Recently the Dalai Lama celebrated his 82nd birthday. He may be getting on in age, but he still represents the best we have in humanity.
The Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader and a global figure. Not only does he represent the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism, but he travels the world speaking on critical issues including the environment, non-violence and human rights. In 1989 he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his leading cause, the Tibetan people’s struggle of liberation.
Lhamo Thondup was born in a farming area of Tibet. He was chosen as the 14th Dalai Lama by a search party of monks at the age of two. After an examination he was taken to Potala Palace in Lhasa to be educated in his faith and installed in his office. At the time China was attempting to annex parts of Tibet. The Dalai Lame, who was young and idealistic, obtained a promise that Tibetan government and Buddhism would be maintained under the Chinese rulership. Tibet, which was poor compared to the larger and modern countries of the world, was always self-sufficient and politically independent. The people of Tibet hopelessly resisted having no desire to be assimilated. The situation became so politically dangerous that the Dalai Lama fled to India where he was granted asylum. In Dharamsala he established an encampment which has housed thousands of Tibetan emigrants and prepared them to move on to other parts of the world.
#76 SAT CAN
July 6, 1935
The 14th Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama was born on a Saturday in the sign of Cancer. This makes Saturn his INNER ruler and the Moon his OUTER ruler. Having Saturn as his Day Ray makes for a strong, serious character. The Moon influencing the Sun Sign adds the qualities of flexibility and fluidity to his nature. Saturn and the Moon together in a Dayology signature creates an odd mixture of hard and soft, which are easily observed within the major decisions of the Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama is no stranger to difficulty. He was being taught the tenets of Buddhism when other children were playing in sandboxes. He took on the highest office of his country as a teen and soon found himself pushed around by hostile invaders. He fled the county of his birth and created a safe space in India for Tibetan emigrants and Tibetan cultural resources. Again and again he has appealed to the United Nations for the rights of the Tibetan people. As the leader of his faith he appears OUTWARDLY complaint and endures INWARDLY while the world allows China to occupy Tibet and desecrates its sacred nature.
The extraordinary quality of the Dalai Lama’s personality is compassion. His ability to empathize and nurture originates from the energies of his Cancer Moon. Whereas the same dire events in another life could justifiably create depression or anger, they have only spurred the Dalai Lama to be forgiving to all and hopeful for new solutions.