Chinese authorities have demolished the century-old Langdun family residence of Tibet’s 13th Dalai Lama despite appeals to protect the heritage site, a Tibetan source close to the Langdun family said.
The house of Thupten Gyatso, predecessor to the current Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, was situated close to the Kyichu river, south of Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
For much of the 40 years they were married, Hob and Olivia Hoblitzelle practiced Buddhism, a tradition that teaches patience, acceptance and the power of letting go. These values became their anchor in 1995, when Hob was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Olivia was both his wife and his caregiver as they coped with Hob’s increasing confusion and loss of awareness, a process often called “the long goodbye.” Our story first aired in December 2010.
The key to development along the Buddhist path is repetitive routine guided by inspirational vision. It is the insight into final freedom — the peace and purity of a liberated mind — that uplifts us and impels us to overcome our limits. But it is by repetition — the methodical cultivation of wholesome practices — that we cover the distance separating us from the goal and draw ever closer to deliverance.