Lys Anzia – WNN Religion & Belief
(WNN) Dharamsala, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: Standing on top of centuries of history within Tibetan Buddhism the Nobel Peace Laureate known privately as Tenzin Gyatso, and publicly as a monk called His Holiness The Dalai Lama, has once again voiced his controversial wishes that the next choice for the 15th Dalai Lama after his death should be a woman.
In March 10, 2011 the now retired leader of Tibet in Exile moved away from the political arena to focus exclusively on the spiritual welfare of the Tibetan diaspora and the world. Outlining wishes for a brand new approach in the ancient Tibetan tradition of finding and choosing a new Dalai Lama when the old Dalai Lama dies. It does not come as a surprise by many of his supporters that the Dalai Lama is innovative in his approach to the old tradition. The Dalai Lama has been an avid supporter for many years of women who are working for human rights, compassion and a better world.
He joined women’s advocate, author and today’s NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver on stage at the The Women’s Conference 2006 in Long Beach, California (U.S.) saying, “…[women] should take more active role with self-confidence.”
At the Peace Summit held in Vancouver, Canada 3 years later in September 2009 the Dalai Lama said, “The female is more sensitive to other’s pain and suffering. In our time we need a special promotion for human compassion. In that respect [the] female should make a more important role.”
His Holiness echoed these same ideas again most recently on April 23, 2013 in a one-on-one interview with political correspondent Cathy Newman of The Telegraph, a long-standing daily newspaper based in London.
Fleeing Tibet in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama became one of the world’s best known exponents of non-violence. In 1987 he worked toward a proposal called The Five Point Peace Plan for Tibet to help remedy increasing struggles in the region between those living inside China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region and those making policy in the government offices of the PRC – People’s Republic of China in Beijing. The plan outlined using the region as a geographical area that would be a place of safe-keeping of Tibetan culture and history, focusing on peace as an environmental refuge for future generations.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama became a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He ”consistently has opposed the use of violence,” said the Nobel Committee.
“I accept the prize with profound gratitude on behalf of the oppressed everywhere and for all those who struggle for freedom and work for world peace. I accept it as a tribute to the man who founded the modern tradition of nonviolent action for change – Mahatma Gandhi – whose life taught and inspired me. And, of course, I accept it on behalf of the six million Tibetan people, my brave countrymen and women inside Tibet, who have suffered and continue to suffer so much,” said the Dalai Lama as he received his Nobel Prize.
To date 98 Tibetan men and 18 Tibetan women, many who were monks along with nuns and laypersons, have set themselves on fire as a public act of defiance in self-immolation in statements of protests against what they have conveyed are ongoing Chinese government policies in the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
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