Thubten J. Norbu, the eldest brother of the Dalai Lama and himself regarded as a reincarnated saint, died Friday in Bloomington, Indiana. He had split with his pacifist brother to demand complete independence of Tibet from China, going so far as to help the U.S. government in covert guerrilla warfare.
He was 86 by the Western reckoning and 87 in Tibet, where he was born, said Terry Norbu, his daughter-in-law, who confirmed the death.
After being recognized at age 3 as the reincarnation of a high lama, a revered priest in Tibetan Buddhism, Norbu became a leader in his small country’s political battles …
Thubten Norbu, eldest brother of Dalai Lama, dies – International Herald Tribune