US ambassador raises concerns during rare Tibet visit
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past...
US ambassador in China makes rare visit to Tibet
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China is making a rare visit to Tibet to meet local officials and raise concerns about restrictions on Buddhist practices and the preservation of the...
Dalai Lama returns to north India base after hospitalization
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Hundreds of exiled Tibetans welcomed the return of the Dalai Lama to his headquarters in the north Indian hill town of Dharmsala on Friday after a brief stay in a hospital...
Dalai Lama released from hospital, says he feels ‘normal’
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama was released from an Indian hospital on Friday, saying he felt "normal, almost normal" after being treated for a chest infection.
Dalai Lama feeling ‘almost normal’ after hospital stay
The Dalai Lama recovering fast from chest infection
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama has almost recovered from a chest infection and is likely to leave a New Delhi hospital in a day, his spokesman said on Thursday.
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama has been hospitalized in the Indian capital with a chest infection and is feeling better, his spokesman said Wednesday.
Dalai Lama lauds New Zealand PM for handling mosque attacks
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Dalai Lama on Thursday praised New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her compassionate handling of a recent attack on two mosques by a gunman that left 50 Muslim...
China defends Tibet policies, bashes exile government
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials responsible for Tibet praised development in the Himalayan region in the 60 years since the suppression of an uprising against Beijing's rule.
Dartmouth professor wins top religion prize
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Dartmouth College professor of physics and astronomy was awarded one of the world's leading religion prizes for blending hard science and deep spirituality in his work, a...
60 years after Dalai Lama fled, China defends Tibet policies
BEIJING (AP) — China is defending its often-criticized rule in Tibet 60 years after the Dalai Lama fled into exile amid an abortive uprising against Chinese control, saying those who question its...
Chinese official insists no love for Dalai Lama in Tibet
BEIJING (AP) — China's Communist Party chief in Tibet insisted Wednesday that the Tibetan people feel more affection toward the government than to the region's traditional Buddhist leader, the...
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
An exiled Tibetan lights candles in front of her house in India as Tibetans mark the death anniversary of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism to which the Dalai Lama belongs.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a South Korean provincial governor is escorted by South Korean troops inside the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the world's most heavily fortified border on the divided Korean Peninsula.
Report: Tibetan dies of self-immolation in protest of China
BEIJING (AP) — A Tibetan man set himself on fire and died in a protest earlier this week calling for the return of the region's exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, a rights monitoring group reported.
The Washington, D.C.-based International Campaign for Tibet said 23-year-old Dorbe self-immolated on Sunday in Ngaba county, a traditionally Tibetan region of Sichuan province.
Ken Burns turns his attention to the Mayo Clinic
NEW YORK (AP) — After spearheading an epic, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has turned to more personal subject matter — one that knows him very intimately, too.
Burns tackles the famed Mayo Clinic in his next film, exploring the history of the innovative Rochester, Minnesota-based hospital that has been dubbed "The Miracle in a Cornfield." It has treated luminaries such as the Dalai Lama — and Burns.
Dalai Lama meets alleged victims of abuse by Buddhist gurus
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Four people who say Tibetan Buddhist teachers abused them physically or psychologically presented the Dalai Lama with written accounts from 12 alleged victims and appealed to him Friday in the Netherlands to address the problem.
BEIJING (AP) — Children in traditionally Buddhist Tibet have been banned from taking part in religious activities over the summer holidays, an official Chinese Communist Party newspaper has reported.
The Global Times quoted an education official in the regional capital of Lhasa as saying that students were required to sign an agreement to "not take part in any form of religious activity" during the break.
Rodgers, Packers gets used to new faces and playbook tweaks
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers' eventful offseason included a trip to India to see the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and a pit stop to watch his girlfriend, race car driver Danica Patrick, at Daytona.
He also purchased a minority stake in the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
This week, it's back to the practice field for the two-time NFL MVP.
New book about ‘Caddyshack’ better than the movie
“The book was better.” We’ve all uttered some variation on this theme, driven by disappointment that the story on the screen doesn’t match up with the mental images conjured by a favorite tome.
Well, here’s another variation: The book about the movie is better than the movie.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shares football gear with Dalai Lama
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers met with the Dalai Lama, according to a post on the 82-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader’s Instagram account Tuesday.
The two-time NFL MVP gave the Dalai Lama a Packers hat and an NFL football at the spiritual leader's residence in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India, according to the social media post.
Recently, Facebook reminded me of something I shared on the website two years ago. It was a Facebook post from Elder Dale G. Renlund, the then-junior apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
His words are just as applicable today as they were when he first wrote them, for more than just religious reasons.
Dalai Lama Marks 60th Year Of His Exile In India
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The prime minister of the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile urged his compatriots Saturday to strengthen efforts to make the return of the Dalai Lama to his native land a reality.
Lobsang Sangay also said Tibet has seen 60 years of destruction of its civilization, culture and identity by the Chinese since the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans' spiritual leader, fled to India in 1959.
New China ‘crime’ crackdown targets threats to party rule
BEIJING (AP) — As Tibetans prepared to celebrate a Buddhist new year festival with prayers and dance, police officers went to schools, airports and public squares to read out "21 kinds of dark and evil forces," a list of new criminal targets.
Dozens of members of Santa Fe’s Tibetan community and their supporters marched through the city’s streets Saturday and held a rally on the Plaza in commemoration of the 1959 uprising in Tibet against the People’s Republic of China.
Thousands of Tibetans surrounded the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the nation’s capital, March 10, 1959, to protect the Dalai Lama and to protest China’s occupation of their homeland following an invasion. Many of those protesters lost their lives.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India has told top officials to avoid events held by Tibet's exile government to celebrate the Dalai Lama's life in India, fearful of hurting relations with China, a newspaper reported Friday.
Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha, India's top government bureaucrat, sent a directive to high-level officials saying it is "not desirable" for them to participate in upcoming exile events, noting "the sensitive nature of the subject," The Indian Express Newspaper reported.
Mercedes apologizes to China after Dalai Lama quote
Daimler AG unit Mercedes-Benz is the latest international company offering the Chinese an open apology for quoting the Dalai Lama on Instagram, weeks after Chinese regulators probed Marriott International for listing Tibet as a nation on its website.
Mercedes in China apologizes for quoting Dalai Lama abroad
BEIJING (AP) — Mercedes-Benz issued an apology in China on Tuesday for quoting the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who is reviled by Beijing, on social media abroad in a reflection of foreign companies' heightened sensitivity to the Communist government's possible reaction to their global activities.
A planned Raleigh visit from the Dalai Lama, the renowned Buddhist spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, won't happen this year, officials said Tuesday.
The Dalai Lama was expected to visit Raleigh in April, but his representatives recently sent a letter to Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane explaining that he won't travel to the U.S. in 2018.
When society is returned once more
To unimprisoned life, and to the universe …
Then our entire twisted nature will turn
And run when a single secret word is spoken.
— from Novalis (1800)
I am wondering what single, simple word might we speak in unison today to safely carry ourselves to our designed place in the universe?
Romania’s ex-king Michael, who ruled during WWII, dies at 96
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former Romanian King Michael I, who was forced to abdicate by the communists in the aftermath of World War II, died on Tuesday. He was 96.
Michael, who played a pivotal role in Romania's switch to the Allied cause following a coup in 1944, spent decades in exile working as a chicken farmer and aircraft pilot. He finally got his citizenship back in 1997, eight years after the collapse of communism.
Image of Asia: Dalai Lama greets devotees
In this photo by Associated Press photographer Ashwini Bhatia, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees as he arrives to give a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India.
Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame inductees announced
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A four-generation business, a Finnish chef and author, and a technology and business leader will be inducted this year to the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame .
The hall in Minot honors people of Scandinavian descent in North America who have achieved greatness in their field.
Dalai Lama cancels Botswana visit because of ‘exhaustion’
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Dalai Lama says he is canceling his planned visit to Botswana "due to exhaustion."
A statement on the website of the Tibetan spiritual leader says he has written to the president of the southern African nation expressing "profound regret." The 82-year-old had been expected to visit on Tuesday.
Dalai Lama’s scheduled Raleigh visit postponed until 2018
A planned Raleigh visit from the Dalai Lama, the renowned Buddhist spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been shifted from October 2017 to April 2018, WRAL News has learned.
There was no word on the exact dates the Dalai Lama will visit Raleigh or what his schedule will be when he arrives. No reason was given for the change in dates for the visit.
AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.
This week's gallery features images of an attack on opposition lawmakers in Venezuela; civilians fleeing the fighting in Mosul, Iraq; Tibetan children preparing to perform during celebrations for the Dalai Lama's 82nd birthday.
This gallery contains photos published July 1-7, 2017.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Tibetans living in exile in India waved white scarves, lit incense and offered prayers in celebration of the Dalai Lama's 82nd birthday.
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of the Tibetan community, cut a cake and watched a performance of cultural dances and songs by young followers on Thursday in Leh, a town in the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir where a large number of his followers live.
Hundreds of Boston-area Tibetans gathered outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel yesterday to greet their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who arrived in the Hub ahead of a surprise appearance at a Tibetan Association of Boston event today.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Dalai Lama says modern education is falling short on its responsibility to teach compassion.
The 81-year-old Buddhist monk spoke Friday to a crowd of about 25,000 at the University of California, San Diego, one day before he is scheduled to give a commencement speech to graduates.
Some Chinese student organizations objected to his visit. Chinese nationals make up roughly 12 percent of the student body.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Global religious leaders contributed to an appeal launched Wednesday that calls on people to make friends with followers of different faiths in the hope that it will foster mutual understanding and ease tensions around the world.
Leaders from Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other faiths, including Pope Francis and Dalai Lama, contributed videos to the appeal that was posted online .
DANBURY — The Association of Religious Communities (ARC) is recognizing a professor who has been instrumental in making the area more compassionate and positive.
ARC will honor Christopher Kukk, the director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation and a professor of political science at Western Connecticut State University, at its spring event, Keep the Faith, on Thursday.
Ellen Gallant no longer wears the red prayer cord given to her by a monk at the Tengboche Monastery. She no longer needs it.
“I think I’ll wear this for awhile,” Gallant said, sliding her finger along a new yellow necklace.
Inside the charm holding the cord together are grains of rice blessed by the Dalai Lama, she explained. It’s a piece of Tibet she brought back to Jackson, a period to the end of a 15-year-long story.
Event planner ‘horrified’ terror assessments not routinely done in US
The bombing of a pop concert in Manchester, England, has focused attention in the U.S. to security blindspots.
PNC Arena in Raleigh, for example, will start using bomb-sniffing dogs to patrol inside and outside the venue before, during and after events.
"We just put our whole team through hostage and active-shooter training," Sally Webb Berry, founder and chief executive of The Special Events Company, said Wednesday.
Triangle Buddhists hoped for Dalai Lama visit ‘for literally decades’
The news that the Dalai Lama will come to Raleigh this October was exciting for many, but was especially significant for Buddhists in the Triangle.
The Kadampa Center in Raleigh is described as a place for spiritual growth where members practice authentic Tibetan Buddhism.
At the head of Tibetan Buddhism is the Dalai Lama, and the news of his impending visit has caused a buzz around the center.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Dalai Lama is planning to visit North Carolina's capital city as part of a U.S. tour.
Local media outlets report Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane announced on Friday that the Buddhist spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner plans to visit in mid-October. McFarlane's announcement comes less than a month after she visited the Dalai Lama in India.
The Dalai Lama, the renowned Buddhist spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, plans to visit Raleigh this fall as part of a U.S. tour, Mayor Nancy McFarlane said Friday.
No dates have been set for his October visit, which will be funded by a group of local residents, but McFarlane said the Lama will spend several days in the Triangle.
US reps, Dalai Lama take aim at China sore spot Tibet
DHARMSALA, India (AP) — As President Donald Trump appears to be warming to China, a bipartisan group from the U.S. House of Representatives took aim Wednesday at one of Beijing's sore spots: Tibet.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi accused China of using economic leverage to crush Tibetan calls for autonomy. During a meeting with Tibetans and the Dalai Lama at his main temple in the Indian hill town of Dharmsala, she urged the community not to give up.