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THE STORY OF THE DALAI LAMA

THE STORY OF THE DALAI LAMA

Born on July 6, 1935 the Dalai Lama real name is Lhamo Thondup. He was born to a poor family in Taktser in the province of Amdo.

His parents were farmers and he had an older sister and three older brothers. After he was identified he was first taken to Kumbum monastery.

Then in the summer of 1939 he was taken to the capital Lhasa. Later during the winter of 1940 he was taken to the Potala Palace.

There he was officially installed as the spiritual leader of Tibet. Soon after the Dalai Lama was taken to Jokhang temple where he was inducted as a novice monk.

Once inducted he was required to be shaven headed and attired in maroon robes. From there he began to receive his primary education.

His studies included logic, Tibtean art and culture, Sanskrit, medicine and Buddhist philosophy. In 1950 news that an army of 80,000 soldiers of the PLA had crossed the Drichu river.

As the news got worse people began to advocate that the Dalai Lama be given his full temporal power. At 15 yeaers of age the Dalai Lama was enthroned as the temporal leader of Tibet.

To mark the occasion the Dalai Lama granted amnesty whereby all the prisoners were set free. This is an interesting point.

First because it meant that such prisoners who had committeed crimes such as rape and murder who set free. Further it was also alleged that the prison was engaged in torure of ordinary Tibeten people which breached human rights. The prisons were also a way of supressing peoples rights and freedom. Lets realize that the Dalai Lama and his inner circle lived a life of incredible luxery while the people starved.

Delegations were sent abroad to America, Great Britain and Nepal in the hope of persuading these countries to intervene on behalf of Tibet. Another delegation went to China.

Although the delegation to China reached its destination the other delegations were turned back. In effect these countries at that time were recognizing Chinas claim to Tibet.

Shortly afterwards the Dalai Lama move to southern Tibet. In 1958 during a consultation with Nechung Oracle the Dalai Lama was given instruction to leave Tibet.

Three weeks after leaving the Dalai Lama reached the Indian border from where they were escorted by Indian guards to Bomdila. The Indian government provided asylum to the Dalai Lama and his followers in India.


 
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