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The current Dalai Lama formally enthroned
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
The current Dalai Lama, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso (b 1935), was formally enthroned on November 17, 1950, during the Chinese invasion of Tibet.
The Dalai Lama is a religious figure in Tibetan Buddhism. He is its highest spiritual teacher of the Gelugpa school.
„Dalai” is original from Mongolian which means „ocean” and „Lama” is original from Tibetan which means „the highest principle”.
A new Dalai Lama is said to be the re-born old Dalai Lama. The line goes back to 1391.
Between the 17th century and 1959, the Dalai Lama was the head of the Tibetan government.
In 1959, the Dalai Lama had to flee from Tibet to Dharamsala, India. This is still his base today.
In 1989 the Dalai Lama was awarded the Noble Peace Prize for his work. He accepted it „on behalf of the oppressed everywhere and all those who struggle for freedom and work for world peace and the people of Tibet.”