By Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-; Talty, Stephan; Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-, Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935

Files the Dalai Lama's flight from Tibet to India in 1959, describing the violent rebellion in Lhasa among Tibetan rebels and chinese language occupiers and the near-death incidents that the Buddhist non secular chief endured.

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When the caravan arrived at a village along the route, hundreds or thousands of Tibetans often waited, thronging the road and asking for his blessing, causing the four-year-old to break into tears. ” Still days away from the capital, the boy shed his peasant clothes for the last time and was dressed in the maroon-and-gold robes of a Buddhist monk. Then the Mendel Tensum was performed, in which the boy was presented with a reliquary, a scripture, and a statuette of the Buddha of Long Life, gifts appropriate to a high lama.

He made friends with the mice who came to steal the food left as offerings for the Buddha. m. breakfast, the Dalai Lama and his brother Lobsang were given their lessons together, beginning with reading and memorization of Buddhist texts. The Dalai Lama was trained through the traditional Tibetan methods. First, he was taught to read and then to write (including a very exacting course in penmanship, divided into training in one script for writing manuscripts and in another for official communications and private letters).

He knew that freedom of the kind he had tasted only briefly in his life was impossible in Tibet. Even without the occupation, Lhasa for a young Dalai Lama was often a dark and suffocating passageway. He didn’t wish to leave, nor was it even clear that he could if he wanted to. Some 40,000 Chinese troops were stationed in and around Lhasa, and he’d have to be spirited past their patrols. And if he did flee, Tibet, in a way, vanished from Tibet. He was central to every Tibetan’s sense of his or her own life in a way that no other leader, not even Mao in China—Mao, who was finally revealing himself in these horrible days—could equal.

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