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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'...

Ancient Canyon Found Buried Deep in Tibet

Geologists say it appears to have formed in an unusual way

(Newser) - A very old and very deep canyon lies alongside the Yarlung Tsangpo River in southern Tibet, near the eastern end of the Himalayas, and its recent discovery is prompting geologists to rethink a popular model currently used to explain how the gorges of the Himalayas came to form so quickly...

How Did Humans Conquer 'Roof of the World'? Barley

Ancient, hardy seeds turn up in Tibet 3.6K years ago

(Newser) - Scientists know that humans were kicking around the lower altitudes of the Tibetan Peninsula around 10,000 years ago. Permanent settlements, however, didn't show up in the harsh higher altitudes until 3,600 years ago. What happened that allowed ancient settlers to survive in a region nicknamed the "...

China to Obama: Don't Meet Dalai Lama

Move will 'gravely damage' relations, Beijing warns

(Newser) - China has warned President Obama that he will inflict "grave damages upon the China-US relationship" if he meets with the Dalai Lama today as planned. The White House says the president will meet the Tibetan spiritual leader as a show of concern for human rights in China—a move...

4 Die in Everest Avalanche
 4 Die in Everest Avalanche 

4 Die in Everest Avalanche

1 Australian, 3 Tibetans killed

(Newser) - An Australian tourist and three Tibetans have died in an avalanche on Mount Everest, state media reported today. A local tourist agency organized a trip for four tourists to an off-limits area on Sunday evening, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The group of 10, which included three herders who...

Self-Immolation Failing, Tibetans Turn to New Protest

Lhakar emphasizes all things Tibetan

(Newser) - Since 2009, 112 Tibetans have died by setting themselves on fire to protest for the independence of Tibet from China. But increasingly Tibetans, both those in exile and those in China, are turning away from grisly self-immolation and instead are protesting through "Lhakar," as assertion of Tibetan identity...

83 Miners Buried in Tibet Landslide

Only one body has been found so far

(Newser) - Rescuers digging for victims of a massive landslide at a gold mining site in mountainous Tibet found one body this morning, a day after 83 workers were buried in the disaster, Chinese state media reported. The fate of the other victims was unknown. The workers were buried when about 2....

China Slams US Comments on Tibet
China Slams
US Comments
on Tibet

China Slams US Comments on Tibet

Says it's 'disgusting' to blame Beijing for self-immolations

(Newser) - A Chinese Foreign Ministry official responded angrily to a US diplomat's comments about human rights in Tibet, calling them "disgusting" and filing a diplomatic protest in Washington, reports Reuters . The spokesman said the problem of self-immolating protesters had nothing to do with human rights and was only "...

7 Tibetans Set Selves on Fire This Week

Protests against China's rule escalate

(Newser) - Two Tibetan cousins set fire to themselves in their village to protest Chinese rule, bringing the total number of self-immolations this week to seven, a rights group said today. Free Tibet said cousins Tsepo, 20, and Tenzin, 25, called for independence for Tibet as they set themselves ablaze Thursday in...

Did Dalai Lama Drop F-Bomb?
 Did Dalai Lama 
 Drop F-Bomb? 

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***...

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...

Brutal Everest Fight May Inflame China and Tibet

Chinese hiker beaten 'down the ropes' by Tibetans

(Newser) - A brutal encounter between hikers on Mount Everest could threaten the uneasy relations between China and Tibet, Outside Online reports. Last month, Tibetan graduates of a mountaineering school, working as rope fixers for expeditions, noticed a Chinese man by himself on Tibert's North Col route and concluded he had...

China Closes Tibet to Foreigners

Move follows self-immolations in Lhasa

(Newser) - Tibet is once again a forbidden zone for foreign tourists. Travel agents say Chinese authorities have told them that foreign tourists are no longer being allowed into the region, and it's not clear how long the ban will last, reports MSNBC . The ban comes at the start of Saga...

2 Tibetans Set Selves on Fire in Capital

Anti-China protests are a first in busy Lhasa

(Newser) - Tibet has seen at least 34 self-immolations since March of last year—but two incidents yesterday were the first to occur in the region's capital. Two men set themselves on fire in a busy area of Lhasa in a protest against Chinese rule; police put out the flames within...

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...

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...

China's Tibet Leader Makes Rare Speech

Panchen Lama not recognized by Tibet

(Newser) - Tibetan Buddhism's second-highest leader—selected by China but not recognized by the Dalai Lama's supporters—spoke today in Hong Kong, appearing for the first time outside the Chinese mainland. The 22-year-old Gyaltsen Norbu, picked by China at age 6, offered thoughts on Buddhist philosophy as China works to...

Tibet's New Hero: Man Who Set Self on Fire in India

Unlike self-immolations in China, Jamphel Yeshi's action was well documented

(Newser) - At least 29 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in various Tibetan regions of China in the last year—but a man who self-immolated in India on Monday and died today is being seen as the new face of the cause. That's because images of Jamphel Yeshi's flaming...

Tibet Nun, 18, Sets Self Ablaze
 Tibet Nun, 18, Sets Self Ablaze 

Tibet Nun, 18, Sets Self Ablaze

Free Tibet says teen died from injuries as tension escalates

(Newser) - An 18-year-old Tibetan nun has set herself on fire in western China in the latest such protest against Beijing's handling of the vast ethnic Tibetan regions it rules, an overseas activist group said today. Free Tibet said in a statement that the nun had died after setting herself ablaze...

Restive Tibet on Lockdown
 Restive Tibet on Lockdown 

Restive Tibet on Lockdown

Phone, Internet cut after violent unrest

(Newser) - Following a series of violent clashes in Ganzi, China appears to have put Tibet on lockdown. Phone and Internet have been cut, and military and police are pouring into the region to restrict movement. The west of Sichuan province, which borders Tibet and has a large population of ethnic Tibetans,...

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