Panchen Lama

Caution Over Possible Shift in Tibet Policy

Reports of a relaxation of anti-Dalai Lama policies in Sichuan, Qinghai and even the Tibetan Autonomous Region surfaced last week, only to be swiftly denied by both government and monastery officials. Tibetan writer Woeser added...

Tibetan Self-Immolations Continue

The recent surge in self-immolations by Tibetans protesting Beijing’s policies has continued unabated. At least 76 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009. Most recently, 25-year-old Wangchen Norbu set himself on fire in...

New Tibetan PM Vows to Continue Pressing China on Autonomy

The new Tibetan Prime Minister will assume office on Monday and Lobsang Sangay has given more indication on his position versus the Chinese government. From Voice of America: The newly-elected Tibetan prime minister-in-exile,...

China Hopes to Bolster the Credentials of a Handpicked Lama

In 1995, the Dalai Lama selected a young boy as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, the second highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. The same year, the Chinese government selected another boy for the position, and put the Dalai...

China’s Panchen Lama Visits Earthquake Zone: State Media

The man selected by Beijing to be the Panchen Lama has visited the Qinghai earthquake zone to lead prayer services for residents. From AFP: The visit by Gyaincain Norbu, chosen by Beijing as the Panchen Lama after it rejected a...

China Elevates Its Chosen Tibetan Spiritual Leader

Gyaltsen Norbu, the Beijing-appointed Panchen Lama, has been given a seat on the CPPCC, the New York Times reports: Although membership in the advisory group, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, is of nominal...

China Turns to Buddhism to Calm Tibet, Taiwan Tensions

Lucy Hornby of Reuters writes about China’s move to co-host the Second World Buddhist Forum: Communist China and Taiwan are for the first time jointly hosting a Buddhist forum at this lakeside city on Saturday, as Beijing...

The Quiet Heroes of Tibet

Howard French reposted some of the text of a New York Review of Books article from December 19, 2007: Wang Lixiong, who is one of the very few Chinese intellectuals to have met the Dalai Lama, told me that Tibetans have no faith...

China Says Tibetan Lama Too Young To Be MP

Gyaltsen Norbu, the Tibetan youth chosen by China to be the 11th Pachen Lama, or Tibet Buddhism’s second-highest ranking figure, will not become a member of this year’s parliament, as previously reported, because he...



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