1998-01-15 - South Florida Sun Sentinel - A God in Exile

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A od in exile if V" I - I H; Wa Vs. , ' ., ,. vv' J J ) vv;- vv;- "V;.""'''- ' AP file photo Modem man without a country: the Dalai Lama in a 1996 portrait By JOHN KENNEDY George Magazine ollywood has an unlikely new hero. He abhors violence. He eschews material attachments. And he has been celibate for all his 62 years. But the man who is the inspiration for two re-, re-, re-, cent major films (Seven Years in Tibet, with Brad Pitt, and Martin Scorsese's Kundun, after one of the Dalai Lama's titles, opening in South Florida on Friday) has far more important things on his mind than celluloid immortality. immortality. He is the religious and political leader of the Tibetan Tibetan people and a larger-than-life larger-than-life larger-than-life larger-than-life larger-than-life symbol of their resistance to the Chinese occupation of their homeland. He is also a Nobel laureate, the 14th Dalai Lama and the man his followers followers believe to be a living form of Buddha. After the 13th Dalai Lama's death, a series of omens had pointed the search party to Tenzin Gyatso's village of Takster. The head of the deceased Dalai Lama had turned east in its coffin while the body lay in state; a rare fungus had suddenly grown on the east side of a sacred pillar; and the name of the young successor's village village had appeared to the interim head monk in a dream. But it was not until the child picked out a number of relics that had belonged to his predecessor including a walking stick, a pair of spectacles and a toy drum from a jumble of worthless look-alikes look-alikes look-alikes that his divinity was confirmed. With that, he took up residence in the holy city of Lhasa to begin years of study and reflection in preparation for his ascent to the seat of the Dalai Lama once he reached maturity. In 1950, the Chinese invaded Tibet Tibet in search of land and raw materials. materials. The occupying troops of the new People's Liberation Army (PLA) had another mandate, as well: to liberate Tibet from the "poison" of religion, which Mao believed had kept the country in a semifeudal state. In 1959, after years of escalating humiliations humiliations and atrocities at the hands of the Chinese, Tibetans in Lhasa rebelled, only to be ruthlessly suppressed by the Chinese. The Dalai Lama, along with a few bodyguards and other lamas, fled across the icy passes of the Himalayas and eventually took up residence in Dharamsala, India. The Dalai Lama maintains a public relations campaign on behalf of his cause that is perhaps unparalleled anywhere anywhere else in the world. Q. What are you hopeful for in the short term for Tibet? A. In the short term? (Chuckles) Nothing! Beijing has closed the door completely on any negotiations. So we can do nothing except appeal to our friends in the U.S. the government and some individuals for help. But in the long run, I am optimistic. As time passes, with a more open society the truth will be harder to hide. PLEASE SEE DALAI LAMA 8E Tibet's Dalai Lama reflects on four decades of exile and two new movies about his life. Buddhism calls to many Westerners Faith's teachings predate Christianity by four centuries. By JAMES D. DAVIS Religion Editor Beastie Boy punk-rapper punk-rapper punk-rapper Adam Yauch raps in praise of enlightenment. Buddhist monks pronounce pronounce Steven Seagal a reincarnation reincarnation of a revered leader. Richard Gere founds Tibet House in New York along with a religion scholar. Phil Jackson does Zen when not coaching the Chicago Bulls. The East has come West, yet again, and pop culture is echoing it. . The 1997 film Seven Years in Tibet had a German explorer befriend the young Dalai Lama. Kundun, directed directed by Martin Scorsese and opening locally on Friday, looks at Tibet through the young god-emperor's god-emperor's god-emperor's god-emperor's eyes. Books have followed suit. Harp-erSanFrancisco Harp-erSanFrancisco Harp-erSanFrancisco has reissued three seminal American works: Essential Tibetan Buddhism, by Columbia University scholar Robert Thur-man; Thur-man; Thur-man; The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Tibetan-born Tibetan-born Tibetan-born lecturer So-gyal So-gyal So-gyal Rinpoche; and The Jew in the Lotus, poet Roger Kamenetz's account account of a historic meeting of rabbis rabbis with the Dalai Lama in 1990. The online bookstore amazon.com lists 50 best-sellers best-sellers best-sellers on Buddhism in print. The United States, in fact, is home to an estimated 2 million to PLEASE SEE BUDDHISM 8E V "FT t r-f r-f r-f V r7 In Kundun, the future Dalai Lama, played by Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, studies with Ling Rinpoche (Tenzin Trinley). Touchstone Pictures photoMARIO TURSI

Clipped from South Florida Sun Sentinel15 Jan 1998, ThuMain EditionPage 73

South Florida Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)15 Jan 1998, ThuMain EditionPage 73
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