Daily delivered to your inbox“It was a journey to become a different man,” Dorjee, now 81 years old, said during an interview at his home in the misty mountain village of Mc Leod Ganj, just outside Dharamshala.“I had to develop a totally different mentality,” he said.“I lost my country and saw the Chinese kill many people in front of me.

“I saw what they did, and I was thinking that I could take a weapon and I could fight for my country too.”Six years later, a 31-year-old Dorjee decided to abandon his monk’s robes for good when he joined Establishment 22—a secret all-Tibetan unit in the Indian army created after China attacked India in the 1962 Sino-Indian war. As a soldier we trained to kill people.”The CIA initially provided training and equipment for Establishment 22, and Dorjee remembers the CIA instructors fondly.

Like many cultural customs, polyandry in Tibet was compatible with specific challenges of geography.

Many of them married Tibetan women and settled down, speaking Tibetan and adopting Tibetan customs.

There was also a community of Chinese Hui Muslims who conducted trade with China and Central Asia, who remained a separate community with their own mosque and cemetery.

For she not only revealed that she had for years been the secret sexual consort of one of the most holy monks in Tibetan Buddhism - the tulku (re-incarnated lama), Kalu Rinpoche.

She also insisted that the abuse of power at the heart of the relationship exposed a flaw at the very heart of Tibetan Buddhism. To outsiders, the Rinpoche was one of the most revered yogi-lamas in exile outside Tibet.

Above, the Tibetan spiritual leader speaks during a news conference at Magdalene College in Oxford, England on September 14.

DHARAMSHALA, India—When Sonam Dorjee was a Buddhist monk at the Debung Monastery in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, he would not kill an insect.

Then again, sex of any kind isn't really what you're planning when you become a celibate nun.

It was, said June Campbell as she began her lecture, only the second time she had been asked to give a talk to a Buddhist group in this country since her book, Traveller in Space, came out three years ago. The topic of her talk was "Dissent in Spiritual Communities", and you don't get much more potent types of dissent than hers.

No, it was a different part of the anatomy - and of all too fleshly substance - which caused the trouble.