- Title: Profile of Dalai Lama, ahead of his 85th birthday
- Date: 9th June 2020
- Summary: The Dalai Lama left India's foothill town of Dharamsala for a health check-up in the United States in January 2016. Speaking at the airport, he said he had a minor problem in his eye but was not ill otherwise. DHARAMSALA, INDIA (FILE - JANUARY 19, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) DALAI LAMA STEPPING OUT OF HIS CAR AS HE IS HELPED BY TIBETAN PRIME MINISTER-IN-EXILE, LOBSANG SANGAY DALAI LAMA BLESSING A SECURITY GUARD AT THE AIRPORT AS SANGAY AND OTHERS LOOK ON DALAI LAMA LEAVING WITH SANGAY AND OTHERS The Dalai Lama made a public appearance in February 2019, when he held a teaching session for a group of followers from around the world in Dharamsala. DHARAMSALA, INDIA (FILE - FEBRUARY 23, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) DALAI LAMA WALKING TOWARDS ALTER PEOPLE SEATED ON FLOOR VARIOUS OF DALAI LAMA ADDRESSING THE CROWDS
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- Keywords: 60th anniversary China Chinese rule Dalai lama India Nobel Peace Prize Tibet religious freedom uprising
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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is to turn 85 on July 6.
Born Lhamo Thondup, the Dalai Lama was just two years old when identified by a search party as the new incarnation of Tibet's most important spiritual leader, and was whisked from the family home to live in Lhasa. He was officially enthroned in February 1940.
The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in early 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, lives in exile in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala.
The 84-year-old spiritual leader was faced with a health scare in April of 2019 and was admitted to hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi with a chest infection, but later reassured his followers of a full recovery.
Many of the up to 100,000 Tibetans living in India are worried that their fight for a genuinely autonomous homeland would end with the Dalai Lama.
China, which took control of Tibet in 1950, brands the Nobel peace laureate a dangerous separatist and has said its leaders have the right to approve the Dalai Lama's successor, as a legacy inherited from China's emperors.
But many Tibetans - whose tradition holds that the soul of a senior Buddhist monk is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death - suspect any Chinese role as a ploy to exert influence on the community.
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