DIED The founder of a Tibetan-studies program at Indiana University and author of the autobiography Tibet Is My Country, Taktser Rinpoche was a committed and lifelong advocate for his homeland. Yet Rinpoche, who was born Thubten Jigme Norbu, didn't always see eye to eye with his younger brother, the Dalai Lama. Though they remained close personally, politically Rinpoche supported absolute independence, while the Dalai Lama worked toward a compromise of "meaningful autonomy." Rinpoche was 86.

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