The Dalai Lama

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The Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama, this name has been heard on radios and read in newspapers by thousands of people across the world. The 14th Dalai Lama has led a life in exile for almost 43 years since an uprising against the Chinese government happened in Tibet in 1959. He has led a controversial life as a Nobel Peace Price winner and a famous public figure. Dalai Lama has traveled around the world and started to behave and speak like a "politician". Is he just trying to fight for basic human rights in Tibet as what the world thinks, or is he trying to tear Tibet from its motherland-China as the Chinese say?

His Holiness (as Dalai Lama is called by Tibetans), the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born Lhamo Dhondrub on July 6th 1935, in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. Born to a peasant family, the 14th Dalai Lama was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion. The enthronement of the 14th Dalai Lama ceremony took place on February 22nd, 1940 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Dalai Lama began his education at the age of six and completed the Geshe Lharampa Degree (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy) when he was 25. On November 17th, 1950, the 14th Dalai Lama was called upon to assume full political power (head of the State and Government) after some 80,000 Peoples Liberation Army soldiers invaded Tibet. In 1954, he went to Beijing to talk peace with Mao Ze-Dong and other Chinese leaders, including Zhou En-Lai and Deng Xiao-Ping. However, his efforts to bring about a peaceful solution to Sino-Tib...

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