the death of the first monk, the Chinese regime deployed troops onto the streets of Ngaba, where he died. Activists say they forcibly removed hundreds of monks, imposed curfews, undertook house searches and detained and sentenced scores of Tibetans.</p> <p> The military checkpoints in Ngaba remain six months later, and many worry a similar scene will transpire in Tawu.</p> <p> China&#39;s state media reported the death of the monk, but used the Chinese name for Tawu (Daofu), and said it was unclear why he had self-immolated.</p> <p> But Norko made it clear, according to Free Tibets, calling out three irrefutable slogans as he burned alive:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> &ldquo;We Tibetan people want freedom,&rdquo; &ldquo;Long live the Dalai Lama&rdquo; and &ldquo;Let the Dalai Lama Return to Tibet.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/second-tibetan-monk-burns-himself-alive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones World Religion China The Rice Bowl Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:38:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5673186 at http://www.globalpost.com More bad news for Tibetan monks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibetan-buddhist-monks-tibet-dalai-lama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> China has sentenced a Tibetan monk to 11 years in jail for hiding his fellow monk who had self-immolated. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Earlier this month, news of a <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/second-tibetan-monk-burns-himself-alive">monk self-immolating</a> in southwestern China sent ripples of terror through the Tibetan Buddhist community.</p> <p> Not only did the act of Tsewang Norbu, known as Norko, burning himself alive bring onlookers to a halt, and force them to register the oppression under which Tibetans live in China.</p> <p> But it also forced people to say, &quot;Again?&quot;</p> <p> Norko was the second monk to light himself on fire and die from subsequent injuries in the last six months.</p> <p> And today, it is that first monk, Rigzin Phuntsog, who self-immolated in China&#39;s Sichuan province on March 16, who is again making headlines months after his death.</p> <p> A Chinese court has sentenced a monk called Drongdru to 11 years in jail for &ldquo;intentional homicide&rdquo; for hiding his fellow monk and preventing him from getting treatment after he set himself on fire, <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/378fbaf4-d252-11e0-9137-00144feab49a.html#axzz1WRPaJfi6">state news agency Xinhua</a> reported on Monday.</p> <p> According to Reuters:</p> <p class="rteindent1"> Drongdru ... pled guilty to the murder charge and said he felt very regretful over the hiding and prevention of emergency treatment and asked for leniency. Drongdru said at the court room that he would not appeal against the verdict,&rdquo; Xinhua said.</p> <p> According to reports, at least three monks have self-immolated in China since 2009.</p> <p> Two other monks will stand trial on Tuesday charged with &ldquo;plotting, instigating and assisting&rdquo; in Rigzin Phuntsog&#39;s self-immolation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibetan-buddhist-monks-tibet-dalai-lama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones World Religion China The Rice Bowl Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:45:12 +0000 Emily Lodish 5674231 at http://www.globalpost.com Can Tibetans be bought? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-tibetans-china-economy-investing-dalai-lama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> China's sure going to try. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> China has announced its intention to spend $47 billion on the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/second-tibetan-monk-burns-himself-alive">unruly Tibetan Autonomous Region</a> before 2015.</p> <p> The money, according to state-run <a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-09/14/c_131138612.htm">Xinhua</a>, will go toward 226 key projects ranging from infrastructure developments &mdash; like new highways linking Tibet with China&#39;s interior regions &mdash; to health care to better access to tap water and more.</p> <p> Hm.</p> <p> That&#39;s very, um, generous of you, China.</p> <p> Or is it?</p> <p> <a href="http://www.bjreview.com.cn/special/tibet/txt/2008-05/07/content_115175.htm">Throwing money at the problem</a> of restive populations isn&#39;t a new development for China. It&#39;s been going for years, and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/world/asia/28kashgar.html?pagewanted=all">not just in Tibet</a>.</p> <p> China recently declared its desire to transform the <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/usa/2011-09/15/content_13692334.htm">Uighurs autonomous region</a>, Xinjiang.</p> <p> Hardly a selfless act, China was clear about wanting to turn Xinjiang into a major production base for petroleum and other energy-related industries.</p> <p> A closer look at Tibet, and China&#39;s motives there are also far from altruistic.</p> <p> China&#39;s new proposal for Tibet more than doubles what it spent on the region between 2006 and 2010.</p> <p> That fact, coupled with the <a href="http://www.tibetanreview.net/news.php?&amp;id=9531">latest tourism figures</a> out of Tibet (6.2 million folks came through in the first eight months of 2011 &mdash; a more than 20 percent jump from 2010), suggest that China&#39;s view of Tibet is changing.&nbsp;</p> <p> Just maybe not in the ways Tibet would like to see.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-tibetans-china-economy-investing-dalai-lama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet Emerging Markets World Religion China The Rice Bowl Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:02:06 +0000 Emily Lodish 5675455 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa stalls on Dalai Lama visa amid concerns of Chinese pressure http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110927/china-tibet-dalai-lama-south-africa-visa-desmond-tutu <p> China, which is South Africa&#39;s largest trading partner, reacts angrily to countries that allow the Dalai Lama entry and grant him meetings with high-level officials.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110927/china-tibet-dalai-lama-south-africa-visa-desmond-tutu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apartheid Dalai Lama World Religion China South Africa Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:15:00 +0000 News Desk 5676250 at http://www.globalpost.com Dalai Lama Man of Many Faces: Exile, Spiritual Leader, Politician http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5676382 <p> The 14th Dalai Lama doesn&#39;t have much going on &mdash; only the future of Tibetan Buddhists.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5676382" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet World Leaders Entertainment Asia-Pacific Diplomacy China Offbeat Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:20:00 +0000 News Desk 5676382 at http://www.globalpost.com Tibet: What does a trend of self-immolations tell us? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-what-does-trend-self-immolations-tell-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Q &amp; A with Tenzin Dorjee, executive director of New York City's Students for a Free Tibet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <em><a href="http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/alight-10072011082911.html">On Friday, two teenaged Tibetans</a>, both former monks, set themselves on fire at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in eastern Tibet (Chinese: Sichuan province). Together, they raise the number of self-immolations this year to seven.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-what-does-trend-self-immolations-tell-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones World Religion China India Opinion The Rice Bowl Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:33:28 +0000 Emily Lodish 5677149 at http://www.globalpost.com Desmond Tutu celebrates birthday with Bono, without Dalai Lama (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/111007/desmond-tutu-birthday-bono-dalai-lama-cape-town-south-africa <p> Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his peaceful struggle against apartheid, is widely seen as South Africa&#39;s moral compass, and known for his controversial statements on a range of issues.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/111007/desmond-tutu-birthday-bono-dalai-lama-cape-town-south-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apartheid China Dalai Lama South Africa Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:04:59 +0000 News Desk 5677169 at http://www.globalpost.com Tibet is burning http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/111028/tibet-china-buddhist-monks-self-immolations-kirti-monastery <p>BIHAR &mdash; During my detention by Chinese authorities, I was not mistreated, only exhausted. That does not compare to the intimidation and violence that Tibetans endure daily.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/111028/tibet-china-buddhist-monks-self-immolations-kirti-monastery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Tibet Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific World Religion Opinion Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:21:00 +0000 Matteo Pistono 5679591 at http://www.globalpost.com Dalai Lama blames "cultural genocide" in Tibet for self-immolations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111107/dalai-lama-china-cultural-genocide-monk-self-immolations <p> At least 11 Tibetans have set themselves on fire this year in protest of Chinese rule.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111107/dalai-lama-china-cultural-genocide-monk-self-immolations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dalai Lama World Religion China Mon, 07 Nov 2011 17:50:50 +0000 News Desk 5680541 at http://www.globalpost.com What should the Dalai Lama do? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-dalai-lama-buddhism-china-monks-self-immolations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Q &amp; A with Robert Barnett, director of the Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia Univ. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <em>Self-immolations are in the news.&nbsp;</em><em>Besides reports today of a <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111116/china-man-sets-fire-himself-tiananmen-square-photo">Chinese man who set himself on fire</a> in Beijing&#39;s Tiananmen Square,&nbsp;</em><em>China is also facing a wave of self-immolations in eastern Tibet.&nbsp;</em></p> <p> <em>At least 11 monks and nuns have set themselves on fire this year in protest of China&#39;s grip on their homeland.&nbsp;</em><em>Last week, the Dalai came forward and blamed China for the spate of tragic acts, saying its approach in Tibet amounts to <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/111107/dalai-lama-china-cultural-genocide-monk-self-immolations">&quot;cultural genocide.&quot;&nbsp;</a></em></p> <p> <em>For some, it was a welcome message from a figure who, inevitably, is at the center of any news out of Tibet. For others, it began the well-worn cycle that starts with the Dalai Lama condemning China, moves to China condemning the Dalai Lama, and ends without much changed.</em></p> <p> <em>&quot;It&#39;s hard to see new ways to describe the situation. But we have to keep on trying to describe it,&quot; said Robbie Barnett, director of the Modern Tibetan Studies program at Columbia University. </em></p> <p> <em>GlobalPost spoke with Barnett about the likelihood that China will make some changes, what the Dalai Lama can really do, and why no one is an idle commentator on this issue.</em></p> <p> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 19px; "><strong>GlobalPost: The majority of Tibetans who have self-immolated this year have died. It&#39;s clear these deaths are the result of more than a decade of repressive policies in Tibet. What is a helpful frame to make sense of this in the West?</strong></span></p> <p> Professor Robbie Barnett: We would have to imagine a government here treating universities as, let&#39;s say, mafia centers or criminal cults that have to be repeatedly invaded by police.&nbsp;That&#39;s roughly how the major Tibetan monasteries are being viewed now in China.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/tibet-dalai-lama-buddhism-china-monks-self-immolations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buddhism Dalai Lama Nepal Tibet Asia-Pacific World Religion China Opinion The Rice Bowl Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:20:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5680804 at http://www.globalpost.com