Dalai Lama congratulates Modi

Dalai-LamaDharamsala, May 17 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Saturday congratulated BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for his party's decisive victory in the Lok Sabha election.

The Nobel Peace Laureate in a letter to Modi said India was the world's largest democratic nation and the most stable in South Asia with a tradition of "ahimsa" (non-violence).

He said he took pride in citing India as a living example of unity in diversity, an ancient country in which all the major religions of the world flourish and from which other countries could learn.

Rahul Gandhi to address rally in Dharamsala today

rahul gandhiDharamsala, Mar 20 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will today address an election rally in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala town in an attempt to garner people's support ahead of the upcoming general elections .

Gandhi was earlier scheduled to address the rally on March 8 but later it was postponed.

On Wednesday, Gandhi appreciated the talented youth of Manipur who have brought laurels from national and international arenas at various sports events.

Dalai Lama sorry he missed meeting Mandela in 2011

Dalai-LamaDharamsala, Dec 6 : Two years ago, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama called off a trip to South Africa as it was "inconvenient" for that country's government to grant him a visa and missed a chance to meet Nelson Mandela again.

After cancelling his trip in October 2011, the Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, had said: "I am very sad and very much (hoped) to see Nelson Mandela, who is now very old. So now I doubt whether I can have another occasion to meet him."

An aide of the Dalai Lama said Friday: "His Holiness' desire to meet former president Nelson Mandela remained unfulfilled."

Dalai Lama wishes Bush after surgery

Dalai-LamaDharamsala, Aug 8 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Thursday expressed happiness over the successful heart surgery of former US president George W. Bush and wished him swift recovery.

The Nobel Peace laureate wrote a letter to Bush, 67, after his Tuesday's surgery.

"His Holiness Dalai Lama wrote the letter from Leh (in Jammu and Kashmir) where he is on a three-week visit," the spiritual leader's office here said. (IANS)

Desperation behind self-immolations in Tibet: Dalai Lama

dalai-lamaDharamsala, April 11 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has described the people in his homeland as his "boss" and said they were setting themselves afire owing to the desperate situation there.

"For years, I have considered myself a free spokesperson for the people of Tibet, but those people are my boss. Those who are pursuing this course of action are doing so not because they are drunk or beset by family problems but because of the desperate situation in which they find themselves," said the Nobel Peace laureate in Bolzano, Italy, Wednesday.

Suspend festivities of Tibetan New Year and pray for self-immolators: Sangay

Suspend festivities of Tibetan New Year and pray for self-immolators: Sangay Dharamsala, Jan 25 : Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay has called on his compatriots to suspend festivities of the Tibetan New Year, Losar, and pray for those who have immolated themselves to protest against Chinese rule.

Nearly 100 Tibetans, including monks, nuns and high school students, have burned themselves to death in public over the past two years. Increased Chinese security deployments across the Tibetan plateau have done little to halt the series of self-immolations.

Tibetans-in-exile express solidarity with self-immolated martyrs

Tibetans-in-exile express solidarity with self-immolated martyrs Dharamsala, Jan 24 : Tibetans-in-exile living in Dharamsala prayed for their compatriots, who immolated themselves to protest against the repressive Chinese rule in Tibet.

Tibetan PM-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, locals and tourists offered prayers on Wednesday in remembrance of a young Tibetan Kunchok Kyab, who self immolated inside Tibet. The 26-year-old Tibetan burnt himself in eastern Tibet's Amdo region and died on the spot.

Exiled Tibetans blame china for self-immolations in their homeland

Exiled Tibetans blame china for self-immolations in their homeland Dharamsala, Jan 21 : Exiled Tibetans living in Dharamsala have slammed Beijing over its repressive policies that has compelled 95 of their brothers and sisters back home to resort to self-immolation over constant violation of their human rights.

Recently, a 22-year-old Tibetan man set himself on fire on in Sangchu region of Kanlho in eastern Tibet leaving behind his family.

Dalai Lama says will take decision on reincarnation when he is 90

 Dalai Lama says will take decision on reincarnation when he is 90Dharamsala, Sep. 26 : Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has said that he will decide when he is "about 90" whether or not he should be reincarnated, and added that China should have no say in the matter.

The Dalai Lama made the statement on Saturday in a 4200-word document issued after a gathering of leaders of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamshala.

Karmapa prays for quake affected people

Karmapa prays for quake affected peopleDharamsala, Sep 20 : The 17th Karmapa, the only major Tibetan monk reincarnate recognised by both the Dalai Lama and China, Tuesday expressed grief over the deaths in the earthquake that hit India and Nepal and also affected parts of Tibet.

"I am extremely saddened to hear about the loss of human life and the severe destruction caused by the recent earthquake in Sikkim and other parts of north and east of India and Nepal," the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, said in a statement here.

Heavy rains damage roads, stalls traffic in Dharamsala

Heavy rains damage roads, stalls traffic in DharamsalaDharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), Sep. 10 : A heavy and continuous downpour has damaged roads in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh state and left its residents stranded. Normal life too has been severely disrupted by the inclement weather.

Due to roads being damaged, traffic movement was stalled and commuters faced great difficulty in traveling in the area and to other towns and cities. Some of the roads have caved in and the debris has fallen into the valley below.

Karmapa monastery raid

The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s monastery has been raided by Himachal Pradesh police. During investigation, Himachal Pradesh government found benami (proxy) land deals by the trust headed by Karmapa. They also detained some foreign currency from the Karmapa’s Gyuto Monastery at Sidhbari near Dharamsala.

As a result of this raid the government has frozen all the bank accounts of the trust. The trust reportedly has four accounts with different banks in Kangra district. Police has raided the monastery and interrogated Karmapa regarding the important documents obtained from his aides about recent financial transactions.

Nirupama Rao concludes Dharamsala visit

Nirupama RaoDharamsala, July 11 : Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao Sunday flew back to Delhi after holding talks with the Dalai Lama here, an official said. There was no indication of the nature of the talks or its timing.

"Rao and the official (Gautam Bambawale, joint secretary, East Asia, in the external affairs ministry) accompanying her went back to Delhi," Superintendent of Police Atul Fulzele told IANS.

Rao met the Dalai Lama as well as other high-ranking officials of the Tibetan government-in-exile, including prime minister Samdhong Rinpoche, here Saturday afternoon.

Exiled Tibetans condemn ban on religious event in monastery

Exiled Tibetans condemn ban on religious event in monastery Dharamsala, Jan 6 : Exiled Tibetans Wednesday condemned the Chinese authorities for imposing a ban on a religious event at a Tibet monastery.

"The standing committee of the parliament-in-exile has condemned the Chinese authorities for imposing ban on an annual religious event at the Gyalrong Tsodhun Monastery at Amdo in Tibet," said an official statement here.

Himachal engineer set free by pirates, reaches home

Maps-Himachal-PradeshDharamsala, Jan 4 : An Indian engineer from Himachal Pradesh, who was held in captivity in a Singaporean ship by Somali pirates for 73 days, Monday reached his home near here, his family members said.

Raghubir Singh Pathania reached Fatehpur village after being set free from 73-day captivity by the Somali pirates, his father Pritam Singh told reporters.

He said Pathania was in perfect health and his Singapore-based shipping company, Pacific International Ltd. (PIL), helped rescuing him and other hostages by paying ransom.

Tibetan Prime Minister hopes for better relations with China in 2010

Tibetan Prime Minister hopes for better relations with China in 2010Dharamsala, Jan 2 : An optimistic Tibetan Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche said on Friday that there would be some progress in the dialogue process with China in the New Year.

"Dialogue process might take some new shape in next year, 2010, and I would not say that I have much expectations but I would say we have hope that some improvement will come in the process of dialogue," he said.

Earlier, Rinpoche had describing the dialogues process with Chinese leadership as "frustrating and difficult".

Dalai Lama in Gujarat for discourse

Dalai LamaDharamsala, Jan 1 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Friday began a nine-day visit to Gujarat and Bodh Gaya for delivering discourses and giving teachings.

"The Dalai Lama will deliver a discourse at Palitana near Bhavnagar in Gujarat Jan 3," according to a post on the website of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

"After that he will reach Bodh Gaya to give teachings from January 5 to 9," said the website.

The Dalai Lama, 74, along with many of his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959.

Exiled Tibetans hope for freedom in New Year

Exiled Tibetans hope for freedom in New YearDharamsala, Jan 1 : Tibetan''s in-exile living in India hope for freedom from Chinese control and peace in the New Year.

On the occasion of the New Year they also prayed for the long life of Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama.

"The only desire that we truly have is that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will live hundred more years and that he will continue to work for the welfare of Tibetan people and we continue to pray that Tibet will be free soon and the peace will once again rein in the land of snows," said Tenzin Pema a Tibetan.

Dharamsala photo exhibition pays tribute to the tenth Panchen Lama

Dharamsala photo exhibition pays tribute to the tenth Panchen LamaDharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), Jan 1 : A five-day photo exhibition was organised by a Buddhist monastery at Dharamsala here to commemorate twenty years of the passing away of the tenth Panchen Lama.

The exhibition concluded on Thursday.

On view were rare photographs and vintage Thangka paintings (traditional Tibetan scroll art) that showed the lives of Panchen Lamas.

The organisers wished that through this exhibition the world will remember the forgotten Tibetan Buddhist lineage of spiritual leaders.

Engineer from Himachal released by Somali pirates

Engineer from Himachal released by Somali piratesDharamsala, Dec 29 : Cheer returned on the faces of the family of an Indian engineer on a Singaporean ship hijacked by Somali pirates when he told them that he was free.

Raghubir Singh Pathania, the chief engineer aboard M. V. Kota Wajar, which was hijacked by the pirates Oct 15, spoke to his family in Fatehpur village near this Himachal Pradesh town over phone.

"Raghubir established contact with us over the phone soon after he was released along with the crew by the pirates late night Sunday," Pathania's father Pritam Singh told reporters Tuesday.

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