Dalai Lama Gandhi Research Paper

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Gandhian and Tibetans known for their non-violence means during the independent movement.
Dalai Lama (Fourteenth), the spiritual leader of Tibetan, not only once show his appreciation to Gandhi and asked Tibetan to learn form the Gandhian’s moves. While Gandhian openly announce their support to the Tibetan’s movement.

Having been adopted by so many people (Dr. Martin Luther King in the United States, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko in South Africa, and Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar.Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, etc), is the Gandhian way as Dalai Lama’s wish, being adoptable on Tibetan? In the modern era of globalization, what are their attitude and way in reacting to the social change? Does the way, like XXX
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Self-rule, autonomy and independence

Religions vs Politics
Tibetan and Gandhian’s beliefs are highly influenced by their religion.

Gandhi believes that religion equals to politics. “I could not be leading a religious life unless I identify myself with the whole of mankind and that I could not do unless I took part in politics.” He actively approach different religion and philosophical reading, this let him have his own thinking while leading a spiritual life. For example, he introduced the cancellation of caste system which does not compatible with Hinduism

While for Dalai Lama, though he also thinks that politics and religion are interrelated, religion always prioritized before any of their action. “If a bodhisattva feels with some certainty that by taking an active part in politics he or she can bring about a great change within the community or society, than that bodhisattva should definitely engage in politics.”

Such difference apart from showing their attitudes, also influencing the flexibility of their belief and the decision in the movement.


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For Tibetan, the non-violence is supporting two premises in Buddhism: 1. as sentient being, no human being wants suffering, 2. suffering originates from the causes that lie in humanity’s ignorance. 
Together with the two principle Dalai Lama interpreted from the Buddhism: 1. all phenomena are interdependent, 2, leading a non-violent and non-harming way of life.”
In fact, the armed resistance has been existing before 1974, the first non-violent protest was not initiated by Dalai Lama, but three monks in a new wave of demonstration in 1987 September to against the reeducation of Chinese government. One of their self-imposed rule is “to be non-violent, even when threatened with death.” It is said that, “The violent resistance offered by Tibetan against the Chinese has often been overlooked, particularly by Westerner who are attracted by the non-violent, or Shangri-la-rist, image of the Tibetan Movement.” “This image has been perpetuated by the Tibetan government in exile, who are aware that a non-violent struggle lends itself to more favorable public
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