Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dalai Lama to Retire as Exiled Govt. Head of Tibet; Viewed by Tibetans as a Reincarnation of Buddha

The Dalai Lama announced yesterday that he will retire as the political leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile, the Sky News website reports today (March 10, 2011).

The Dalai is the most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, and is in fact regarded by most Tibetans as a living reincarnation of Buddha.

Within days, he will give up his role as leader of the exiled Tibetan community, to be replaced by a democratically-elected prime minister.

The Dalai, 76, fled China in 1959, after a Tibetan revolt against Chinese rule. He took up residence in Dharamsala in India -- now home to a 5,000-strong Tibetan community, as well as the Tibetan government-in-exile.

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