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Buddhist faction protests Dalai Lama as he visits U.S

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dozens of Buddhists rallied on the streets of San Francisco on Saturday protesting the Dalai Lama, who they say has persecuted followers of an ancient deity that the Tibetan spiritual leader denounced decades ago. The crowd of brightly-dressed monks, nuns and other Shugden Buddhism practitioners, a subset of Buddhists who worship the 300-year-old deity Dorje Shugden, held protest signs and chanted, "Religious freedom. Dalai Lama Give!"

Obama to meet Dalai Lama on Friday: US official

US President Barack Obama will meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday, in an encounter likely to draw the ire of China. "The President will meet the Dalai Lama in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. col/adm

Sprawling Tibetan Buddhist institute engulfed in flames

A remote Tibetan Buddhist institute thought to be among the largest in the world has been seriously damaged in a huge fire, reports said Friday, while the cause of the inferno remains a mystery. The fire at the Serthar, or Larung Gar, Institute in Sichuan province in southwest China started on Thursday evening, according to a China News Network report. The blaze destroyed at least 10 structures but no casualties had been reported, the report said.

Dalai Lama potential successor tells China to clean up Tibet

A potential successor to the Dalai Lama Monday warned that Chinese military installations and other projects in Tibet could have disastrous environmental consequences for Asia. Urgyen Trinley urged India to voice its concerns over Chinese development activities in his Himalayan home country. "During the more than 50 years since China took over Tibet, there has been a great deal of development and activity including military installations by the Chinese that have impacted the Tibetan environment," Trinley told AFP.

Buddhism, Christianity share goals: Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama told Mexicans on Saturday that Christianity and Buddhism coincide in their pursuit of human happiness. Both religions promote "love, compassion and self-discipline" that lead to happiness, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader told some 3,000 people. More than 90 percent of Mexico's 118 million people are Catholic. With his usual smile and good humor, the Dalai Lama said that for decades, Christian leaders have been interested in some Buddhist teachings.

British Tibetan monk among three killed in China

A prominent monk who fled Tibet in 1959 and co-founded the West's first Tibetan monastery has been killed in China along with two other people, police said, with his brother saying he was "assassinated". Akong Tulku Rinpoche was the co-founder of Samye Ling in the rolling hills of southern Scotland, the first and largest Tibetan Buddhist centre in Europe. In a statement posted on the monastery's website, his younger brother Lama Yeshe Rinpoche said the abbot, his nephew and another monk had been "assassinated" in Chengdu in southwest China.

Respected Tibetan monk from Britain killed in what Chinese police say was financial dispute

BEIJING, China - Chinese authorities say a well-known Tibetan monk from Britain was stabbed to death in China in a financial dispute and three suspects are in custody. Local police said three Tibetans confronted Tarap Shetrup Akong at his home in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Tuesday and killed him, his nephew and his driver after negotiations soured. Chengdu police say the detained suspects admitted the killings and the case remains under investigation. The British Embassy was not immediately available for comment.
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