The Dalai Lama at 89: Looking Back and Reflecting Toward the Future

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, who describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk, will turn 89 this summer. The Dalai Lama fled the People’s Republic of China for India in March 1959 after PRC troops occupied Tibet. He has been living in exile ever since. As the spiritual leader of Tibet, as well as the Tibetan-in-Exile community, when he dies, his reincarnation will be a religious crisis.

In this combo online book discussion and workshop, we will explore his 1986 autobiography Freedom in Exile where he described his early life, ordination at the 14th Dalai Lama, and how he was forced to flee Tibet. The workshop will also cover content on the current Tibetan diaspora, hopes for the future, and the functioning of the Tibetan-government-in-exile.

Program leaders
Dr. Brian Dowdle, Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, and Mansfield Fellow, University of Montana.
Dr. Lauren Collins, Program Director of Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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