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The Dalai Lama’s visit to Dallas will be just days before his 80th birthday on July 6 – a birthdate that he shares with former President George W. Bush. In honor of the occasion, His Holiness will speak at 1:30 pm on July 1, 2015, at Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX, in a special appearance presented by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, SMU, and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. The Crow Collection of Asian Art serves as a community partner for this historic event titled A Conversation with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
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What is a “Dalai Lama”?
The Dalai Lama is the head of the dominant Dge-lugs-pa (Yellow Hat) order of Tibetan Buddhism and was for many generations the spiritual and political head of Tibet. There have been 14 Dalai Lamas so far, all of whom are believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. These beloved bodhisattvas (Buddhas-to-be) are said to have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.
Who is the current Dalai Lama?
Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama, was born on July 6, 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. He began his monastic education at the age of six and was eventually awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest-level degree, which is equivalent to a doctorate of Buddhist philosophy.
In 1989, His Holiness received the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet, which has been under China’s control since 1949. In 1959, the Dalai Lama was forced into exile and has lived in Dharamsala in northern India since then. He has consistently advocated policies of nonviolence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
What does the Dalai Lama do?
The Dalai Lama has three main commitments:
- To promote human values or secular ethics such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and self-discipline, recognizing that all human beings are the same.
- To promote religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions by teaching that all religions have the potential for good and should be respected.
- To preserve the Tibetan Buddhist culture of peace and nonviolence.
In 2011, His Holiness sent a letter to the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies (Tibetan Parliament in exile) requesting them to devolve him of his temporal (political) power. This historic announcement brought an end to the dual spiritual and political authority of the Dalai Lama and reverted to the previous tradition of the first four Dalai Lamas being only the spiritual leader of Tibet. He continues to live in exile in India.