DHARAMSALA, India (RNS) Dawa Dhondup drank kerosene and poured it all over his body at a March 10 procession to mark the anniversary of a failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. As he was about to light a match, fellow Tibetans and police overpowered him.
Articles tagged “Dalai Lama”
(RNS) The back-to-back wins by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu signal a shift for the Templeton Prize, which in recent years had gone to little-known physicists and theologians.
(RNS) When aging religious leaders reach the top echelons of temporal and spiritual power, their followers have a certain expectation: Till death us do part. But Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation has shifted that calculus, prompting introspection about when, if and how to let go of religion’s senior management.
(RNS) In its latest move to crack down on dissent, the Chinese government treats self-immolations as a crime and charges anyone inciting the act with “intentional murder.”
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI starts tweeting on Wednesday, and like the Dalai Lama, the pope doesn't plan to follow anyone. Will the tweets be infallible? Will he use OMG or would that be sacrilegious? What holy hashtags will he create? By Regina Brett.
NEW DELHI (RNS) As China's Communist Party began meeting in Beijing this week, six more Tibetans set themselves on fire. Exiled Tibetan leader Lobsang Sangay said while he discourages self-immolation, it is the “sacred duty'' of the exiled community to support it. By Vishal Arora.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) Lots of rock stars expect cushy perks at the venues where they perform: special food and drink, music, video games and even a puppy to play fetch. For the Dalai Lama, it’s all about the chair. By Emily Kulkus.
NEW YORK (RNS) The Dalai Lama has given Nicholas Vreeland, director of The Tibet Center in New York, a daunting new assignment. On July 6, Vreeland will be enthroned as the new abbot of Rato Monastery in Southern India, one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism. He will be the first Westerner to hold such a position. By Kim Lawton.
Imagine that thousands of people – including your father – recognized you as the reincarnation of a great Buddhist master. But you wanted no part of it.