Tibet

Monks at Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh

Words Apart: a vocabulary for the Himalayan desert

17 June 2017 9:00 am

For the western visitor, the ‘land of high passes’ is mindblowingly strange

Robert Twigger’s survey of the Himalayas is decidedly quirky

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Robert Twigger’s father was born in a Himalayan hill resort and carried to school in a sedan chair. His son,…

How the Dalai Lama escaped Tibet in 1959

1 October 2016 9:00 am

On the night of 17 March 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama, aged 23, slipped out of the Norbulinka, his summer…

On Buddhism — and Keith Vaz

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Last week in Ladakh I went panting from one Buddhist monastery to another. Culturally, racially and historically, Ladakh is Tibetan,…

Banned from China, invited to Westminster: Canada’s crusading beauty queen

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015, is using her fame to highlight the troubling organ trade in China

What we thought of Tibetan Buddhism before we got soppy

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Next week I’m going to Ladakh for a travel gig. Me neither — never heard of it. So I heaved…

Chairman Mao devours his foes

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Frank Dikötter, professor of humanities at the University of Hong Kong and winner of the Samuel Johnson prize in 2011,…

Brian Hodgson finds his vocation in Kathmandu

12 December 2015 9:00 am

It started as a ‘shoke’ — the Anglo-Indian slang word for ‘hobby’. Bored and lonely in Kathmandu, the young Assistant…

The top loo books of 2015

21 November 2015 9:00 am

There is not, sadly, a dedicated Trivia Books section in your local Waterstones, although at this time of year there…

George Osborne’s epic kowtow to China

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Cameron and Osborne have a very clear China policy: do whatever China wants

Just writing about this radio programme makes me feel nauseous

6 June 2015 9:00 am

If you’re in the least bit squeamish you’d better stop reading now. What follows is not for those who blanch…

Gyalo Thondup (right) pictured with the Dalai Lama on their arrival in India in 1959

From diplomacy to disillusion with the Dalai Lama’s big brother

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Can there ever have been another book in which one of the authors (Anne Thurston in this case) so effectively…

Tibet should not despair

12 February 2011 12:00 am

Surely no political process in the modern world is more shrouded in mystery than the way the Chinese select a new supreme leader — except perhaps the occult divination practised by the Tibetans.

To the holiest in the height

29 January 2011 12:00 am

Charles Allen is impressed by an arduous journey that is both a pilgrimage and a way of mourning lost relatives

The body in the snow

17 July 2010 12:00 am

A word is missing from the subtitle of Jonathan Green’s shocking exposé: cowardice.