The 14th Dalai Lama is one of the most unique political and spiritual leaders in the world. His role encompasses responsiblities that it is difficult to fathom. How the Dalai Lama is located and appointed into the position is also incredible.
A Peaceful Country in Exile
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the spiritual leader and Head of State for the Tibetan People. The term Dalai Lama means "Ocean of Wisdom.
The 13th Dalai Lama died in 1933. The 14th was born July 6th, 1935 in northeastern Tibet, in a small village called Taktser, within a peasant family. Taktser is 9,000 feet above sea level and the villagers grow wheat and barley. At the age of two, after passing several tests, he was recognized as the reincarnation of his predecessor and the incarnation of the Buddha of Compassion.
The young Dalai Lama was educated over Potala Palace overlooking Lhasa. His family was moved to a nearby home so he could visit with them each month.
Mao Tse-Tung with the Chinese Communist invaded Tibet in 1950, claiming it was under Chinese Rule. Though the Tibetans are racially, culturally and geographically seperate the Dalai Lama went into exile in 1959.
The Dalai Lama says that 'no race of people has suffered more since the 2nd World War and that it will continue every day, until the Communist leave our country or until the Tibetans cease to exist as a race or religious community.'
In 1989, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating "peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people."