Essay on Why Is the Dalai Lama Living in Exile?

1963 Words Aug 8th, 2010 8 Pages
The Dalai Lama is Tibet’s leading political and spiritual leader, who was forced to leave his homeland in 1959 due to the unrest caused by the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949. The Dalai Lama is very important to Tibetan society, he is revered as the supreme leader of Tibet, as he is believed to embody the ideals of Buddhism that govern Tibetan society. The Chinese occupation of Tibet and their aggressive and hostile actions have made it a dangerous place for the Dalai Lama. The Chinese invasion has had a dramatic impact on Tibet’s society, it has lead to the death of over one million Tibetans and the destruction of land and sacred sites.
The Dalai Lama has been honoured as the supreme leader of the Tibetan people both spiritually and as
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The Dalai Lama has been living in exile since 1959, because the Chinese occupation of Tibet makes it unsafe for him to live there. On 10th March 1959 a General of China extended an invitation to the Tibetan leader to attend a theatrical show by a Chinese dance group. The invitation was repeated with new conditions that no Tibetan soldiers were to accompany the Dalai Lama and that his bodyguards were to be unarmed, an acute anxiety befell the Lhasa populace and they became very suspicious that the Chinese were planning to kill their leader. This caused a major uprising in Tibet and soon a crowd of tens of thousands of Tibetans gathered around the Norbulingka Palace, where the Dalai Lama was staying, determined to prevent any threat to his life.
This spontaneous demonstration of protection was one of the key factors in the Dalai Lamas decision to leave. The crowds made the Chinese angry and they began to suspect that the Dalai Lama might try to flee the country, so he had to act quickly. On 17 March 1959 during a consultation with Nechung Oracle, the State Oracle of Tibet, He was given clear instruction to leave the country. The Oracle's decision was further confirmed when a divinity carried out by The Dalai Lama produced the same answer. A few minutes before ten o'clock the Dalai Lama, now disguised as a common soldier, slipped past the huge crowd of people along with a small escort and met

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