America Abroad: Tibet

America Abroad: Tibet

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 9:00pm

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Tibet has long been known as a place of mystique and intrigue for its ancient customs and beliefs. The teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama have garnered widespread attention around the world, from the media to Hollywood celebrities. Despite this, the practices of Tibetan Buddhism and the real lives of modern day Tibetans are not well understood. America Abroad examines spiritual, political, and cultural perspectives in modern day Tibet, Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370.

This episode seeks to uncover the truths beyond the stereotypes, traveling to the Chinese city of Chengdu, near the Tibetan border, to explore the tensions between Tibetan culture and Chinese urbanization efforts; In Dharamsala, India, we examine how Tibetans in exile deal with Chinese surveillance while gradually embracing technology; And in the US we visit a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in upstate New York to learn why Tibetan Buddhism has become appealing to so many Westerners.