The Dalai Lama (People in the News) by Charles George

By Charles George

Profiles the lifetime of instructor, lecturer, spiritual and religious chief, the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

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He told me that he had long been planning this meeting, as he had not been able to think of any other way of becoming acquainted with the outside world. He expected the regent to raise objections, but he was determined to have his own way. . 16 Once their relationship was established, Harrer became one of Tenzin Gyatso’s tutors, seeing him informally once a week. During the next year and a half, the Austrian helped him learn English, informed him about Europe and the recent world war, and helped him repair some of the mechanical objects he possessed, including the generator and three automobiles that had belonged to his predecessor.

He added that the Indian government would bear the expense for the schools. “Finally, he cautioned me that, whilst it was very important for our children to be brought up with a thorough knowledge of their own history and culture, it was vital that they should be conversant with the ways of the modern world. I agreed wholeheartedly. ’”30 India and Beyond 57 On June 20, 1959, the Dalai Lama called another press conference to speak out more strongly against Chinese aggression in Tibet. More than one hundred reporters from all over the world attended.

Conditions became so crowded at the first nursery—with as many as 120 children sharing a room and sometimes sleeping 5 or 6 to a bed—that the Dalai Lama contacted the government of Switzerland about the possibility of sending children there to be adopted by Swiss families. The Swiss government agreed. They also agreed to the Dalai Lama’s stipulation that the children, as far as possible, be given the opportunity to study and maintain their cultural heritage. Older students were sent to Switzerland to study, and one thousand adult refugees also made that European nation their home away from home.

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