Last week at BBC News, Robert Pigott reported that the Dalai Lama will give to charity the £1.1 million in Templeton prize money that he was awarded earlier this month.
Posts Tagged ‘Dalai Lama’
On April 25th, 2012, Gyaltsen Norbu, the 11th Panchen Lama, delivered a speech for the first time outside of the Chinese mainland.
In the Oct. 4 issue of The New Yorker, Evan Osnos has a fascinating piece (sub. req.) on the uncertainties surrounding the current Dalai Lama’s succession—the only contemporary geopolitical issue, he remarks, that hangs on a matter of reincarnation. In the course of the article, Osnos also delivers an excellent overview of the Dalai Lama’s fraught role as the de facto leader of the Tibetan autonomy movement.
If there is one fixed star in American understandings of religion it is that government should not be in charge of picking religious leaders. Religion should be self-governing and religious leaders should be chosen by their flocks. Any other arrangement would not be free.
When the Dalai Lama visited Washington, D.C. last week, he didn’t stop at the White House, making this the first time since 1991 that the Tibetan leader has visited the capital without meeting with a sitting U.S. president. Aware of his departure from established precedent, President Obama nonetheless made the decision to postpone meeting with the Dalai Lama until after his November summit with Chinese head of state Hu Jintao. What does Obama’s decision say about his strategy regarding the protection of human rights and the competing demands of geopolitical gamesmanship? What do the decision and the strong reactions it has provoked say about the Dalai Lama’s authority as both a religious and a political leader? How does the intrinsic duality of his position play out on the international stage? “Off the cuff” responses from Robbie Barnett, Carole McGranahan, Edward Friedman, and Cameron David Warner.