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Dalai Lama Says China Cannot Decide His Successor

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said it is up to the Tibetan people to decide whether the institution of the Dalai Lama will continue and that China cannot decide on his successor. He said he will organize a conference to discuss the issue of the next Dalai Lama before the end of this year. The Buddhist monk spoke Saturday at a news conference during a visit to the northeast Indian town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh state, which borders China. His weeklong visit has sparked anger in Beijing, which claims a chunk of the remote Himalayan state. Question of successor The question of who will replace the 81-year-old spiritual leader has gained prominence with Beijing having asserted that its communist leaders have the right to approve the next Dalai Lama as a legacy inherited from China’s emperors. But the Dalai Lama said Chinese officials have no role in identifying his successor because they are atheists and do not believe in the concept of religion. “That’s fran…
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Dalai Lama’s Journey Provokes China, and Hints at His Heir

NEW DELHI — It has been a hard journey for the 81-year-old Dalai Lama, perhaps his last over the mountain passes at the edge of China, to a town that has played a fateful role in his life, and in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. Violent rains buffeted the small plane he flew into the valley. His party was forced to continue overland, traveling seven or eight hours a day over steep serpentine roads, lined with villagers hoping to glimpse him. Each day, as he came closer to the holy site of Tawang, China pressed India more forcefully to stop his progress, its warnings growing increasingly ominous. By Thursday, a day before the Dalai Lama was expected to reach Tawang, the official China Daily wrote that Beijing “would not hesitate to answer blows with blows” if the Indian authorities allowed the Dalai Lama to continue. Continue reading the main story Advertisement Continue reading the main story At stake on this journey, scholars said, is the monumental question of who will emerge as the …

KFC prepares to open first outlet in Tibet

KFC is expected to open its first restaurant in Tibet next year, as part of a regional push that will see it expand in China and shake off food scares and marketing blunders that have severely dented sales in that country. The move comes as Yum – which owns the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands –prepares to spin off its business in China. The China unit aims to roughly triple its restaurant count to 20,000 and bring in more franchise partners.A franchisee will open the KFC restaurant in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, offering its American-style fried chicken in the first half of 2016, parent company Yum Brands Inc said in a statement. Yum has been trying to win back customers after negative publicity stemming from food supply controversies. In 2014, a supplier to both Yum and McDonald’s apologised for selling expired meat to the chains. It was one of a series of food scandals that appear to have affected sales. KFC pulled its plans to set up shop in Tibet more than a decade ago, sayin…

Chinese paper claims Pelosi ‘praised’ progress in Tibet on rare visit. That seems unlikely.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and delegation of congressional Democrats made a rare visit to Tibet this week. We know this because a senior Chinese official, Zhang Dejiang, the head of China's legislature, askedher about it at a meeting in Beijing on Thursday, just before reporters were ushered away. Both the Chinese foreign ministry and a representative for Pelosi (D-Calif.) later confirmed the visit, but provided scant details about the delegation's travels in a part of China mostly closed to foreign journalists. "The only thing we have been confirming is that they were in Lhasa from Monday through Wednesday. We have not offered any characterization of the trip whatsoever," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammil told Reuters in a piece published Thursday. source Credit: The Washington Post

Tibetan Diaspora in Exile Election

EDITORIAL: Eversince the voluntary devolution of political authority by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the democratic process of electing " Sikyong" or the Chief Executive of the Kashag, the Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala, India had been vibrant and more participatory in the process.
Last election five years ago have witnessed the robust and energetic participation of the candidates seeking the prize position and people's involvement in the electoral process through social medias.
The ball was set rolling for the next election of the Sikyong and the "Chitues" members of Assembly{legislative branch) recently. The preliminary election will be held in October, this year and the final election will be held on March 2016.

The prospective candidates will campaign hard through various means available including personal appearances and through various social medias.

To maintain the clean and controversy free dispensation of campaign and electoral process, bo…

China refuses to hand over Tibetan lama's body

BEIJING -- Chinese authorities have refused to release the body of a Tibetan lama who died in a Chinese prison, prompting a sit-in outside the prison by more than 100 Tibetans, a pro-Tibet rights group said Wednesday. The family was informed Sunday that Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, died 13 years into a life sentence on charges of financing and supporting a series of terrorist bombings and secession activities. His supporters say the charges were trumped up to persecute the man. The prison has not produced the lama's body after two days of negotiations between the police and the monk's immediate family, the New York-based Students for a Free Tibet said Wednesday in a statement. The family wants to perform Tibetan Buddhist funeral rites on the body. "Our only request is to have his body," said Dolkar, the monk's sister, who was in Dazhu county in southwestern Sichuan province, which borders the Tibetan region. Like many Tibetans, she goes by one name. She said the fa…

Tibet’s tough road ahead

The 80th birthday Monday of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, is an occasion to celebrate the life of an extraordinary individual. Since his flight from Tibet to India in 1959, the Dalai Lama has built religious, educational and political institutions to serve and unite the Tibetan community in exile. He has travelled the world to promote the Tibetan cause and expound the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. And he has formulated a conciliatory “Middle Way Approach” to resolving the Sino-Tibetan conflict that respects China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity even as it seeks to preserve Tibet’s culture, religion and identity. These accomplishments, and the Dalai Lama’s infectious laugh and warmth, explain why he is such a beloved and respected figure throughout the world. As joyful as the occasion of his 80th birthday is, however, it comes at a grim time for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan freedom movement. The Chinese government has broken off negotiations on Tibet’s status, ac…