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Gaga Just Got Banned in China

She interviewed the Dalai Lama on Sunday

(Newser) - You won't be hearing, or likely seeing, Lady Gaga in China anytime soon. After the singer met with the Dalai Lama on Sunday to talk meditation and mental health, the Communist Party's propaganda department ordered her songs banned in China, while state-controlled media were ordered to condemn the... More »

Dalai Lama Cancels US Visit

American doctors have told him he needs to rest

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama canceled his US appearances for the month of October after doctors at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic advised him to rest, his office says. The 80-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester this week for what was described as a routine check-up. "The... More »

Dalai Lama's Birthday Bash Driving Planners Nuts

What gifts and what kind of cake to make for spiritual leader are tough calls

(Newser) - He's the man who has (and wants) nothing, which is putting birthday planners in a peculiar predicament. The Dalai Lama turns 80 on Monday, and per the Wall Street Journal , it's been a task and a half to prepare for an address he's giving to about 15,... More »

Tibet to China: Give Us Back the Boy Monk You Stole

2nd-highest Buddhist spiritual leader disappeared 20 years ago at age 6

(Newser) - Twenty years ago this week, a 6-year-old Tibetan boy was cornered by Chinese authorities, then apparently fell off the face of the Earth. He wasn't just any grade-schooler, though: Gedhun Choekyi Nyima had just been declared the 11th Panchen Lama (second only to the Dalai Lama in the Buddhist... More »

China Slams Dalai Lama's Views on Reincarnation

Official disputes spiritual leader's suggestion he might not be reincarnated

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama has said he could be the last of his kind , and China's governor of Tibet doesn't take kindly to the suggestion, Reuters reports. "I think that, in fact, he is profaning religion and Tibetan Buddhism," Padma Choling says. According to Tibetan Buddhism, the... More »

Dalai Lama: I Could Be the Last One

Better to avoid the risk of a 'stupid' successor, he says

(Newser) - The current Dalai Lama says he could be the last, and it could be for the best. "The Dalai Lama institution will cease one day. These man-made institutions will cease," he told the BBC in an interview. "There is no guarantee that some stupid Dalai Lama won'... More »

Dalai Lama to Buddhists: Stop Killing Muslims

He calls for end to violence in Burma, Sri Lanka

(Newser) - If monks going on the rampage against Muslims doesn't sound very Buddhist to you, then the Dalai Lama is in agreement. At a celebration high in the Himalayas to mark his 79th birthday, the religious leader spoke out against attacks on the Muslim minorities in Burma and Sri Lanka,... More »

Dalai Lama: Medical Pot OK, But Not for 'Crazy Mind'

Lest recreational potheads get any ideas

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama still endorses meditation as the way to reach enlightenment, but has endorsed a particular herbal medication as a way to cure what ails you. Asked about his stance on marijuana while in Mexico, the Tibetan spiritual leader said smoking pot for medical reasons was OK. "But... More »

The World Reacts to Obama's Win

Netanyahu and the Dalai Lama among those sounding out

(Newser) - The world reacted to President Obama's reelection this morning with a mix of optimism, skepticism, and a healthy dose of blah, the AP reports. Among the murmurs from abroad:
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron: "One of the first things I want to talk to Barack about is how
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Scientists: The World's Happiest Man Is ...

... Matthieu Ricard, a confidant of the Dalai Lama

(Newser) - French neuroscientists have wired up a confidant of the Dalai Lama and declared him the world's happiest man—or at least the happiest one they know about, the Daily News reports. The brain scans of Matthieu Ricard, a renowned Buddhist thinker, show that his gray matter emits a quantity... More »

Did Dalai Lama Drop F-Bomb?

Brown, translator insist he said 'forget it'

(Newser) - Brown University students couldn't quite believe their ears—or eyes—when the Dalai Lama appeared to casually drop the F-bomb during a lecture yesterday. He appeared to tell thousands of students that if they didn't like his message about living a peaceful life, they could just "f***... More »

Chinese Police Raid Tibetan Monastery

5 busted after hundreds of police storm Qinghai monastery

(Newser) - The 500 Tibetan monks at a monastery in China's Qinghai province were outnumbered by heavily armed police during a massive raid Saturday, reports Radio Free Asia . The security forces arrested five monks in the raid. Two Tibetans set themselves on fire in the region earlier this year, and three... More »

2 Tibet Teens Set Selves on Fire

Monk, former monk die later in the hospital

(Newser) - Two Tibetan teenagers died last night after setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule, rights group Free Tibet tells the AP . Eighteen-year-old monk Lobsang Kalsang and 17-year-old former monk Damchoek self-immolated outside a monastery in Sichuan province; they died later in a hospital. Free Tibet says their deaths bring... More »

Dalai Lama Donates $1.5M to Charity

Wins Templeton Prize for linking science and 'compassion'

(Newser) - It's a big news day for the Dalai Lama, from the dangerous to the charitable. He will today be awarded $1.5 million for his services to human spirituality, and he's giving away all of the winnings. He'll donate some $1.45 million to India's Save... More »

Dalai Lama: China Training Women to Poison Me

Women with poisoned hair would seek his blessing, he believes

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama fears assassination by the Chinese—and being eaten by a shark after a plane crash. The revelations emerged in wide-ranging interview published yesterday in the Telegraph . Disciples have uncovered information that Chinese agents in Tibet are training Tibetan women to pose as devotees in a plot to... More »

Dalai Lama Has Eye for the Ladies

But 'I never forget I'm a monk,' he adds

(Newser) - Turns out the Dalai Lama isn't on an entirely different astral plane than lots of men. He admits a beautiful woman can turn his head. "Do you ever feel temptation when you see a woman?" Piers Morgan asks his holiness in a CNN interview. "Oh, yes, sometimes... More »

Challenge to China: Another Monk Sets Self on Fire

It's the 12th self-immolation in Tibet since March

(Newser) - The most salient detail in a Washington Post article about the rising number of self-immolations among Tibetan monks and nuns: Chinese troops in the region are now carrying fire extinguishers as part of their regular riot-control gear. It's become necessary because 12 men and women have set themselves on... More »

Apple Now Takes Chinese Currency for Apps

It welcomes the yuan, and a huge new market

(Newser) - iPhone, iPod, and iPad apps can now be paid for with Chinese yuan. Customers of more than 20 Chinese banks are now able to use the yuan to purchase apps for their Apple devices, while previously they were required to use a dual-currency credit card—an obstacle that encouraged many... More »

Tibetan Nun Sets Self on Fire, Marking 11th Incident

She reportedly called for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet

(Newser) - The number of self-immolations to occur among Tibetans in recent months can no longer be counted on two hands: A Tibetan nun died today after setting herself ablaze. It's the 11th such incident to occur in southwest China since March, and the second by a nun ; the AFP reports... More »

Tibetan Nun Sets Self Ablaze

Woman dies after 9th clergy self-immolation since March

(Newser) - A Tibetan nun protesting China's policies has died after setting herself on fire outside a nunnery in Sichuan province, the Free Tibet group says. The 20-year-old woman, who called for religious freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama, is the ninth Buddhist clergy member—and the... More »

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