Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

How did Tenzin Gyatso become the Dali Lama?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    In short, being a Tibetan, HH The Dalai Lama is our spiritual teacher/leader. He is the 14th reincarnated One. FYI: Please spell the name correctly, Dalai Lama (Ocean of Wisdom).

    Dali Lama is what i think a communist Chinese nationalist might call him.

    A Brief Biography

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.

    Education in Tibet

    His Holiness began his monastic education at the age of six. The curriculum consisted of five major and five minor subjects. The major subjects were logic, Tibetan art and culture, Sanskrit, medicine, and Buddhist philosophy which was further divided into a further five categories: Prajnaparimita, the perfection of wisdom; Madhyamika, the philosophy of the middle Way; Vinaya, the canon of monastic discipline; Abidharma, metaphysics; and Pramana, logic and epistemology. The five minor subjects were poetry, music and drama, astrology, motre and phrasing, and synonyms. At 23 he sat for his final examination in the Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, during the annual Monlam (prayer) Festival in 1959. He passed with honours and was awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest-level degree equivalent to a doctorate of Buddhist philosophy.

    Leadership Responsibilities

    In 1950 His Holiness was called upon to assume full political power after China's invasion of Tibet in 1949. In 1954, he went to Beijing for peace talks with Mao Zedong and other Chinese leaders, including Deng Xiaoping and Chou Enlai. But finally, in 1959, with the brutal suppression of the Tibetan national uprising in Lhasa by Chinese troops, His Holiness was forced to escape into exile. Since then he has been living in Dharamsala, northern India, the seat of the Tibetan political administration in exile.

    Since the Chinese invasion, His Holiness has appealed to the United Nations on the question of Tibet. The General Assembly adopted three resolutions on Tibet in 1959, 1961 and 1965.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    When the Dalai Lama dies, the other Lamas wait several years, and then begin to search for the reincarnation of the last Dalai Lama. They find him using supernatural signs and clues, such as dreams, and in the case of the last Dalai Lama his head turned in the direction of where Tenzin Gyatso was. Once they find the Dalai Lama, they give him tests that he must pass, such as identifying objects that belonged to the last Dalai Lama. If the boy who is chosen passes the extensive tests, he is named the next Dalai Lama.

    Source(s): I'm a Tibetan Buddhist
  • 1 decade ago

    He is considered to be the reincarnation of each of the thirteen previous Dalai Lamas of Tibet.

    The previous Dalai Lama died in 1933. The monks of his monastery have a procedure they follow, including signs and visions in their tradition, to identify the next reincarnation. I believe it is the job of the Panchen Lama (another holy man) to lead the search.

    The current Dalai Lama was discovered using this process in a place called Amdo, in North-East Tibet. He was about 2 years old at the time. From this point on he was taken in by the monks and educated and trained for his new position.

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