I have always been in awe of the Dalai Lama and his pure non-violent way of life pushing peace instead of war not lifting a hand in anger to another living being. When he does lift his hand it is a helping hand that he holds fourth in peace.
Search Party find Future Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama was around three years old when a search party looking for the 14th Dalai Lama was led by a vision to his famiy home. When they encountered him they put down in front of him an assortment of things, some of which belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama. He picked all the things that belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama and then claimed that they where his. He also pointed at one of the monks stating the monastery that this particular monk was from; this was a man the young Dalai Lama had never met before. The search party knew by the actions of the 14th Dalai Lama that they had found their future religious leader. They believed him to be the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. It is pretty amazing what he was able to do at such a young age, it was also told that his father recovered from a deadly illness when he was born.
Taken to the Kumbum Monastery
When they took him from his family he was taken to the Kumbum monastery where his older brother (Lobsang Samten) was already there. It was a very hard time for the young Dalai Lama going to a strange place away from his parents: I can't imagine being too far from my parents and I'm 46 years old! He didn't have a choice as this was his destiny which was considered one of the highest honors in his culture. He was finally reunited with his parents when they all travelled to Lhasa the capital a journey he looks back on fondly. He remembered the beautiful landscape with its wild yaks,nawa, and gawa deers running across the plains. It was a three month journey that he relished and enjoyed, and how could he not surrounded by such natural beauty.
Enthroned at 15yrs. of Age
He was officially enthroned as the temporal leader of Tibet at the tender age of 15yrs. of age. This special day was on November the 17th 1950. At this time the young Dalai Lama was also facing full scale war with China. Things where looking grim at this time for the Tibetans. The Chinese had even sent the Dalai Lama's own brother to convince him to accept the Chinese rule over Tibet. They had instructed his brother that if the Dalai Lama did not agree to this that his brother was to kill him. They told the brother they would reward him if he killed his brother (the Dalai Lama). I can't believe how cold hearted and cruel the Chinese where to try and force his own brother to kill him.
Dalai Lama Reaches Out
The Dalai Lama had tried to reach out for help to the Americans as well as Great Britain; but neither of them seemed too concerned about what would become of Tibet under Chinese rule. This lack of concern about what would become of his country and people really crushed the Dalai Lama; he felt alone and abandoned by the people he reached out to for help.
Dalai Lama goes into Exile
It was decided that the Dalai Lama would have to flee Tibet and go into exile. He and his followers headed to India where they where given refugee status and many Tibetans as well as the Dalai Lama are still living there today in exile. Waiting and hoping that someday China will set Tibet free and allow the Tibetan people to continue to live in their own country in peace.
Give Peace a Chance
We should really think about giving peace a chance rather than continuing to destroy our world we need to save it; time is running out. Let's try extending the olive branch instead of pointing a weapon of destruction at anything or anyone who is different from us. I believe variety is the spice of life; a multi-colored world is much more pleasing to the eye than a blah dull world where everything and everyone are basically the same.
Sending the Dalai Lama Home
I think a great start to extending the olive branch would be to send the Dalai Lama and his fellow Tibetans home. I don't understand why powerful countries of the world won't ban together and persuade China to release Tibet from its grip. Allowing the Dalai Lama to return home where he belongs would be an amazing step in the right direction. It is so sad that we just stood by and allowed the good people of Tibet to be bullied by China and then chased out of their beloved homeland. I am sure if we put our minds together we could right this wrong.