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The XIV Dalai Lama

Posted by shadmia on October 16, 2006

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I was shocked to see this video of Chinese soldiers killing Tibetan pilgrims on a journey to see Tenzin Gyatso, the XIV Dalai Lama, in India. It was taken by a Romanian TV cameraman in the Himalayas. It shows Chinese soldiers using these pilgrims for target practice and killing them in cold blood.

This is just another manifestation of the Chinese government’s brutal repression of the Tibetan people. In 1959 they occupied the country and forced the Dalai Lama into exile. Ever since then he has been a unwavering voice against the oppression of his people.

The XIV Dalai Lama is the Head of State and Spiritual Leader of Tibet. He is probably one of the most recognised world leaders. He has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan people and been very outspoken against injustice in the world. He has received numerous awards and honors from dozens of countries and, of course, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989

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Tenzin Gyatso was born in 1935 in the village of Taktser, Tibet. At the age of three he was declared to be the fourteenth reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. He became the Tibetan Head of State in 1950. After the Tibetan National Uprising against the Chinese in 1959, he was forced into exile in India. He still lives there today and has established a Tibetan government in exile. He has travelled extensively throughout the world to highlight the situation of the Tibetan people. He is also an author of several books. In response to the question: “How do you view yourself?” his reply is:

I always consider myself as a simple Buddhist monk. I feel that is the real me. I feel that the Dalai Lama as a temporal ruler is a man-made institution. As long as the people accept the Dalai Lama, they will accept me. But being a monk is something which belongs to me. No one can change that. Deep down inside, I always consider myself a monk, even in my dreams. So naturally I feel myself as more of a religious person.

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He shows the genuine humility of a Great Man. See more at his Official Website.

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