September 22, 2005

Dalai Lama in Idaho

Dialogue takes a look back at the 2005 visit by the Dalai Lama to the Gem State. The exiled leader of Tibet and Nobel Peace Prize winner was in Idaho for five days meeting with a variety of people. Marcia Franklin talks about the effect of the Dalai Lama's visit with several people who met him. She will also show clips from several of his talks.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Born Lhamo Dhondrub in 1935 to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are considered to be the manifestations of the Bodhisattva (Buddha) of Compassion, who choose to reincarnate to serve the people.

On November 17, 1950, the Dalai Lama assumed full political power of his people after the Chinese Army invaded Tibet. In 1959 he and 80,000 Tibetan refugees fled to India. In 1989, after years of peaceful attempts to restore an independent Tibet, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he accepted on behalf of all oppressed peoples.