Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tibetans’ Surprising Inheritance

Climbing a mountain in Tibet is no easy feat. The atmosphere is already thin on the world’s highest plateau—the oxygen level is just 60 percent of what it is at sea level—and adding elevation makes breathing even more strained. As a teenager, I once went on a hike in Kunming, a neighboring Chinese province with not quite Lhasa-levels of altitude. Even with a supplemental bagful of air (helpfully provided by tour guides), I couldn’t make it up a diminutive hill. Yet pious Tibetan Buddhists at...

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