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Is the Dalai Lama Retiring?

The Huffington Post
Is the Dalai Lama Retiring?
by Matteo Pistono Monday, March 15, 2011

To understand the Dalai Lama's statement yesterday about devolving his political authority to a democratically elected leader, one must keep in mind what the Tibetan leader calls his three commitments. First, as a human being, the Dalai Lama is committed to the promotion of basic human values of compassion and tolerance; secondly, as a Buddhist leader, he works to promote understanding among the major religious traditions; and, thirdly, as the holder of the title "Dalai Lama" which is traditionally the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetans, he is committed to resolving the Tibet issue with China.  Read More 
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Why I Went Public About Smuggling News of Brutal Crackdowns Out of China

The Huffington Post
Why I Went Public About Smuggling News of Brutal Crackdowns Out of China
by Matteo Pistono Monday, March 14, 2011


Today is the anniversary of the 19th century Tibetan mystic named Tertön Sogyal. Tertön Sogyal was a meditation teacher to the 13th Dalai Lama, the predecessor to the current Dalai Lama. In the late 1990s, I began a ten-year pilgrimage to Tibet in Tertön Sogyal's footsteps. I was drawn to this mystic's life because he, like the Dalai Lama today, was a master at integrating his social activism with spiritual practice, never losing the pure motivation that holds others' well-being as the priority. Read More 
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