Penpa Tsering, the new president-elect of the Central Tibetan Administration, said his first priority is to build trust. The election comes at a critical time for the Tibetan diaspora, as China tightens its grip on the region.
China is pushing growing numbers of Tibetan rural laborers off the land and into recently built military-style training centers where they are turned into factory workers, mirroring a program in the western Xinjiang region that rights groups have branded coercive labor.
The Trump administration has taken aim at Chinese cultural programs called Confucius Institutes housed within US universities. Administrators are caught in the middle, and some say academic freedom is at risk.
After death comes for a rinpoche — a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, imbued with supernatural powers — he or she may choose to reincarnate as an infant. Such was the extraordinary fate of a child named Padma Angdu, identified as a rinpoche in 2010. He was only 6 years old. A new documentary follows him as he grows into his destiny.
Comic artists in Taiwan and Hong Kong started a Facebook page, the Blonde Dalai Lama, after the Tibetan Buddhist leader's comments that he may be reincarnated as an attractive, “mischievous blonde woman.”
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