CHINESE authorities abhor the Dalai Lama but his many devotees – who consider him as a living Buddha of compassion – venerate their spiritual leader. Here, we look at the monk's background and how his opinions on Donald Trump have recently changed. Who is the Dalai Lama? The Dalai Lama, Tibet's current spiritual leader, is branded by Beijing as a dangerous separatist. Tenzin Gyatso – his spiritual name – was born as Lhamo Thondup in 1935 to parents who farmed buckwheat and barley in an isolated mountain hamlet, on the northeastern edge of the Tibetan plateau, Taktser, in Qinghai province. He was acknowledged as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama when he was two years old. As a toddler, he recognised objects belonging to the 13th Dalai Lama, which resulted in lamas proclaiming him as celestial heir. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the Dalai Lamas are the manifestation of the Buddha of Compassion and are enlightened beings, who have chosen to take rebirth … [Read more...] about Who is the Dalai Lama and what are his opinions on Donald Trump?
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John Wagner, The Washington Post Published 6:54 am PDT, Thursday, June 27, 2019 The Dalai Lama accused President Donald Trump of having a "lack of moral principle" during a television interview that aired Thursday in which the Tibetan spiritual leader also voiced renewed concerns about Trump's "America first" policies. Speaking to the BBC, the Dalai Lama described Trump's emotions as a "little bit too complicated." "One day he says something, another day he says something, but I think lack of moral principle," said the 83-year-old Buddhist monk, who is known for his advocacy of nonviolence, peaceful coexistence and human rights. The Dalai Lama also renewed his objections to Trump's use of the term "America First" to describe his global policies. "When he become president, he expressed, 'America first.' That is wrong," the Dalai Lama said. "America, they should take the global responsibility." The Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, expressed similar concerns during … [Read more...] about Dalai Lama says Trump has a ‘lack of moral principle’
Ashwini Bhatia, Associated Press Updated 3:16 am PDT, Friday, April 26, 2019 Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees as he arrives in Dharmsala, India, Friday, April 26, 2019. Hundreds of exiled Tibetans lined the streets of Dharmsala carrying ceremonial scarves and incense sticks to welcome the Dalai Lama who returned after a brief stay in a hospital in New Delhi for treatment of a chest infection. less Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees as he arrives in Dharmsala, India, Friday, April 26, 2019. Hundreds of exiled Tibetans lined the streets of Dharmsala carrying ceremonial scarves and ... more Photo: Ashwini Bhatia, AP Photo: Ashwini Bhatia, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets devotees … [Read more...] about Dalai Lama returns to north India base after hospitalization
By Krishna N. Das DHARAMSHALA, India (Reuters) - At a prayer meeting for the health of the Dalai Lama at his base in northern India, Tibetan refugees said they are worried that their fight for a homeland will die with the 83-year-old Buddhist monk as China's international influence grows. Up to 100,000 Tibetan Buddhists live in exile in India, 60 years after their spiritual leader took refuge there after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Ever since, the Dalai Lama has been at the centre of a struggle to keep alive the dream of a Tibet that has cultural and linguistic freedom, and freedom from what they see as suppression by the Chinese state. The Nobel peace laureate is regarded as one of the most influential people in the world, with a following extending well beyond Buddhism. Though he has set up a democratic structure for Tibetans in exile, many find it difficult to see how things will carry on after his death. "It's a Sunday but we have come to pray for his good health," … [Read more...] about Tibetans in exile struggle to see beyond Dalai Lama
An exile Tibetan breaks down during a march to mark the 60th anniversary of the March 10, 1959 Tibetan Uprising Day, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 10, 2019. The uprising of the Tibetan people against the Chinese rule was brutally quelled by Chinese army forcing the spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans to come into exile. Every year exile Tibetans mark this day as the National Uprising Day. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)FILE - In this April 18, 1959, file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, center, arrives at Tezpur, Assam in India. Tibetan activists put up posters and hoisted a Tibetan flag in India's capital New Delhi on Sunday, March 10, 2019, to mark the 60th anniversary of 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. (AP Photo, File)A horse mounted exile Tibetan shouts slogans during a march to mark the 60th anniversary of the March 10, 1959 Tibetan Uprising Day, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 10, 2019. The uprising of the Tibetan people against the … [Read more...] about China defends Tibet policies 60 years after Dalai Lama fled