Who is Dalai Lama?
Dalai Lama means “ocean of wisdom”. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and is the temporal ruler of Tibet. In other words, we can say the Dalai Lama is the title of a leader who represents Tibet, but there are several factors on which a person becomes the Dalai Lama.
Interesting facts about
Whenever a Dalai Lama dies, the community of senior monks searches for the new baby born around the same time to make that boy the new Dalai Lama. There are several ways to find the new Dalai Lama like a monk may dream about the new Dalai Lama’s location or Yamdrok Yumtso Lake gives the monks indication that where we can find the new Dalai Lama. The third and last method is to follow the smoke from the burned body of the Dalai Lama.
After finding the boy, senior monks take the final decision is made by showing the boy belongings of the previous Dalai Lama. If the boy selects the true belongings, senior monks consider that boy to be the new Dalai Lama.
Current Dalai Lama Facts
Currently “Lhamo Thondup” is the 14th Dalai Lama. It took four years to find the new Dalai lama. Lhamo Thondup, A.K.A Tenzin Gyatso, was selected as Dalai Lama when he was just two years old with the help of the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake method. He was born on July 6, 1935, to a farmer family in a small village at Tibet. That’s why the Dalai Lama’s family spoke the Northeastern Amdo dialect which is distinguishable from the Lhasa dialect.
When he was born, he didn’t cry, and his eyes were open. When he was born, a pair of crows came to roost on the roof of his house. His mother gave birth to 16 children, and he grew up with just six siblings. Unfortunately, others weren’t able to survive.
Dalai Lama went to the Potala Palace in 1940. There, at the age of six, his training was started to become the leader of Tibet.
Here are Dalai Lama facts for kids as these facts will bring some change in the life of kids. As a kid, his favourite game was to play with two white mice, which used to sneak into the room and disturb him while training. His hobbies were to do meditation, gardening, and apart from these, collecting and repairing watches.
The Dalai Lama was fascinated by science. He had an interest in machines since he was a young boy. In his teenage, once Dalai Lama repaired a movie projector by himself, without any guide or instruction. He had a lot of interest in the machinery. Dalai Lama once said in an interview that if he had not become a monk, he would have loved to become an engineer.
In 1950, China invaded Tibet. In the same year, everyone assumed the Dalai Lama to be the leader, who had all power over Tibet. It was a big responsibility as he was just 15 years old. On March 10 1959, the Dalai Lama got the invitation from the general Chang Chu military commander in Lhasa for seeing a performance of a Chinese dance troupe.
It sounded a friendly invitation, but later there was another message that says, the Dalai Lama has to come alone without any soldier with him. Now it was clear that it was a trap, the Dalai Lama was in danger. His people were so concerned about him that on the day of the performance, a lot of them gathered around his residence, Potala palace to protect him.
There was nothing that the Dalai Lama could do. His closest advisors gave him the advice to escape from Tibet. On March 17, he escaped at night with some cabinet members, some soldiers, and his family. The little group of the Dalai Lama moved to the south to the Indian border.
After some hours, the Chinese army invaded the Potala palace as they thought. It was a devastating moment for Tibetan; in fact, the exciting thing was that they were running for their lives without knowing where they are heading.
The Dalai Lama group was heading to India on foot. They were travelling at night to avoid being seen by the Chinese. For two weeks there was no sign of the leader Dalai Lama and his people. Everyone started thinking that the Chinese killed him.
On March 30, in the evening after so much struggle, the Dalai Lama and his group finally entered India. Later he wrote a letter to the prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The Dalai Lama wrote Nehru about him and his people’s condition, he wrote how the Chinese invaded Tibet and left no place for them to stay. Therefore, they need help and wanted Nehru to show some kindness.
As we know the greatness and kindness of Jawaharlal Nehru, he immediately took action. The Dalai Lama and his party came to India and Indians ensured them safety. Soon there were 80,000 Tibetan refugees; many Tibetans followed their leader and reached India. They started living in Dharamshala also known as “Little Lhasa” because of the sizeable Tibetan population, which is in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Indian government granted Dalai Lama’s requirements. The Dalai Lama is so thankful that he has shown gratitude towards India in many interviews.
Dalai Lama Fun Facts
In Buddhism, the monks are allowed to eat pork, chicken, and fish. They believe that no one should kill animals on their behalf. Most of the Buddhist monks haven’t tasted meat in their entire life. The fun fact about the Dalai Lama is that despite this, the 14th Dalai Lama has a habit of eating meat. He stays vegetarian in Dharamshala but tastes outside like when offered by his host. In 1960, the Dalai Lama tried to become vegetarian but had to give up because Dalai Lama got sick with hepatitis. Therefore, he continued to be a non-vegetarian, but he compromises by staying vegetarian while he is in Dharamshala.
Dalai Lama the great leader
The most interesting fact about the Dalai Lama is that he has dedicated his life to benefiting humanity. In 1989, he even got the Nobel peace prize for his nonviolent efforts for the liberation of Tibet and his concern for global environmental problems. Soon he was famous around the world and now concerts around the world invite him for his excellent speech. He has over 18.5 million followers on twitter, which makes clear how effective his statements are. The Dalai Lama mainly gives a speech about how to stop violence and live in peace, how to face problems in our lives, and how to make our world a better place to live. The 14th Dalai Lama is 86 years old, and he is lives the most extended life among other Dalai Lamas.
Fact about “Kundun”, the Dalai Lama movie
Martin Charles Scorsese is an Italian and American filmmaker, actor, and also a historian. But he is mostly known as a famous filmmaker. As the Dalai Lama was already getting famous around the world, in 1997, a movie was released “Kundun”, which was directed by Martin Charles Scorsese.
The film was about the true story of the 14th Dalai Lama; it shows how much Tibet suffered from the cruelty of the Chinese. The movie was a hit; the audience liked it. But the Chinese government wasn’t happy with the film at all as it shows how the cruel Chinese were against Tibetan.
To show how unhappy they were with the movie, the Chinese government banned Martin Charles Scorsese and several other members of the production forever, to enter their country. In 1995, the Chinese government kidnapped the successor of the Panchen Lama, which was chosen by the Dalai Lama. The Panchen Lama is the second spiritual leader of Tibetan after the Dalai Lama.
On May 14 1995, the 14th Dalai Lama chose a six-year-old boy named Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the 11th incarnation of the Panchen Lama. Still, just after three days, the successor of Panchen Lama and his family were kidnapped by the Chinese government. Then the Chinese government chose their own (Chinese boy) six years old boy for the Panchen Lama.
It has been 24 years. Panchen Lama is still missing. Now the Chinese government wanted the next Dalai Lama to be from China. But the Dalai Lama said that maybe the next Dalai Lama could be found in India, where he lives in exile for 60 years. Dalai Lama added that if the Chinese government chose their own Dalai Lama, it should not be respected. The Dalai Lama said that at the age of 90, he would decide whether he should reincarnate or not. Dalai Lama has a dream that the world becomes a happy family in this century truly.
Once in an interview, the Dalai Lama was asked what the purpose of his life. His reply was, “To be Happy”.