- Karma Samdup of Nagqu county in Tibet was reportedly arrested on Aug. 12 after authorities discovered he was keeping pictures of the 14th Dalai Lama around his neck and in his car.
- The arrest was purportedly part of the Chinese government’s Strike Hard campaign, which targets advocates of Tibet's separation from China.
- A similar incident occurred on July 11 when another young Tibetan, identified as Youdon, was arrested after being found with the Dalai Lama’s picture.
- Two monks were detained incommunicado in September 2020 and sentenced to at least three years in prison, according to reports.
A Tibetan man was reportedly arrested under China’s Strike Hard campaign after he was found in possession of pictures of the Dalai Lama around his neck and in his car.
Karma Samdup of Nagqu county in Tibet was purportedly taken by Chinese authorities on Aug. 12 after police discovered that he was keeping pictures of Tibet’s Buddhist spiritual leader, who has been living in exile in India since 1959, around his neck and in his car.
- April 25 marked the 33rd birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who remains missing 27 years after the Chinese government is believed to have kidnapped him.
- In Tibetan Buddhism, the Panchen Lama is the second highest figure of religious authority, second to only the Dalai Lama.
- As per tradition, the Dalai Lama began his search for the reincarnated Panchen Lama after the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet died in 1989. His successor was named as 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima in 1995.
- Chinese authorities rejected the Dalai Lama’s choice of successor and allegedly abducted Nyima and his family soon after.
- U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price released a statement on Nyima’s birthday criticizing the Chinese government and expressing the U.S.’ full support for “Tibetans’ religious freedom” as well as their “right to select, educate, and venerate their own leaders.”
- China has accused the U.S. of “taking advantage” of Tibet-related issues by “using religious freedom as a cover” to interfere in “China’s domestic affairs.”
- China’s alleged treatment of Tibetans has been a source of extreme backlash. Some reported incidents include China forcing thousands of Tibetans to work in labor camps and Tibetan children being banned from learning the Tibetan language both in and outside of school.
April 25 marked the 33rd birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who remains missing 27 years after the Chinese government is believed to have kidnapped him.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the Panchen Lama is the second highest figure of religious authority, second to only the Dalai Lama. As per tradition, the Dalai Lama began his search for the reincarnated Panchen Lama after the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet died in 1989. He found him in 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, whom he anointed the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995.
A Tibetan spiritual leader admitted that he was aware of sexual abuse committed by Buddhist teachers and the allegations against them in Europe since the 1990s.
During his four-day visit in the Netherlands, the 83-year-old Dalai Lama told Dutch public television NOS on Saturday that the accusations were “nothing new.”
On Sunday night’s “Last Week Tonight”, John Oliver visited Dharamsala, India, for a side-splitting and enlightening interview with the Dalai Lama, the original “woke bae” as Oliver calls him.
They discussed, among other things, the turmoil in Tibet, the Dalai Lama’s future reincarnation, and self-immolations, an act done by more than 140 Tibetans since 2009, which the 81-year-old spiritual leader described as a “difficult situation.”
President Barack Obama has once again angered the Chinese government by meeting with their arch nemesis — His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Obama met with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader at the White House residences on Wednesday morning amid protests from Beijing.
Pop artist Selena Gomez is rumored to have been banned from China and forced to cancel her shows following a meeting with one particular person that doesn’t sit well with the Chinese government.
Her concert tour dates for August in the cities of Guangzhou and Shanghai were cancelled possibly because of Gomez’s affiliation with the Dalai Lama. The Chinese government has long held a firm stance against the Tibetan spiritual leader.
The Dalai Lama has recently been on a tour in the U.K. to speak on subjects such as compassion and how being more considerate can lead to happiness. He stopped by for an interview with the BBC’s Clive Myrie, which was posted yesterday, and made a rather interesting comment about the possibility of a female Dalai Lama.
At around the 4:50 mark in the interview, Myrie asks of a potential 15th incarnation of the Dalai Lama and whether that person could be a woman.