Dalai Lama

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Some people consider the Dalai Lama one of the most influential people in the entire world. Starting in a small one-story house in rural Tibet, as a very young boy the Dalai Lama spoke only a broken Chinese dialect with his family. He made a great change in himself after it was discovered, at age 2 that he was destined to become the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. The Dalai Lama is said to be the country's supreme ruler and renowned spiritual leader, admired by the people of Tibet. His main goal is to preserve Tibetan Buddhist teachings and the Tibetan way of life. As of today, he has toured over 46 nations and once had over 80,000 followers. Amazingly, he only started from a humble house in Takster, Tibet. On July 6th, 1935, Lhamo Döndrub was born 5th of 16 children in a small farming village. He was one of the lucky sons of Choekyong and Diki Tsering, because only nine of the sixteen children survived, and he was blessed to be one of them. He grew up speaking a broken Chinese dialect that was very uncommon near his residence. Around the time when Döndrub was two years old, the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso had passed away. According to legend, the 13th Dalai Lama's deceased body was facing southeast originally, but had suddenly changed positions to the northeast by a mysterious force. The regent, Reting Rinpoche, supposedly had a vision that the 13th Dalai Lama's body was pointing to his reincarnated soul. This directed people to the young Döndrub's parents' one story house with distinctive gutters and tiling. As a test, to see if this toddler was the next Dalai Lama, he was given an assortment of toys and other objects; some belonging to the Dalai Lama, some not. Unbelievably, the child was correct when he shouted, "That's min... ... middle of paper ... ...Lama. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. . "The Delicate Dance of Meeting with the Dalai Lama -." Political Punch. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. . "Dzogchen." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. . "The 14th Dalai Lama - Biography." Nobelprize.org. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. . "14th Dalai Lama." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. . "Mao Zedong." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. . "Panchen Lama." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. .

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