February 22, 2006 A species of Himalayan snow lotus, a cottony white flower, is used in Tibetan medicine and prized by tourists -- and it's popularity has already knocked four inches off the plant's height and could be leading to its extinction.
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February 21, 2006 The second of a three-part report looks at the role of Tibetan medicinal plants in China's Yunnan Province. Global climate change and a growing world market may be threatening the plants.
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February 19, 2006 While it may sound lavish, it is a practical and often required practice to hire a driver for foreign reporting assignments. Our driver was a quietly persistent man who personified the stoic determination of the people living at the Tibetan frontier of China's Yunnan Province.
February 19, 2006 For the latest NPR/National Geographic Radio Expedition report, Elizabeth Arnold begins a journey to China's eastern Himalayas, near the border with Tibet, to profile a team of scientists studying the link between global warming and disappearing plant life high in the mountains.
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February 7, 2006 In December 2005, a team of Indonesian, American and Australian scientists studied the mist-shrouded "lost world" atop the isolated Foja Mountains of New Guinea. What they found was a haven for rare wildlife and a host of new species.
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January 24, 2006 While we have tents, a fuel-burning stove, canisters of fuel and seven horses, our neighbors have the clothes on their back, a large bag of barley flower (called tsampa) and utensils to prepare butter tea and possibly barley bread.
January 24, 2006 A sound engineer continues his pilgrimage around a sacred mountain in China revered by Tibetan Buddhists, and finds a powerful force guiding his path: an awareness of mortality.
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January 23, 2006 He tells me that if I am concerned about the benefits that I will receive from my pilgrimage, I can expect little. He suggests that a better attitude would be to perform the pilgrimage in the hope that it would benefit all beings.
January 23, 2006 Bill McQuay begins his journey to circle the sacred mountain of Kawakarpo with a visit to some of the holiest places in Tibetan Buddhism, where he learns of the religion's core values.
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January 23, 2006 Three experts on Tibetan Buddhism — a scholar, an anthropologist, and a former monk and translator for the Dalai Lama — talk to Bill McQuay about the finer points of some of the religion's core concepts.
January 23, 2006 Robert Thurman
January 19, 2006 Having reached the final pass of the pilgrimage I am excited, delighted and grateful for having had this opportunity to share this amazing journey with so many devout people. It's overwhelming — and frankly indescribable.
January 19, 2006 I am tired after five-and-a-half hours of trekking up the spine of this mountain. I'm almost too tired to prepare my recording equipment for our long trek across the snow-covered Shula pass.
January 19, 2006 The village fades into the distance below us but smoke from the houses still fills the air with the delightful smell of sweet burning juniper branches. Every morning, the head of each household rises before dawn and burns the juniper and prays for help from the mountain god.
January 19, 2006 It never fails, whenever we camp, that any number of Tibetans young or old will walk up to our campsite, move alongside or in front of you and just... watch.
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