His Holiness the Dalai Lama
*March 10, 2009*
On this 50th Anniversary of the takeover by China,
that sent the Dalai Lama into exile,
Tibetans still remain hostages of the Chinese.
The Dalai Lama says “China makes life Hell for Tibetans”.
In an unbroken chain that began in 1391,
The 14th Dalai Lama was born in 1935, recognized at age 2,
enthroned at age five and then began the long
period of traditional training at the age of six.
Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet
Photo credit: Philip Roelli
The Dalai Lama took full political power at sixteen after
Lhasa, the Capital of Tibet was invaded by China.
In 1959, the country was overtaken by brutal military force and
His Holiness was given Political asylum in India, where he
has remained in exile with his fellow Tibetans since 1960.
Tibetan Elder praying in Lhasa
Photo credit: Luca Galuzzi
In 1989 the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize for
a lifetime of work on behalf of helpless refugees worldwide,
who like Tibetans, struggle for Peace every day of their lives.
During his long term in exile, His Holiness has become an
International traveler with visits to more than 45 Countries.
These visits whether to a head of state, or a small local College,
usually create great excitement and are quickly sold out.
The Dalai Lama’s speaking engagements are booked
nearly 7 years in advance and have included,
he is asking China to do the right thing in Tibet.
Monks protesting in Lhasa
The Friends of Tibet and World Tibet Day were created to
make the world aware of the plight of the Tibetan people and
of others who seek to help return Tibetans to the autonomy they seek.
A fairly accurate quasi-documentary film about the early years
of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese overthrow of Tibet is:
Seven Years in Tibet with Brad Pitt.
A beautiful selection of photographs by the UK Telegraph
captures the life of His Holiness:
His Holiness is reported on by the Vancouver Sun:
Be sure to watch the Video!