Dalai Lama Biography
The Dalai Lama is the Tibetan leader in exile. He was chosen at a young age, to be the next Dalai Lama. In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is believed that the Dalai Lama takes many incarnations, coming back to alleviate suffering and offering compassion. Thus, from an early age the young Dalai Lama was groomed to be the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people.
However, as a young man, still learning the ropes of his position, disaster struck the Tibetan people as China invaded Tibet. The Chinese invasion caused much suffering and destruction for Tibetan culture. Fearing he would fall into the hands of the Chinese, the Dalai Lama fled to India where he set up a Tibetan government in exile. Despite the aggression of the Chinese, the Dalai Lama has sought to maintain a forgiving attitude and has argued for peaceful resolution of the conflict. However, largely ignnored by the Western powers, the return of Tibetan independence appears very unlikely.
As well as being the political figurehead for the Tibetan people, the Dalai Lama has also helped to popularise Buddhism amongst Westerners. His books on Buddhism have been on several best seller lists. He has sought to explain the Buddhist philosophy of non violence, compassion and liberation from earthly suffering.
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