The Dalai Lama's brother, Thubten J. Norbu, died at the age of 86 on Friday in Bloomington, Indiana. The NY Times reports that he was regarded as a reincarnated saint, and had helped the CIA in covert guerrilla warfare supporting Tibetan resistance fighters. Robert Barnett, of Columbia University, said Norbu's death is "important beyond just signaling the passing of a generation of the Tibetan leadership. Tibetans, particularly exiles, generally support Mr. Norbu's hard-line approach." Here in New York, Norbu was the curator of Tibetan artifacts at the American Museum of Natural History from 1961 to 1965. Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama himself was just released from the hospital in Mumbai after having abdomen pain earlier this month.