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Dalai Lama - Politics and Religion

Updated on March 5, 2013
With President Bush (public domain)
With President Bush (public domain)

A Lifelong Calling and Mission

The Dalai Lama of Tibet works with a mission to increase the recognition of human rights around the world, for every human being. In addition, he seeks religious harmony and understanding along world religions; he wishes people to focus on the similarities of the religions, most of which want peace.

He wishes also that traditions of religions be respected by other religions, believing himself that multiple religions are necessary in a world of peoples.

His third life's purpose, as it were, is to establish recognition of human rights and freedoms in Tibet.

In March of 1959, the Dalai Lama was invited by some Chinese Officials to join them at an entertainment event. He was then sent a list of conditions for the event, including not having any Tibetan military personnel with him.

After performing religious questionings as per tradition, the Dalai Lama disguised himself as a foot-soldier on March 17 (St. Patrick's Day in the West, interestingly) and fled Tibet in order to thwart a capture and possible execution.

"An Open Heart." Compassion.

Ongoing Political Conflict

The Dalai Lama of Tibet has long criticized China politically for its stances of "unimaginable and gross' human rights violations" against Tibet and its peoples.

The Dalai Lama was exiled and fled to India and Pakistan in 1949 after unsuccessfully standing against Chinese invasion of Tibet. Some political analysts concluded that the Dalai Lama increased his political criticism of China in order to help bring down the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Forty-nine years after his exile, the Dalai Lama upgraded his verbal attacks, severely scolded China in speeches in Dharamsala, India and elsewhere: "For nearly six decades, Tibetans have had to live in a state of constant fear under Chinese repression."

On the other hand, Chinese officials maintained in 2008 that the Dalai Lama wished to destroy the success of August 2008 Beijing Summer Games in retaliation for his defeat in Tibet and exile to India and Pakistan.

Some officials claimed that the Dalai Lama is the head of a coalition of conspiracies perpetrated in an attempt to prevent the Summer Games form occurring. However, no particulars or details were given. No such uprising occurred.

While the Dalai Lama maintains in the 2010s that he no longer wants independence for Tibet, he seeks a larger religious and political independence for the country. However, some Chinese officials claim that he wants both to provide independence from China for Tibet and to ruin projects like the Beijing Olympics in a bid to gain sympathy for his political and religious cause.

Dalai Lama Speaks at Woodstock

Tibetan Culture. Tribute to the Dalai Lama.

Movie: Tears of Tibet


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      sync life 

      7 years ago

      Enjoyed your article about this amazing leader. On his recent visit to the antipodean part of the world, to my knowledge he did not speak of not wanting liberation for Tibet. He did speak of the benefits of his living in exile all these years, as having been of more use to Tibetans and others around the world; a greater purpose than if he had been sitting amongst all the pomp and ceremony of his role in Tibet. He said life would have been much more serious for him.

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      9 years ago

      is the Dalai Lama a democrat?

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for the additional information, tonyL.

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      10 years ago

      2500 years ago Gautama Sakyamuni Buddha gave up his luxurious and powerful princely position inorder to pursue the ultimate truth. He had remained impoverish and steadfast to this ideal - a sacrifice that had enabled him to achieve great pure enlightenment.

      gautama gave up "politics" so to speak but dalai lama seems to indulge and embroil what is dalai lama really up to - enlightenment or mudslinging?apparently i have just made a post on my site about this issue on DL. feel free to visit :

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for another perspective, goldenmala; now people who read this will have more information upon which to make up their own minds.

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      10 years ago

      Below is a link to a documentary about the Dalai Lama that give rise to questions about his mixing of politics and religion. Is the Dalai Lama a religious dictator?

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you all for the lovely comments. I enjoy it very much when each of you visit my Hubs. I am always blessed by each of your comments.

      People who have visited both the Dalai Lama and Pope John Paul II have stated that when they approached either gentleman, they felt as if they were standing at the portal to heaven and the eternal. I believe it.

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      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      I really enjoyed this. The Dalai Lama is a real inspiration. He reminds me so much of Ghandi.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Great Hub Patty! The Dalai Lama's teachings have been an inspiration for me it seems like forever. It's my life long secret wish to travel to Nepal and get closer and to experience some of his teachings upclose.

      Great HUB as always regards Zsuzsy

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Very interesting. I read this yesterday when you first posted it. But it definitely merits a second read. Nice work, Patty!


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