We often take our knowledge of famous people for granted. However, the process of reputation construction is far from being a plain and straightforward process. We often neglect consciously or unconsciously the basis of the reputation and do little to investigate the sources and accuracy of reputations. So, I’m going to discuss the reputation of the Dalai Lama through analysis him in Tibet, China and the West and look at some of the different roles that he plays.
Now we discuss the reputation of the Dalai Lama in Tibet. The fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet , Tenzin Gyatso is famous across the world ,but he comes from a unique culture. He is supreme commander of the Tibetan Buddhists and represents the spiritual , political and worldly leadership…show more content… China was considered him the leader of a separatist insurgency. In addition ,we will talk about the Dalia Lama’s reputation in West .In the West he is usually presented in largely positive terms , often as a wise follower of peaceful resistance ,but the regime of the People’s Republic of China (PRC)sees him as an enemy and accuses him of hypocrisy .
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The factors that have contributed to the Dalai Lama’s fame and reputation.
The Dalia Lama’s reputation in West is based on the kinds of qualities that won him the Nobel Prize , but it is enhanced by the fact that Buddhism in enjoying a high profile. It is associated in many people’s minds with the allure of the Orient and linked with a positive notion of ‘spirituality’. Without knowing too much about it, western people assume that Buddhism is a model for peacefulness and wisdom. In the case of the invasion Tibetans ,has coincided with the…show more content… This is the longing or desire that keeps them trudging from life to life and repeat birth and death over and over .The Dalai Lama apparently a wise and compassionate man, but for the Tibetans that is a valuable bonus; he would still be the Dalia Lama if he did not have these personal qualities ,and he would still attract their devotion and respect because he is the Dalai Lama. We turn next to the Dalai Lama’s reputation as a ‘ god-king’ . The term ‘god-king’ portrays something of the political role of the Dalai Lamas. Before, Dalai Lamas did fulfill a kingly role, and although they are not considered to be gods but Buddhist, it is easy to see how the combination of political power and extraordinary religious status led to this reputation. Dalai Lama means something like ‘Ocean of Wisdom’. In Tibetan, lama is also closely related to the word for mother, which gives a nurturing dimension to the role as a religious teacher.
In this paragraph we argued whether myth and history(truth)can happily coexist in the process of reputation construction as applies to the Dalai Lama’s case. Myth is a distortion that cannot be supported by evidence ,whereas history(truth) is an account of the past that is based on a careful interpretation of evidence .Both myth and truth represent attempts to bring order to the world and to supply meaning to circumstances that can otherwise