How Thubten Jigme Norbu’s Tibetan Cultural Center came to be located in Bloomington, Indiana, is an incredible saga of changing identities, forced exile, international intrigue, and one family’s rags-to-riches rise to prominence. The players include the Dalai Lama, the CIA, an Eli Lilly heiress, celebrities, scholars, Buddhist monks, and reincarnated spirits. It’s the story of how one Tibetan immigrant became a Hoosier.
As leader of the Indianapolis Black Panther Militia in the 1990s, Mmoja Ajabu bred hate and anger in the name of social justice. When his son was convicted in a horrific murder, he incurred the wrath of the entire city. Now, Ajabu returns to prominence.