To the Best of Our Knowledge: Transforming Traditions

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In this hour, Lobsang Sangay has never been to Tibet. But this year he became the prime minister – or Kalon Tripa – of Tibet’s government in exile. He is the country’s first secular leader, and the first to take office since the Dalai Lama stripped himself of political power. Steve Paulson reached him at his new office in Dharamsala, India.

Then, Hip Hop often concerns itself with everyday life, but these days there is at least one young artist who believes hip hop can change the face of devotional music. MC Yogi tells Anne Strainchamps how his music changed when he discovered yoga.

Next, travel writer William Dalrymple has lived in India since 1989, witnessing the economic boom and the cultural changes that followed. In his new book called Nine Lives, he goes in search of the sacred. He tells Jim Fleming about some of those he discovered.

And finally, Stephen Batchelor wants contemporary Buddhists to re-think the life of the Buddha. The former Buddhist monk tells Steve Paulson that his close examination of early texts about the Buddha reveals a man concerned with the present world, not the world to come. [Broadcast Date: October 28, 2011]

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