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Who’s at the door, today? OMG! It’s Dalai Lama!!!

Today, its just about the Dalai Lama culture which evolved in Tibet!

Karma Pakshi, the 2nd Karmapa was the head of Karma Kagyu, the largest sub-school of the Tibetan Buddhism school Kagyu. On his death bed, he wrote a will to protect Karma Kagyu by advising his disciples to find a boy to continue the lineage. That boy is then considered as a reincarnation of their master and is trained and made the next Karmapa. All the other Tibetan Buddhism schools also started following this teacher incarnation (Tulka).

The Potala palace in Lhasa, Tibet was once the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until 14th Dalai Lama fled to India. It now serves as world heritage and museum.

Tulka selection Process:

There are two levels of selection – Identification and Confirmation.

The High Lamas go to their sacred lake Lhamo La-tso to medidate and they identify based on the visions they get. They may also decide based on dreams. They believe that while cremating one Dalai Lama, the direction of the smoke will indicate the direction of the new prospect.

Once a prospect is identified, he is provided a set of artifacts which includes objects used by the previous Dalai Lama. If he picks an artifact used by previous Dalai Lama, he is confirmed to be the reincarnation. If there are too many prospects, a public lot would decide who is the next Dalai Lama.

The first Dalai Lama was Gendun Drup.

14th Dalai Lama:


The current 14th Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso, who was recognised in 1937 and enthroned in 1950. He was recognised as an incarnation when he correctly picked the artifacts of the 13th Dalai Lama, claiming it as his own toys. Currently he is in exile in India due to the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion. He, then, established the Government of Tibet in Exile in Dharamsala and helped in the settlement of the refugees who followed him to India. When asked about his next incarnation, he suggested that it can be even a woman, which has never happened before in the Dalai Lama history!

What do you think about this Dalai Lama culture? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Have a good one! 😀


Who’s at the door, today? OMG, It’s Aung San Suu Kyi!!!

Do you know who’s at the door, today?

Aung San Suu Kyi visit to Berlin, Germany - 10 Apr 2014

Yes, one of the most powerful women, Aung San Suu Kyi!

Aung San Suu Kyi was born on 19 June 1945 in Yangon. Her father Aung San, who was the prime minister of Burma when it was under the control of British by that time, was assasinated by the rivals in 1945. Her mother, Khin Kyi, was appointed as the Burmese Ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960. Suu Kyi obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford in 1969. She married Aris in 1972 and had two children.

In 1988, Suu Kyi returned from Burma and was shocked to see the iron-fisted rule of the dictator U Ne Win. He had resigned his post of party chairman and had handed over the country to military Junta. Yet, he was secretly behind every action in the country. She began protesting him for democracy and to preserve human rights. The Union of Myanmar, the military government of Burma, identified her and placed her under house arrest, cutting off all the communications she had with the outside world. They gave her an opportunity to be free, if she agreed to leave the country. But, she bravely turned it down, insisting on the release of the country from the Junta government.

In 1990, a parliamentary election was held and the National League for Democracy (NLD), with which Suu Kyi was associated, won more than 80% of the parliamentary seats. But, the Junta government blindly ignored the results. In 1995, Suu Kyi was released from the house arrest and she boldly continued her support for the NLD. She founded a representative committee, three years later, and proclaimed that it is the country’s legitimate ruling body. For her actions, she was once again kept in house arrest from September 2000 to May 2002.

In 2003, the NLD protested the government in the streets and Suu Kyi was again kept in house arrest, this time renewing her sentence every year. In May 2009, when she was about to be released, she was accused with the crime of allowing an intruder into her home and hence her sentence continued. The Myanmar government placed new rules for election, in fear that Suu Kyi would participate in the elections. One of the laws was that convicted criminals are not allowed to participate in elections and another law that barred anyone who has got married to a foreign national (as her husband was an English).

In support of Suu Kyi, the NLD refused to register for the elections and hence the government won it without any opposition. Six days later when she was released, the NLD re-registered as a political party. In January 2012, she registered for a seat in parliament and successfully won it on April 1, 2012.

She has won a number of awards including the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1991. Aung San Suu Kyi was no normal person. She didn’t have much chance to live a normal life, as most of her lifetime had been in a house arrest. There are so many things, we could learn from her – Boldness, Determination and Perseverance. A woman, really, can do anything!

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