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Tibet exiles embrace new “living Buddha”

March 2, 2009

He is a “living Buddha” with an iPod, the 23-year-old possible successor to the Dalai Lama who may bridge the gap between Tibet’s elder leaders and both an alienated Tibetan youth and a suspicious China.

For the Karmapa Lama, who fled Tibet nine years ago to India and is now the third highest ranking Lama, it is time for Tibetans to modernize to survive.

My colleagues Alistair Scrutton and Abhishek Madhukar got a rare interview with the young man many Tibetan exiles regard as a “living Buddha”, which you can read here.

This year, as the 73-year-old Dalai Lama marks the 50th anniversary of his flight from Chinese rule into exile, there is speculation he could pave the way for a successor — and it is the Karmapa who is most talked about.

(Photo: Karmapa Lama speaks during an interview with Reuters in Dharamsala. REUTERS/Abhishek Madhukar (INDIA), March 2, 2009)

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