Wall Street Journal
October 8, 2010
Minutes after I entered the settlement, a Tibetan monk driving a tractor crossed my path. Wearing a trucker’s cap that matched his crimson robes, he steered the tractor past lush corn fields dotted with twirling windmills. In the distance, the magnificent golden rooftop of a Buddhist monastery rose up beyond a chartreuse sea of corn stalks.
This surreal image is a common scene at Bylakuppe, India’s largest Tibetan settlement in the southern state of Karnataka, where about 40,000 Tibetans live, work and study. Bylakuppe’s more than 5,000 acres host several sprawling religious institutions that are fonts of Buddhist knowledge. Monks …