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Steeped in rich traditions, Tibet is a land of rugged, breathtaking beauty and intriguing spirituality. But political repression and population engineering are radically changing the cultural landscape. Can the culture survive? A pilgrim worships at Lhasa's Sera Monastery   NEXT >> 2/15
Tibet: Can This Culture Survive?

STORY: Rethinking the Riddle
Some believers look to the newly exiled Karmapa as the best chance for breaking the impasse with China

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