Dalai Lama Essay

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Some people consider the Dalai Lama one of the most influential people in the entire world. Starting in a small one-story house in rural Tibet, as a very young boy the Dalai Lama spoke only a broken Chinese dialect with his family. He made a great change in himself after it was discovered, at age 2 that he was destined to become the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. The Dalai Lama is said to be the country's supreme ruler and renowned spiritual leader, admired by the people of Tibet. His main goal is to preserve Tibetan Buddhist teachings and the Tibetan way of life. As of today, he has toured over 46 nations and once had over 80,000 followers. Amazingly, he only started from a humble house in Takster, Tibet.
On July 6th, 1935, Lhamo Döndrub was born 5th of 16 children in a small farming village. He was one of the lucky sons of Choekyong and Diki Tsering, because only nine of the sixteen children survived, and he was blessed to be one of them. He grew up speaking a broken Chinese dialect that was very uncommon near his residence. Around the time when Döndrub was two years old, the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso had passed away. According to legend, the 13th Dalai Lama's deceased body was facing southeast originally, but had suddenly changed positions to the northeast by a mysterious force. The regent, Reting Rinpoche, supposedly had a vision that the 13th Dalai Lama's body was pointing to his reincarnated soul. This directed people to the young Döndrub's parents' one story house with distinctive gutters and tiling.
As a test, to see if this toddler was the next Dalai Lama, he was given an assortment of toys and other objects; some belonging to the Dalai Lama, some not. Unbelievably, the child was correct when he shouted, "That's mine!" to a toy he saw, as they all were correctly identified as Gyatso's. Once recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama, at age 6 he began his monastic education and had his name changed to Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, which means Holy Lord, Compassionate, Ocean of Wisdom, and many more divine connotations. On November 17th, 1950, at age 15, Gyatso was enthroned formally as the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, a very high and respectable position in Tibetan government. As Dalai Lama, Gyatso made many new accomplishments in power.
Unlike other Dalai Lamas, Gyatso was the first to travel to the West, and spread his peaceful teachings of Buddhism to the Western world. However, in Tibet, under military pressure, he ratified a Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet in 1951, as China had forcefully taken over Tibet in 1950. In September 1954, he traveled to the Chinese capital with the 10th Panchen Lama, the 2nd highest-ranking Lama to assemble with Mao Zedong, a political theorist and communist leader. There he attended the first session of the National People's Congress as a delegate, mostly conversing about China's constitution. Gyatso was later selected as a deputy chairman of the Standing...

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