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Who is the Dalai Lama?

by Eddy Hsu 9월 03, 2023

Who is the Dalai Lama?

The Dalai Lama is a title given to the spiritual and political leader of Tibetan Buddhism. The title is often used to refer to the head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, which is one of the major schools within Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama is considered to be the reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara, a bodhisattva of compassion.

The Dalai Lama is recognized as both a religious figure and a political leader. The current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the most well-known Dalai Lama of all.  He is the 14th incarnation, who was born in 1935. He was officially recognized as the Dalai Lama at a young age and assumed full political power in Tibet in 1950. However, due to political turmoil and conflict with the Chinese government, the 14th Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 and has since been living in exile in India.

Throughout his life, the 14th Dalai Lama has been an advocate for nonviolence, human rights, and Tibetan autonomy. He has received numerous awards and honors for his efforts to promote peace and understanding, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

It's important to note that the situation in Tibet and the issue of the Dalai Lama's succession have been subjects of controversy and tension between the Tibetan leadership in exile and the Chinese government. The Chinese government has sought to exert control over the process of selecting the next Dalai Lama, while the Tibetan leadership and many Tibetans continue to advocate for genuine autonomy and religious freedom.



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