Recently the Dalai Lama celebrated his 82nd birthday. He may be getting on in age, you wouldn’t know from his actions and attitude. 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 foremost 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 and the Dalai Lame, who was young and idealistic, obtained a promise that the Tibetan government and Buddhism would be maintained under the Chinese rulership. Tibet, while being poor compared to the larger and modern countries of the world, was always self-sufficient and politically independent. The people of Tibet ended up resisting the Chinese occupation because they had no desire to be assimilated. The situation became so personally dangerous for the Dalai Lama that he 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.
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 the Day Ray makes for a strong and serious character. The Moon ruling his Sun Sign adds the qualities of flexibility and fluidity to the personality Saturn and the Moon together in a Dayology signature creates an odd mixture of hard and soft. These opposites are easily discerned within the private and public natures 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 held the highest office of his country as a teenager and shortly thereafter found himself pushed around by hostile invaders. He fled the county of his birth and established a safe space in India for Tibetan emigrants and their cultural resources. Again and again he has appealed to the United Nations for the rights of the Tibetan people. He endures INWARDLY while for 50 years the world has allowed China to occupy Tibet.
The extraordinary quality of the Dalai Lama’s personality is compassion. His ability to empathize and nurture originates from the energies of the 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. That is his blessed mission.