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The Evolution Of 'American' Buddhism

US Public Radio Series

America Abroad is an award-winning documentary radio program distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide. Each month, we take an in-depth look at one critical issue in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.

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“Once His Holiness is gone, then, even if the Chinese government or representatives of Chinese government, if they want to engage in a dialog – it's going to be really hard to identify who to do it with.”

Perched in the mountains of upstate New York sits Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery known as KTD.

When a Tibetan couple tied the knot last year, they were not only newlyweds — they were newly famous.

The Dalai Lama's 80th birthday has been a cause for celebration but also consternation for Tibetans at home and in the diaspora. Now, as he grows older, doubt hovers in the air as to who will carry on the struggle when he's gone.

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