Dalai Lama Beliefs

Decent Essays
Tibet is located to the south-west of China, bordering India, Nepal, Burma and Bhutan. Originally, Tibet was made up of 3 provinces: U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo. The mainstream religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism, different than regular Buddhism. Tibet was ruled by the Dalai Lama, a political and spiritual leader for the Tibetans. The practices of Tibetan Buddhism are part of the Tibetan people’s culture and are incorporated into their everyday life. This way of life is one that values all beings on Earth and is followed by very few people around the globe. Today, Tibet is not governed by the Dalai Lama, and the practice of Tibetan Buddhism is diminishing. On October 9, 1950, China invaded the country of Tibet. The Chinese, under communist rule, overthrew the Dalai Lama as a political leader. Since then, the Tibetan people have set up a government-in-exile that still helps with some Tibetan problems. The Chinese, however, are the ones who own Tibet’s borders and control the government. The people who live there, influenced by the…show more content…
He is right below the Dalai Lama’s position in Tibetan Buddhism. He also plays a key role in selecting the next Dalai Lama and in some of the same political areas the Dalai Lama handles. The Panchen Lama is chosen by dreams, omens, and the Dalai Lama’s approval. The 11th Panchen Lama, currently Gyaincain Norbu, was not selected under these terms. When Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was selected as the true 11th Panchen Lama, the Chinese chose to select out of a golden urn. Three to five names were placed in this urn, and from them Gyaincain Norbu’s name was drawn. Almost immediately, the Dalai Lama rejected this method and choice of Panchen Lama. On the 17th of May, 1995, the Chinese abducted Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the Dalai Lama’s choice, and has been missing for more than 20 years. The Chinese government has stated that Gedhun is living a normal life, but they have not provided his
Get Access