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Dalai Lama gives up political role, remains Tibetan spiritual leader
May 31st, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Dalai Lama gives up political role, remains Tibetan spiritual leader

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

New Delhi (CNN) - The Dalai Lama has formally relinquished his political and administrative powers, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The Tibetan spiritual leader approved amendments to the exiled constitution to enable him to devolve his political responsibilities into the community's elected leadership and judiciary, according to officials.

Lobsang Choedak, a spokesman for the exiled Tibetan government, said the changes were carried out during a three-day session of its parliament in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala, India. The Dalai Lama approved them Sunday.

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Filed under: Dalai Lama • India • Politics • Tibet

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. James Black

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig&w=640&h=360]

    June 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  2. Adelina

    Mr.Dalai Lama, please grant religious freedom for all Tibetans. That's what an honest man, a man of conscience would do. You need Jesus. Otherwise, you'll be just used by the hedonists in the West to weaken the communist China to continue barbarism.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • AndyB

      Please leave Jesus out of Tibet. They have plenty of their own problems that he can't solve.

      June 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Adelina

      Andy, that's why they need Jesus. With the Bible and proper systematic education from it, anyone can be as great as your Founding Fathers or Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr. Liberty for Tibet can come only through Judeo-Christian values.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • David

      "Liberty for Tibet can come only through Judeo-Christian values." Wow. I can't tell if thats deep or off the deep end. It's a really exclusionary statement, so I'll go with the latter. Although he reads a lot, I doubt the Dalai Lama will be seeing your comment, and I think you know that as well. Stop trolling CNN.

      June 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Adelina

      David, I'm writing for ignorant Americans like you. Learn the world history and current affairs and read the Bible. Truth is exclusive and true.

      June 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Robert

      I'm not even Christian and I'll place money on the fact that I have in all likelihood read and understand more of the bible than you have. Your post is typical Christian propaganda, filled with far too much pride toward yourself and far too much conceit toward the religions and beliefs of others. It's as Voltaire said... "Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men”

      June 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  3. twosetsofbooks

    Now it is imperative that he finally speak out against and Anti-Semitic Coalition headed by the United Nations that hides behind the "interfaith" and "interreligious" movement. Every other faith leader of good conscience has backed out. It has dwindled down to a dangerous club and I salute him for finally leaving. http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/05/breaking-top-secret-new-age-cult-in.html

    May 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  4. John Richardson

    Now if all the other religious leaders would give up their political power and aspirations to political power!

    May 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Adelina

      That'll be a perfect anarchy of amorality. Atheists should shut up.

      June 2, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • Robert

      I absolutely agree. These Hypocritical self-important Christian types need to leave politics and do what they do best... read and promote fairy tales, declaring themselves the most righteous, while they molest children and spread their religious views through fear.

      June 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  5. Zeb

    Free Tibet!

    May 31, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  6. Reality

    From Sam Harris:

    " It is true that many exponents of Buddhism, most notably the Dalai Lama, have been remarkably willing to enrich (and even constrain) their view of the world through dialogue with modern science. But the fact that the Dalai Lama regularly meets with Western scientists to discuss the nature of the mind does not mean that Buddhism, or Tibetan Buddhism, or even the Dalai Lama’s own lineage, is uncontaminated by religious dogmatism.

    Indeed, there are ideas within Buddhism that are so incredible as to render the dogma of the vir-gin birth plausible by comparison. No one is served by a mode of discourse that treats such pre-literate notions as integral to our evolving dis-course about the nature of the human mind. Among Western Buddhists, there are college-educated men and women who apparently believe that Guru Rinpoche was actually born from a lotus. This is not the spiritual breakthrough that civilization has been waiting for these many centuries."

    http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/response-to-controversy2

    May 31, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Robert

      Your point?

      June 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
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