The Dalai Lama a Biographical Sketch Essay

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The Dalai Lama a Case Study Anthony Xxxxxxxxx Colorado Technical University The Dalai Lama a Biographical Sketch This study is of Tenzin Gyatso, better known as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, specifically the 14th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is both a religious and political leader as well as being known worldwide as a human rights activist. According to The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (2013),”He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet's Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.” On July 6th, 1935 a baby was born to a Tibetan farming family in the village of Taktser. This child was named Lhamo Thondup, which means “wish fulfilling goddess” Tibetan officials had been sent on a journey to locate the 14 Dalai Lama,. By following a number of signs given them, they located Lhamo Thondup, at age 2, and using a number of tests were able to identify him as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama (The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 2013). It was at the age of 6 that his studies began, and by the age of 25 he had acquired his Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy (The Nobel Foundation, 1989). At age 16, half way through is studies he was required to take control as the temporal leader of Tibet as thus was given his full political power. Over the years, the Dalai Lama’s reputation has preceded him as a scholar, and he is highly recognized as a man of peace. Recently multiple western universities and institutions have bestowed Peace Awards upon hm. He has also been given honorary Doctorate Degrees because of his prolific writings on Buddhist philosophy and his spectacular leadership in the name of peace. He continues to travel the world today giving

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