Tibet: The Rise And Fall Of The Dalai Lama

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Prior to China’s invasion in 1950, Tibet maintained a unique culture, religion and language for centuries. The country was first inhabited by modern humans 15,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest settlements in the world and although much has changed in Tibet since then, their culture and national identity has remained inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism since the 8th Century.
But all that took a turn for the worst in 1950 when China invaded Tibet, defeated the smaller Tibetan armies and forced the nation to give up its independence. Then, after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tibet’s most respected man and the nation’s political and spiritual leader) fled into exile in India, followed by thousands of Tibetans.
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One of the ways that China ensures its control over Tibet is by controlling the Tibetan Buddhism religion.
The Panchen Lama is one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, second only to the Dalai Lama himself. The Panchen Lama’s role is to study and train to be an outstanding Buddhist monk and then to, one day, replace the Dalai Lama when he
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