Latest Choekyi Gyaltsen Stories

2006-05-25 07:15:00

By Ben Blanchard KUMBUM MONASTERY, China -- Lit by flickering, sallow yak butter candles sits a small picture of a man despised in Beijing as leader of a splittist independence movement but admired by millions for his pacifism -- the Dalai Lama. And by Chinese law, it shouldn't be there, standing on an altar in a hall that's part of the Tibetan Buddhist Kumbum Monastery. But nobody seems to mind too much, as the monastery is not in Tibet proper, but in greater Tibet -- the remote, western...

2006-04-27 23:49:04

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China condemned exiled Tibetans and international human rights watchdogs on Friday for calling a Tibetan youth the world's youngest political prisoner, saying their aim is to push for independence for the Himalayan region. The whereabouts of Gendun Choekyi Nyima, 17, who pro-Tibet groups say has been under house arrest since the region's exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, appointed him the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995, is one of China's most keenly...

2005-08-22 07:43:36

By Lindsay Beck SHIGATSE, China (Reuters) - In the cobbled paths and ancient courtyards of Tibet's Tashilhunpo monastery, a little boy stares out of pictures wearing a yellow, cone-shaped hat that mark his sect of Buddhism. Gyaltsen Norbu has been groomed since childhood to prepare for his role as the 11th Panchen Lama, the reincarnation of the 10th and the second-most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism. But while he received politically vetted religious training under the close...

2005-08-15 07:35:00

By Lindsay Beck LHASA, China (Reuters) - "Have you ever seen the Dalai Lama?" asks a young nun in the narrow, winding streets of the Tibetan capital's old town. She keeps her eyes averted as she speaks the words that could themselves be considered subversive in Chinese-ruled Tibet. It's nearly half a century since the Dalai Lama fled after a failed uprising against Chinese communist rule, but despite being branded as a traitor by Beijing, the Tibetan god-king is not only remembered at home...

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