A Deity Goes into Retirement:Tibetans Face Uncertainty in Post-Dalai Lama Era – Spiegel online

By Erich Follath in Dharamsala, India

Photo Gallery: Dalai Lama Embarks on His Next Life

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Axel Martens/ DER SPIEGEL

The Dalai Lama has officially retired from politics, claiming he wants to live as a “simple monk.” It’s a watershed moment for Tibet, amid fears of Chinese meddling and controversy over the new generation of leaders. Meanwhile the Chinese authorities continue to brutally crack down on protests by Tibetan monks.

He certainly doesn’t want to end up like the Queen. “With all due respect, and she’s a very nice lady in person, but having to recite bad speeches written by someone else? It’s not for me,” says the 14th Dalai Lama, known among the faithful as “Ocean of Wisdom” and “Buddha of Compassion.” He dabs at beads of sweat on his forehead, careful not to endanger a fly that has landed there. “I would feel like a puppet.”

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