The term Kundun in Tibetan literally means "presence" but the Dalai Lama's absence from Tibet is an all too real pain that is impossible not to feel. Or in a strange way, it could be interpreted as an overall presence in noting the absence.
The Dalai Lama's message of compassion and nonviolence resonates at the core of our common humanity, regardless of nationality or religious background. This era of universal admiration and respect for a spiritual leader is unparalleled in history.
To be in the presence of the Dalai Lama was awe-inspiring and left a long-lasting impression upon me. In his natural and self-effacing manner, he effortlessly spoke his mind, incorporating his wonderful sense of humor, infectious giggle, and penetrating intelligence.
In this wide-ranging conversation we learn about the iconic leader's spiritual formation in Tibet, his extraordinary escape from the Chinese, his interest in science, how he meditates and what compassion means in real life.
Her career is an interesting story of how an artist representing traditional wisdom made their work more approachable by evolving to a contemporary sound with the encouragement of a rock producer and a pop diva.
A recent art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St Louis University featured the work of photographer Regina DeLuise, whose black and white photographs attend to the ordinary moments in the spiritual lives of the people of Bhutan.
Chinese leaders fail to understand the faith of the Tibetan people in Buddhism and the basic relationship between a disciple and a lama. In Tibetan Buddhism, choosing one's own lama is by the will of the disciple and faith in the enlightened one who shows the right path.
This is how we begin each class: A friend and I arrive to a line of shoes outside the doorway of a classroom in Tibet World, a non-profit volunteer organization in McLeod Ganj, India.
By now it is an open secret the degree to which respect for the Dalai Lama is growing in China within the leadership and business circles and amongst the ordinary people. The BBC's exclusive report on China's super-rich communist Buddhists is the latest proof.
On a warm October day in McLeod Ganj, a town in Northern India nestled between peaks of the outer-Himalayas, the streets were bustling with life. Among the many languages that wove in and out of the bookstores and between the dumpling stands, the most prominent was Mandarin Chinese.
Through simultaneously preserving Tibet's wisdom tradition and encouraging women to embrace and thrive through knowledge acquisition she is not only empowering Tibetan women, she is giving them the tools to empower themselves. Delek's work and outlook speak to the power of that lens.
As India continues to gain its footing on the global stage, it continues to revise the manner in which it approaches bilateral, regional and international relations.
Nora de Angelli is a London-based freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker. Until 2011, when she graduated from London College of Communication's University of Arts, with an M.A. in Documentary Film under her belt, De Angelli was an accomplished research scientist.
We are drawn to places by our dreams, the dreams of our ancestors, and the collective dreaming of people through the centuries. These places are made special for us by what happened there, whether in our personal history or the larger history of the world.
"A minor miracle occurred yesterday," wrote Frank Fischer in an email on November 17th, "(it) marked a significant victory for democracy and justice in Romania's long march from the end of the Communist regime."
It must have been deeply confusing for thousands of people that during his most recent tour of the United States, a mysterious group of protesters has been hounding the Dalai Lama at every stop, from Alabama to Princeton to Boston to New York.