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Panchen Lama: The boy chosen as a Tibetan spiritual figure disappeared in 1995. China says he graduated from college with a job



The history of the Dalai Lama's exile

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima has not been heard from since, but on Tuesday, China said that he was a college graduate with a job, and that he and his family did not want to be disturbed in their “normal life now.”

The brief comments, made by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian during a regular press conference, offer a rare window into real life that is now 31 years old.

Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was identified by the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, as the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995, six years after the death of his predecessor. But Beijing rejected it and quickly put forward its own candidate, Gyancain Norbu, who according to the Chinese government was an “authentic” Panchen Lama.

By installing your own options as Panchen Lama and disappeared Gedhun Choekyi NyimaChina has avoided him becoming another opposition figure in the form of the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile since escaping from Beijing-controlled Tibet in 1959 and is regularly criticized by Chinese authorities and blamed for Tibetan unrest in China. Since becoming an adult, Gyancain Norbu has assumed an increasingly well-known role, joining China’s top political body and frequently appearing at important events in Beijing.
It is still unknown whether Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is aware that he will be elected as Panchen Lama. In a statement this week marking the 25th anniversary of his departure, the Tibetan government in exile said that “China’s abduction of the Panchen Lama and forced rejection of his religious identity and the right to practice at his monastery are not only a violation of religious freedom but also a grave violation of human rights.”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also condemned the “Chinese persecution” of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and called on Beijing to “announce the existence of the Panchen Lama” and respect Tibetan religious freedom.

The most important goal of the Panchen Lama from the perspective of Beijing is the role he traditionally played in identifying the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, who was worshiped as a living god by Tibetan Buddhists. With current title holder Tenzin Gyatso, now 84, there is a strong chance that a successor will be needed sooner than later.

Beijing has made it clear for years that it intends to control the process, bringing the top two figures in Tibetan Buddhism under its control. “The reincarnation of the living Buddhas, including the Dalai Lama, must obey Chinese laws and regulations and follow religious rituals and historic conventions,” a representative of the official-atheist state said last year when the Dalai Lama was hospitalized with a chest infection.
The law was passed in 2007 stated that the reincarnation of a living Buddha is “subject to the request for approval.”

Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama now says his successor can be found outside of Tibet, and also suggests he might not be reincarnated at all, making him the last person to hold the title. In recent years, he has moved to secularize the Tibetan government in exile, surrendering non-religious authority to political figures, in stark contrast to the theocratic societies that had ruled Tibet in the foresee by his predecessors.

Pro-Tibetan protesters hold pictures of Gendun Cheokyi Nyima (recognized by the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama) during a demonstration outside the Chinese consulate in Barcelona on May 17, 2013.
In 2011The Dalai Lama denounced the efforts of the Chinese government to intervene, saying “reincarnated people have the sole legal authority about where and how he is reborn and how reincarnation must be recognized.”

“It is a fact that no one else can force the person concerned, or manipulate him,” the Dalai Lama said. “It is very inappropriate for Chinese communists, who explicitly reject even the ideas of past and future life, let alone the concept of Tulkus reincarnation, to interfere in the reincarnation system and especially the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama.”

Regardless of what the Dalai Lama decided, however, many observers hope that successors will be put forward, of course by Beijing and possibly by the Tibetan exile community, creating a situation similar to the two Panchen Lama’s and worsening the gap about who gets to shape the future of Tibetan Buddhism .

CNN’s Steven Jiang contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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