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The politics of Tibetan self-immolations updated: Thu Aug 16 2012 06:14:00

Consider this. On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire and started a dramatic remaking of the political landscape. The striking of a match brought change not only in Tunisia, but also in Egypt and Libya, and even what is happening in Syria.

Fire ravages Buddhist temple in Coloradoupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 17:06:00

A raging fire destroyed a Buddhist temple in a Denver suburb early Monday, CNN affiliate KCNC reports.

Museum exhibit highlights Pakistan's Buddhist rootsupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 04:43:00

A statue resembling the goddess Athena and jewelry bearing images from Greco-Roman mythology may not be objects you'd expect to see in a museum exhibit of Buddhist art from Pakistan.

An act of faith, desperation or protest: Self-immolations through timeupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 13:32:00

Night had fallen when the men heard the sounds on the mountain. First it was a chime, then a recitation of verses, followed by the crackle of wood burning. They scrambled to the summit to see what was happening.

Finding refuge in Buddhismupdated: Sun Aug 22 2010 11:50:00

My journey of faith began at age 11 when I began to study the Bible, inspired by Audrey Hepburn in "The Nun's Story" and enamored of Jeffrey Hunter in "King of Kings."

Tiger Woods' apology brings new attention to Buddhismupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 11:13:00

When Tiger Woods invoked his religious faith during his public apology on Friday, he readily acknowledged that a lot of people would be surprised.

'I had affairs, I cheated'updated: Mon Feb 22 2010 11:13:00

Woods' most poignant remarks from his apology to his wife, family and fans.

Hip hop monks in Japanupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 22:50:00

Buddhist monks in Japan turn to hip hop music and bars to lure in new followers. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Japanese monks serve up alcohol and hip hop music to lure in followersupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 22:50:00

The Buddhist religion has largely remained the same over the past few centuries, but a group of monks in Japan are spicing things up by turning to alcohol and rap music to lure in followers.

Buddhist monks use hip hop, alcohol to attract followersupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 23:56:00

Outside the 400-year-old Kyoouji Temple, Kansho Tagai, dressed in his traditional monk robes, paused and began a sutra. He bobbed his head and then broke into a lyrical rap.

Prison inmates go Zen to deal with lifeupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 11:17:00

In his darkest moment, Kenneth Brown lost it all. His wife and kids, the housebroken dog, the vacation home on Cape Cod all vanished when he was sent to prison for an arson in 1996.

'The Dhamma Brothers'updated: Fri Oct 09 2009 08:46:00

Preview a documentary about inmates that are learning to meditate.

Prison inmates go Zen to deal with life behind barsupdated: Fri Oct 09 2009 08:46:00

In his darkest moment, Kenneth Brown lost it all. His wife and kids, the housebroken dog, the vacation home on Cape Cod all vanished when he was sent to prison for an arson in 1996.

Dalai Lama: China makes life 'hell on Earth' for Tibetansupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 07:24:00

The Chinese government has made life "hell on Earth" for Tibetans during the half-century since a failed uprising against its rule in 1959, the Dalai Lama said Tuesday.

UK protesters mark anniversary of Tibetan uprisingupdated: Sun Mar 08 2009 06:41:00

Protesters draped themselves in the colorful flag of Tibet and shouted slogans at the Chinese embassy in London on Saturday at the start of a demonstration to mark the 50th anniversary since the Tibetan uprising against China.

Date for Tibetan 'Serfs Emancipation Day' setupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 03:32:00

Lawmakers in Tibet have approved March 28 as a day to mark the freeing of serfs in the troubled region, a move that a Dalai Lama representative said Tuesday did not address problems facing the area "realistically and seriously."

Tibetan autonomyupdated: Tue Jan 20 2009 03:32:00

Tibetan exile leaders meet in India to discuss future movements to win autonomy from China. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

59 arrested in Tibet for 'spreading of rumors'updated: Thu Dec 25 2008 21:09:00

Chinese authorities have arrested 59 people in Tibet accused of spreading rumors and inciting sentiment against the state and public safety, state-run media reported.

Tibet exiles back Dalai Lama's approachupdated: Sat Nov 22 2008 10:22:00

Tibetan exile leaders, meeting in northern India to debate a potential new approach to Tibet's decades-long struggle for autonomy, have voted to stay with the Dalai Lama's current "middle way approach," according to a spokesman for the spiritual leader. Dalai Lama to Stay Quiet on Tibet's Futureupdated: Mon Nov 03 2008 06:10:00

After a Oct. 25 announcement that he had "given up," the Dalai Lama reiterated this weekend that he is losing faith in talks with the Chinese government over Tibet's future The Dalai Lama updated: Thu Oct 30 2008 01:00:00

Tibet's spiritual leader has said he's going to stop trying to negotiate with Beijing to win Tibet's autonomy. A look back at his singular life Aide: Dalai Lama's Surgery Ends Successfullyupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 03:00:00

The Dalai Lama's spokesman says surgery on the Tibetan spiritual leader to remove a gallstone has ended successfully. Dalai Lama to Undergo Gallstone Surgeryupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 01:00:00

The Dalai Lama will undergo surgery to remove a gallstone, a spokesman for the Tibetan spiritual leader said Friday.

Exhausted Dalai Lama cancels world tripsupdated: Wed Aug 27 2008 11:34:00

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader is suffering from exhaustion and has canceled his international trips for the next three weeks, according to his Web site.

Behind the Scenes: Amanpour 'transfixed' by Dalai Lamaupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 18:53:00

I never knew much about Buddhism, and was not expecting much, spiritually, from covering the Dalai Lama. But what happened just goes to show how the unlikeliest events can affect you at the unlikeliest times.

Buddha's Warriors: The splitupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 18:53:00

Christiane Amanpour investigates a split between the Dalai Lama and some of his followers over dealing with China.

Dalai Lama challenged by new generation of Buddhist activistsupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 16:39:00

Gedun Gyatso, a 27-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk, is so devoted to the Dalai Lama that when he was in prison, he placed a picture of him next to his pillow in open defiance of his jailers. The gesture earned Gyatso another month of incarceration on top of the three years he had served for his political activity. The Dalai Lama's Buddhist Foesupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 22:00:00

What lies behind a rowdy encounter in New York City between devotees of a ferocious Himalayan deity and the followers of Tibet's spiritual leader? India's New Buddhistsupdated: Tue Jul 15 2008 02:00:00

The religion that began in India 2,500 years ago is finding new adherents among the country's stressed-out urban Élite

Xinhua: Buddhist monks arrested in Tibetupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 03:24:00

Police in Tibet have arrested 16 Buddhist monks and are seeking three more for their alleged involvement in one bombing and two attempted bombings, authorities in Tibet told state-run media.

Dalai dilemma for West's leadersupdated: Fri May 23 2008 11:48:00

To the affectionate crowds that greet him around the world the Dalai Lama, the exiled leader of Tibet's Buddhists, is a revered campaigner for human rights, peace and religious understanding. The World's Next Top Lamaupdated: Thu May 15 2008 23:45:00

A twentysomething may one day become the chief representative of the aspirations of Tibetan Buddhists. And he may be spending more time in America

Dalai Lama's envoys begin talks with Chinaupdated: Sun May 04 2008 03:25:00

Envoys for the Dalai Lama began a series of meetings Sunday with Chinese leaders, the first time the two sides have come together since violence broke out in the Tibetan regions of China in March.

Violent protests in Nepalupdated: Sun May 04 2008 03:25:00

Authorities detained more than 100 Tibetans protesting in Nepal's capital over China's crackdown in Tibet.

Envoys for China, Dalai Lama to meet Sunday updated: Sun May 04 2008 01:32:00

Envoys for the Dalai Lama and Chinese leaders are to meet for talks Sunday, a spokesman for the spiritual leader said Saturday.

Dalai Lama on Olympic Gamesupdated: Thu Apr 10 2008 09:18:00

The Dalai Lama says he supports China in hosting the Olympic Games.

Tibetan protesters arrestedupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 14:35:00

Nepali police break up protests by exiled Tibetans in front of the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu.

China: Tibetans planning suicide bombsupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 20:21:00

A Chinese official accused "Tibetan independence forces" Tuesday of planning suicide attacks, an allegation that the Tibetan government-in-exile immediately denied.

Dalai Lama pleads for peaceful dialogue on Tibetupdated: Sat Mar 29 2008 04:53:00

The Dalai Lama Friday rejected a series of allegations from the Chinese government, saying he does not seek the separation of Tibet and has no desire to "sabotage" the Olympic games.

Monks sing for peaceupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 22:22:00

Monks and peace activists take part in a peace march in Dharmsala, India in protest of the Chinese government crackdown.

Pro-Tibet demonstrationsupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 22:15:00

Emotions run high as monks arrested in pro-Tibet demo in Nepal.

Monks protest upstages China's PR tourupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 22:15:00

China's carefully managed international media tour of Tibet's capital ran into a public-relations roadblock Thursday -- a protest by screaming Buddhist monks at a holy shrine. A Monk's Struggleupdated: Wed Mar 19 2008 19:00:00

As China cracks down in Tibet, the Dalai Lama faces his greatest challenge since going into exile 49 years ago. Can his message of peace bring his people freedom?

Free Tibet parties meet Dalai Lamaupdated: Wed Mar 19 2008 06:28:00

Tibetan Youth Congress president Tsewang Rigzin and other "Free Tibet" party representatives met with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on Tuesday morning, representatives from both sides said.

Dalai Lama plans leader referendumupdated: Tue Nov 27 2007 06:55:00

The Dalai Lama said Tuesday the Tibetan people will hold a referendum before he dies to decide whether a new system of leadership is necessary for the Himalayan people. The Dalai Lama's Succession Rethink updated: Wed Nov 21 2007 09:00:00

As China steps up its efforts to quash Tibet's autonomy movement, the spiritual leader says he may reconsider the centuries-old rules for choosing his successor

Dalai Lama honor stokes U.S.-Chinese tensionsupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 01:20:00

Expressing hope that the future of Tibet and China will move beyond mistrust, the Dalai Lama accepted the Congressional Gold Medal from President Bush Wednesday during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

Gere on Tibet, Chinaupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 01:20:00

Actor Richard Gere visited Wolf Blitzer in The Situation Room to discuss the Dalai Lama and China.

China demands redress for Dalai Lama honorupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 22:39:00

China warned the United States on Thursday that its honoring of the Dalai Lama "gravely undermined" relations between the two countries, demanding Washington stop supporting the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and take steps to repair ties, The Associated Press reported. Does the Dalai Lama Still Matter? updated: Mon Oct 15 2007 14:00:00

As Bush prepares to honor him, China's continuing obsession with the Tibetan spiritual leader reveals a grudging respect Burma's Monks: 'Already a Success' updated: Fri Oct 12 2007 12:00:00

A renowned Buddhist leader -- once opposed to the Vietnam War -- talks to TIME about the embattled monks of Burma Where Are Burma's Monks?updated: Fri Oct 12 2007 11:00:00

Residents say many of the clerics who led Rangoon's protests remain imprisoned while others have fled the city

Tibetans storm Chinese embassyupdated: Wed Oct 10 2007 23:24:00

Clashes at the Chinese embassy in India during protests against religious controls in Tibet.

Monks defy ban on protestsupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 05:12:00

Aung Zaw of Irrawaddy Magazine joins CNN to discuss growing tensions in Myanmar

Vacationing in Myanmarupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 23:41:00

I-Reporter Benjamin Valk was on vacation in Myanmar when he shot this video of protesters marching in Yangon.

Fortune: How to succeed in business: Meditateupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 21:05:00

The crowd of Harvard Business School alums who gathered at their reunion to hear networking expert Keith Ferrazzi speak earlier this summer might have expected to pick up strategies on how to work a room, remember people's names, or identify mentors. But tactical skills, it turns out, aren't what turned Ferrazzi into a bestselling author or sought-after speaker.

Inner peace in the inner cityupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 05:41:00

Retreats are often a cornerstone of spiritual life. They are a chance for reflection, to withdraw from everyday life and circumstances and think about the things that really matter. Usually retreats take place in a picturesque part of the countryside when the cares of work and the city are left behind.

Meditation: The key to calmupdated: Mon Jun 11 2007 11:24:00

It is Wednesday night after work and after a hellish Tube journey I am at the London Buddhist Center for an evening of meditation.

Taliban-destroyed Buddhas may never be restoredupdated: Thu May 10 2007 11:07:00

At the foot of cliffs in central Afghanistan, about 5,000 fragments of what were once among the world's great artistic and religious treasures, the Buddhas of Bamiyan, sit in rudimentary shelters.

The Quest for spiritualityupdated: Mon Mar 20 2006 07:41:00

(CNN) -- As we enter the new millennium, many of us find our homes filled with machines that fulfil our every desire. In a matter of hours we can fly just about anywhere and, with the Internet, we can access the sum total of human knowledge.

Sri Lankan PM wins electionupdated: Fri Nov 18 2005 03:34:00

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, who has taken a hard line with Tamil Tiger rebels in the past, has won the race to become the island nation's fifth president.

Study: Meditation may boost brain activityupdated: Wed Nov 16 2005 13:28:00

Regular meditation has been touted as a stress reducer for years, but a recent study says practitioners benefit from a brain boost as well.

Immersing himself in a city of sinupdated: Thu Jun 09 2005 10:16:00

In his monologue "Swimming to Cambodia," the late Spalding Gray described an American expatriate gone native in "Thailand, the Pure Land."

Laos PM prays for ASEAN successupdated: Sat Nov 27 2004 02:00:00

The prime minister of Laos led tens of thousands of compatriots in a Buddhist holiday ceremony at a golden-spired temple Saturday, praying for the success of an Asian summit with a VIP guest list never before seen in the reclusive communist country.

Buddhist plea for help in Thailandupdated: Sun Nov 07 2004 21:51:00

Buddhists in Thailand have implored Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to end violence targeting them on an almost daily basis in the south of the country.

Thai monks slashed to deathupdated: Sat Jan 24 2004 01:32:00

Two Buddhist monks have been slashed to death in separate roadside attacks in southern Thailand, two days after a similar attack which police blamed on Muslim extremists.

FSB: The Fresh Prince Of Software A second home in Hawaii, friendships with Colin Powell and Deepak Chopra, holiday updated: Sat Mar 01 2003 00:01:00

Buy a ticket to the Tibet House benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, and you'll find Marc Benioff next to David Bowie and Uma Thurman. Attend a lecture by the Dalai Lama and there's Benioff...

Fortune: God & Business Bringing spirituality into the workplace violates the old idea that faith and fortune don't updated: Mon Jul 09 2001 00:01:00

Three dozen middle-aged rebels in business suits are gathered for lunch in a conference room on the top floor of the LaSalle Bank building in Chicago. They have come for sandwiches, and for spiritu...

Fortune: Buddhist to Businesses: Don't Ignore Tibet's Exiled Leadersupdated: Mon Sep 04 2000 00:01:00

The Dalai Lama--spiritual leader of Tibet, head of its government in exile, and worldwide subject of veneration--has a few gentle words for business. For years he has written and spoken about perso...

Fortune: Al Gore's Clinton Moment His protests of innocence about the Buddhist temple fundraiser look very squishy.updated: Mon Feb 07 2000 00:01:00

Vice President Al Gore's visit to a Buddhist temple near Los Angeles in 1996 is the very symbol of campaign-finance chicanery, particularly illegal contributions from Asia. Gore tried to distance h...


A few weeks ago I was watching television, attempting to fill the aching spiritual void between dinner and the end of the millennium. I was watching the news, because nothing fills an aching void a...

Money Magazine: HOW I FOUND SHANGRI-LAupdated: Mon Sep 01 1997 00:01:00

We had hiked all day and were nursing our feet beside the fire as our tents and sleeping bags beckoned. But who could close her eyes when the mighty Himalayas soared just across the valley? When ou...

Fortune: In defense of foul deeds, Rockefeller and the wolf, sex differences in Iraq, and other matters. CUDDLING UP TO MOTHER EARTHupdated: Mon Jul 29 1991 00:01:00

There was a moment, about halfway through the recent Bill Moyers special on religion and the environment, when the whole loony enterprise seemed close to dissolving in the ether. This was the point...

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