Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Past Dalai Lamas

"Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold". What The 14 Dalai Lama means by that quote is that we should address the issue of how people are living. We cannot just say that people are living in peace are are happy if they are dying of hunger and are too cold to survive.

  • Gendun Drup was the very first Dalai Lama
  • He lived during the years 1391–1474
  • Drubpa founded two major monasteries, Drepung and Tashillhunpo In 1447, Gendun Drup founded the great monastery of Tashilhunpo at Shigatse, which later became the seat of the Panchen Lamas
  • Gendun Drup had no political power. It was in the hands of viceroys such as the Sakyas, the prince of Tsang, and the Mongolian Khan
  • He remained the abbot of Tashilhunpo Monastery until he died while meditating in 1474 at the age of 84
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  • Another pas Lalai Lama was Thubten Gyatso
  • Gyatso lived from 1876–1933
  • He died in 1933 at age 57. His was enthronement was in 1978
  • On December 1908, when he returned to Tibet he began reorganizing the government, but the Qing sent a military expedition of its own to Tibet during 1910 and he had to flee to India
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  1. "Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold." Wars do nothing for the people around the world dying of starvation or cold. I agree if we want peace we must focus on our living brothers in real trouble not the ones we are fighting in other countries. If the US spent less on wars and more on helping the homeless in our country we could see a big change. It seems like the llamas are very brave and spiritual people.

  2. I had never heard about the previous Dalai Lamas before. It seems that we never learn about some cultures in history class. I think it is sad that most of our history classes center around US.