Dalai Lama A catalyst for change

The Dalai Lama biography

The Dalai Lama is a peaceful activist from Lhasa, Tibet. His birth name was Lhamo Dhondrub, he was raised from a farming family. He was recognized at age two to become the next high Dalai Lama, he learned many of the Buddhism education at age six.Lama was separated from his family at four, he moved into the Potala Palace with one of his brothers. Although, he still felt alone because he was forbidden to have any friends, his childhood was lost due to starting the principles of Buddhism at a very young age. His tutors would say he was a very bright boy with impressive memory and he was deeply concerned with underdogs, the friendless and the abused.

However, the Dalai Lama was mostly interested in playing with his servants, he was obsessed with gadgets, war machines, drills, and dangerous stunts. While playing with his adult attendents his favorite game, mock battles, his servants would win and he would throw a rage of anger and tantrum, he hasn't yet overcome his legendary temper. At a young age the Dalai Lama had the curious of life from being both neglected and spoiled.

Towards the beginning of his leadership, his teenage years, he wasn't prepared to make decisions on war and was frightened because he was unsure on how he could protect the people of Tibet. He was introduced to Buddhist metaphysics where he completely lost interest and his mind shut down. He began to become fascinated by the Buddhist Literature which wasthe finding of inspiration and guidance. It influenced him by the many outbursts and physical violence that were taken place and it sparked him inside to begin to grab the idea of peaceful acts being take within another. Sparked him to believe that under no circumstances should anyone be treated with disrespect, tortured, and no one should have to suffer.

Lhasa, Tibet

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

The thirteenth Dalai Lama signed a treaty establishing that Tibet is an independent Buddhist nation with it's own inviolable territory in the Himilayas, in this case they have their own stamps, passports, and flag. 13th Dalai Lama said "Tibetans shall be happy in Tibet and Chinese shall stay in China", Tibet is not a part of China. Tibet is rich in tradition and lifestyles changes in little over generations. Tibetans have a strong belief and take pride in Buddhism literature. Religious practices and Buddhist principles are an important part of the Tibetans daily lives. Tibet is held together by peace and unity within each other. In first discover Tibetan people are fantastically tough people, excellent horseman, generous, and dangerously playful. Buddhism focus is on finding peace within yourself and through others. There is no violence between anyone, although the Dalai Lama believes that violence is only acceptable if it's self defense. The Dalai Lama is both politically and spiritually leader of the Buddhist nation. If you are protecting yourself and your beliefs than it's showing massive courage. Most of Tibetans convert themselves into monks, and many are starting at a young age. Monks and any other high division holds a key role in the community to lead guidance and education. They are those who mentally fight the most to protect and promote Tibetan culture, language, environment, and beliefs.

China Rising

This image is the People's Liberation Army of China about ready to attack Tibet.

In the 1940-1950's, Tibet was being invaded by Mao Zedong, the chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and leader of the People's Republic of China, in order for Tibet to become a Democratic Government and to take over full power. Mao Zedong is absolute filled with selfishness and irresponsibility as well he believes that it is good to kill, he promotes violence.China made it it's goal to achieve a full democratic nation and rebuild Tibet from all it's ancient buildings as well as destroy Dharma.

The Chinese Government as well states that Tibet is a region belonging to China, but it has never been. Zedong plans to demolish all the monasteries and execute monks. With Demolishing monasteries means they had to get rid of many monks. China got rid of monks by throwing them into ditches alive and being either buried, thrown rocks or shot. It also results in the destruction of the Tibetan culture and their former beliefs of Buddhism.

In the following video you are going to get informed to as why China hates Tibet. Do to all the information as of China's motivation to rule Tibet and the upcoming devastation that the Chinese Government causes, it covers the main details to why China would really target Tibet. Begin the video at 0:20 seconds to 2:00 seconds.

Tibet under China

These images are empowering Tibetan people to fight against the Chinese Government.

Tibet was becoming a torn nation, it fell into devastation in the 1949-1950's. The small region, Tibet, started to become a vast network of prisons and labour camps. It has become the end to Tibet due to the fact that the Chinese Government de emphasized Tibetan religion/faith, confiscated farmland/large estates, and children were being taken away from their families. Tibetans have suffered the many humiliations daily from the Chinese such as starvation, inflation, and religious persecution.The Chinese people forced abortion, sterilization of Tibetan woman.

The Chinese government spread out the plan of kidnapping and shooting the high Dalai Lama. Tibetans began to march the streets of Tibet by the home of the Dalai Lama with guns, bats, knifes, any weapons available so they can protect the high Dalai Lama. It proves how much Tibetans really value the Dalai Lama because they would risk their own lives for his safety and his presence.

Once war started coming closer, the Dalai Lama began to plan out an escape from Tibet and flee to India. Lama would flee to India for protection and to begin a new setting up for a dissident government. Although he knew that fleeing to India would cause the Chinese to unleash their PLA army towards Tibet decaptivating the country.Two nights before the war, the Dalai Lama his family disguised themselves as soldiers and passed through the Chinese Government, it was difficult because the Chinese were everywhere while they were heading out their palace and it was easy to be stopped by them any minute.

Tibetans were preparing themselves for the war that took place on March 10, 1949 between Tibet and China by building trenches and barricades. They hope that by winning the war against China, they will win and Tibet will stay the nation it was before and the invasion will be diminished. The war broke out when the Chinese emerged in heavily armed patrols, Tibetans covered the streets and the buildings with signs stating "Tibet for Tibetans" and "We Will Wipe Out the Chinese."

Tibet is united as one so everyone in Tibet joined one another to fight against their beliefs, everyone such as painters, women, carpenters, builders, leatherworkers, painters, and tailors organized themselves into military squads.

On that afternoon, the PLA (People's Liberation Army) began shooting into a private room where the Lama usually stays and then war broke out. PLA was powerful causing thousands of Tibetans to be killed or mildly injured because there was no sight of protection and there was killing zones everywhere. It's terrible to be killed because you believe in a specific religion that you were raised into.Currently, Tibet has no freedom of speech, religion, or press

This graph portrays overall the statistics of how many Tibetan people have been brutally killed by the Chinese Government invasion. The graph has organized the killings of Tibet under the power of China from 1949 to 1979. To a major extent the Chinese Government has really eliminated thousands of Tibetans that it devastates the nation. Proves that Tibet is in need for support from other nations because it is under a huge genocide.

Dalai Lama Current

The Dalai Lama is an inspiring peaceful catalyst, a spiritual leader throughout the world. He has changed the many lives of people of all ages, inspiring them to find their inner peace and prevent any violence from one another. Lama travels the world speaking to people, the purpose of his visits and his activities are to promote his proposal of Tibet Independence. Hoping that his proposal will make people more aware and mindful in reaching out to Tibet with their support.

An exclusive Interview with Dalai Lama reveals all his beliefs. It covers the in depth of who he believes he is to others, his passion, and his commitments. It is a great interview covering the most important most relevant thoughts of Dalai Lama.

Dalai Lama characteristics: Dalai Lama has valuable leadership characteristics that were and are important in the lifestyle he lives in. One leadership characteristic would be he is peaceful. The Dalai Lama from a very young age till now has always been taught the essential of having and finding peace in yourself and through others because of the Buddhist lectures. It is an essential in keeping an open mind and heart with a peaceful outlook when being faced with difficult struggles. The Dalai Lama kept his inner calm spirit even while meeting with the evil Chinese Communist, he realized that they were just humans and he didn't hold any anger in him knowing what they were causing to his homeland. Dalai Lama only held prayers to himself, Tibet, and the Chinese men, from the literatures of Buddhism.

Bravery and courage are major characteristics found within the Dalai Lama going through the hardships of his homeland he faced. The Chinese have reported planning to kill the high Lama at several occasions that the Dalai Lama planned on attending. Although being alerted to remain from those specific occasions, Lama didn't focus on the Chinese, he was willing to attend with no fear of what could have happened to him. It shows a lot because he is not afraid to stand up against his people and for himself, to send out a message to the Tibetan people to not fear of self defending themselves from the Chinese people.

From the devastation of the thousands killings of Tibetan people, it has been the most difficult for the Dalai Lama because one of his focuses were to protect his people. According to the Escape from the Land of Snows, Talty states "the first instinct of his boyhood, the violent sympathy for the weak, returned to him, and the Dalai Lama became enraged."As a young boy Dalai Lama would throw tantrums filled with anger because he would lose a game, he

Throughout the years, thousands of Tibetans have been murdered and Tibet was in misery under China, the Dalai Lama held onto something so powerful in him. He had hope. In the video above it's shown that the Dalai Lama is a man of optimism, he lives off of happiness. The happiness of looking towards the positivity of any situation. During 1949, when Tibet started going downhill Dalai Lama remained with the outlook that one day the nation will reform once again and their culture will remain powerful. Even through the hardships, being optimistic and having hope really changed the perspective of Tibet forever becoming a torn nation.

With the Dalai Lama's guidance and reassurance, the people of Tibet remain to have hope in him and in their culture, religion to once again become the nation it once was. From the hope the Tibetans have in themselves and in Dalai Lama, they still fight and rebel against the Chinese rule.
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