| Mar 24, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No matter how I searched, the Wi-Fi wasn't there. No television either. Even my phone, struggling toward two bars, conspired against modernity.
But that's what you pay for at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and...
| Oct 28, 2012
DALI, China — "I'm sorry," my travel agent's email said, "but Tibet is closed."
Closed? How could it just shut down? This wasn't Space Mountain we were talking about.
A quick Google search confirmed the news. In "celebration" of the anniversary of...
| Feb 20, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Drew Friedman: The caricaturist will present and sign his new book, "Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
| Jun 19, 2011
For thousands of years, the high, arid San Luis Valley has spawned tales of the strange and the fantastic.
Native Americans called it the Bloodless Valley, setting aside their weapons as they made vision quests up sacred Blanca Peak, the great sentinel...
| Mar 6, 2011
As I sat on a high ledge of the 734-year-old Mingalarzedi Temple, looking out over the hundreds of ancient temples around Bagan, I wondered how long it would take a visitor to see them all. Archaeologists say there once were about 5,000 temples, but...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 1:15 PM
More than 100 Tibetan-Americans and supporters made their way through Chicago’s downtown today to memorialize the date in 1959 when Chinese forces occupied the country and forced the Dalai Lama into exile.
The marchers started about 11 a.m. near...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 9:35 AM
Four a.m. is a terrible time of day, too late for night owls, too early for early risers. The exception is 4 a.m. at Borobudur, waiting for the sun to rise over the Kedu Plain in central Java with 504 figures of Buddha.
The temple is one of three great...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 3:11 PM
Friday: Ann Cressman, instructor and Silver Life Master, will be teach beginning bridge lessons from noon to 2 p.m. for $100. Each session will start with a lesson on basic bidding techniques and responses. To sign up, or for more...
| Apr 28, 2011
In 40 A.D., the fabled Trung sisters rode elephants into battle to free Vietnam from its Chinese invaders. Nearly 2,000 years later, Ngo Dinh Nhu fancied herself a modern-day Trung, defending her country against communist rebels and American imperialists....
| Apr 27, 2011
| 2:28 PM
If you want to be happy, elect your boss, take a break from your mobile phone and give to charity — that's the advice from a new global movement for happiness whose members include the Dalai Lama.
Action for Happiness was co-founded by Richard...
| Apr 30, 2011
| 7:39 PM
IRVINE — It all started when someone asked Kelly Smith what she would do if she had a magic wand to change the world.
Her answer — to help kids learn and realize what's special about them — sparked a dream that blossomed into the Center...