Author: Eswar Anandan

Happy Birthday Dalai Lama

Born on a straw mat in a cowshed to a farmer’s family, little Lhamo Thondup was recognised as the 14th Dalai Lama, in 1939. He was rechristened as Tenzin Gyatso, on being recognised as the Dalai Lama. On July 6, 2017, he turns 82. Eswar profiles His Holiness, in the regular column. Different Truths wishes […]

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A Nation in Exile

In 1959, the situation inside Tibet led His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama to seek refuge in India and ever since millions of Tibetans are living as refugees in exile, in fact, there are more Tibetans living outside Tibet than in Tibet. On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, Eswar talks of a nation […]

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His Holiness the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Thupten Gyatso

Eswar talks about His Holiness the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, likening him to the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. Read more about His life and times, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. Whenever I think about His Holiness the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Guru Gobind Singh’s mighty warrior image comes to my mind. From the day […]

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Amma la: The Agony of Separation from Mother and Motherland

As the world celebrated Mother’s Day, on Sunday, it sharpened the agonies of separation of mother and motherland for the Tibetan Refugees, in India. Eswar profiles their pain, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. How does one feel when one hears about the loss of a loved one and not able to do […]

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Where is the 11th Panchen Lama Missing for the last 22 years?

Within three days of the identification of 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima recognised by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, the child was kidnapped by the Chinese forces and was replaced by Gyaincain Norbu. His parents were members of the Communist Party. It’s almost 22 years since the disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, […]

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Pegyal, the 146th Martyr, Self-immolated Himself for the Liberation of Tibet

Pegyal is the 146th Tibetan to self-immolate and the first reported in 2017. This is the second self-immolation from the region – Nyarong. The 24-year-old bachelor was the sole breadwinner of his family of six in Tibet. Within minutes the police of the communist regime arrived and took away the charred body, so that the […]

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Children of Hope: Face to Face with Dalai Lama

Eswar reminisces meeting His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama for the first time. He recalls the deep reverence among the Tibetan people for their religious leader. Read more about his overwhelming experience, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. It was a day that I was looking forward to. A day I had dreamt […]

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Mother of Dalai Lala Gives an Account of the Escape into the Exile

It was in a nick of time because by then Chinese had picked the younger brother of Dalai Lama, Tendzin Choegyal to their military headquarters. They had also come to pick Diki Tsering by entering her personal chambers, but her attendant forcefully pushed them away telling she was not well. Disguised as soldiers by borrowing her son-in- law’s […]

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Kālachakra Initiation Completed in Bodh Gaya, Millions Watched Online

The Kālachakra initiation involves taking refuge and vows and receiving empowerment – imagining ourselves transforming into a series of special forms and entering the mandala and experiencing in it a sequence of purifications and awakening and enhancing of potentials for future success in the practice. His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, like the first, second, seventh, eight Dalai Lama, […]

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Losar: Tibetan New Year

The history of Losar dates back to the pre-Buddhism era of Tibet. Bon religion was widely practiced in Tibet before the advent of Buddhism in Tibet. During the winter season, it was a spiritual practice to burn large quantities of incense sticks to appease the local spirits, deities, and protectors. This tradition continued after the advent of Buddhism in […]

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