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01 January, 2017

Mongolia says "No" to future Dalai Lama visits

Reported widely on the internet, this is from a story appearing in the NY Times on Friday.
Remarks by its foreign minister this past month were the latest sign that another country had withered under pressure from China over the contentious issue of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Mongolia, whose rulers played a role in establishing the Dalai Lama centuries ago, no longer welcomes him.

The minister, Tsend Munkh-Orgil, told the Onoodor newspaper that the government “feels sorry” for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Mongolia in November and that the Dalai Lama “probably won’t be visiting Mongolia again during this administration,” according to Bloomberg News. The Foreign Ministry confirmed the remarks, according to The Associated Press.

The reaction by Mongolia surprised some scholars because of the country’s deep ties to the Dalai Lama, which date from the 1500s. Even the title alludes to those roots: Dalai means “ocean” in Mongolian.

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18 June, 2016

Interview with HH the Karmapa

A wonderful interview with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. This is circulating well on the web, but in case you have not come across it yet...

Q: You get to see news from around the world, and you get to see now that Tibet is now is flushed with wealth and there's so much of material comfort. Do you think Tibetans are forgetting the cause?

Karmapa: Maybe not. Of course, they have lots of material progress, material development there. One way for the people it's more satisfying that there's only material development. What they need is more internal freedom They can have more access. They can have a sort of basic freedom and freedom of religion and freedom of speech and everything. I think those are very important sort of matters you could say … I think material development can bring some temporary comfort and temporary sort of satisfaction, but if people need more long term sort of happiness and more long term satisfaction, then they need more. More than material development.

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17 March, 2016

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Richard Davidson and Dan Harris

"(a) destroyer of our peace of mind is our own different emotions." - The Dalai Lama

Dan Harris speaks with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist who has looked at the impact of meditation on the brain, in this 25 minute podcast.

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17 November, 2015

Dalai Lama condems terror attacks in Paris

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Sunday condemned the series of terror attacks in Paris on Friday, which killed over 130 people.

“Violence is a reaction by short-sighted, out-of-control people. At 81, I believe it cannot be resolved through prayers or government help. We have to begin the change at individual level and then move on to neighborhood and society,” said the Tibetan leader.

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17 September, 2015

Dalai Lama calls for more research into 20-year disappearance of Panchen Lama

The Chinese government sees the appointment of the next Dalai Lama as key to consolidating state control over Tibet, where separatist movements have flared since the 1950s, and to undermining the present Dalai Lama's influence.

"I think the Chinese government is more concerned with the Dalai Lama institution than myself," the Dalai Lama said on Monday at a news conference at Oxford University.

[Reuters 14 Sept. 2015] The Dalai Lama said on Monday more research was needed to settle the fate of the man he named as the Panchen Lama, the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, who vanished two decades ago but is said by the Chinese to be living a normal life.

Gendun Choekyi Nyima, now 26, disappeared shortly after he was declared by the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet to be the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama when he was six years old.

The Chinese Communist Party has long maintained that Gendun Choekyi Nyima is not the real Panchen Lama, and in 1995, the government selected Gyaltsen Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama.

"Some friends say that my Panchen Lama is still alive (...) and he has also had the opportunity to make a family," the Dalai Lama said.

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