I will focus on the life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso, born sixth of July, 1937, now aged seventy-eight and the longest living incumbent of the Dalai Lama to date. Tenzin Gyatso was both a political leader and religious figurehead and thus was involved in many political activities that were non-violent in nature. The majority of his work was based upon the liberation of Tibet from Chinese rule and the formation of a self-governing democratic state. These activities were set up to be the prerequisite for an independent Tibet, but have ultimately failed. The Dalai Lama, most notably, was renowned for his diplomatic advocacy in relation to non-violence. There were many occurrences of Tenzin Gyatso collaborating with the Chinese government to reach a fair and peaceful agreement on the liberation of Tibet and its people.
One instance involved; was whilst he was still in political power, he sent a delegation of Tibetan negotiators to Beijing in China on May 23rd in 1951, to negotiate with the Chinese Communist Government over their rule of Tibet. These discussions later led to the drafting of the Seventeen Point Agreement in which stated that China’s ‘‘central authorities will not alter the existing political system of Tibet’’ and thus preserve the ‘‘established status, functions, and powers of the Dalai Lama’’ hence allow the ‘‘local government of Tibet to carry out reform of its own accord’’ (Bradsher 2013: 35).
On various other occasions, the Dalai Lama promoted his non-violent diplomacy through a vast array of political accomplishments. Such actions, like working as a delegate chairman in the first session of the National People’s Congress in collaboration with China’s government on September 27th of...
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