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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Tibetan Government
On Saturday near the Kirti Buddhist monastery in Sichuan province in the People's Republic of China (PRC), a Tibetan monk sat on the ground, drank and doused himself with kerosene, and set himself ablaze. He was immediately engulfed in flame and soon burned to death.
The Dalai Lama said Thursday that he will give up his political role in the Tibetan government-in-exile and shift that power to an elected representative, as the 76-year-old Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader struggles with growing worries about who will succeed him when he dies.
The question looms over this raggedy hillside town, a place where ancient mysticism constantly brushes against the realities of modern geopolitics.