When Even Winners Faced Defeat: The Dalai Lama Story

ED brings you a brand new ED Original Series: When Even Winners Faced Defeat, where you get a lesser known narrative of inspirational people and the setbacks that came along their path.

So the next time you think that subject you didn’t get good marks in, or that person who didn’t like your picture on Facebook, and want to give up on life. Then just take a look at these people who even after experiencing crushing defeats, came out as winners. Use it as your motivation, as your determination, because success does not come easy.


Dalai Lama is one of the most revered religious figures in the world and is looked upon by one and all.

He is an epitome of peace all over the world. He even received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his genuine and commendable efforts to peacefully reconstitute a unified Tibet from the clutches of China.

But then his life has not been about merry go grounds at all.

Acceptance of Failure

Dalai Lama, in a 2009 interview with NBC’s ‘Today’ program accepted a truth known yet ignored, denied for ages that his Middle Way policy, which sought autonomy from China’s regime for his native country rather than their complete independence, has failed.

Not being able to match his predecessor

Dalai Lama’s predecessor was one of the greatest of his lineage. He had managed Tibetan independence from China in 1912. It was only after 40 years that tensions started bickering and China gained supremacy.

 A Failed Fightback.

Recognized in 1950, the 14th Dalai lama fought against the Chinese but to no avail.

A few years later, the Tibetan people again revolted against the Chinese but it bore no fruit. Dalai Lama fled Tibet as his life was on the line.

It is interesting to note that his two-week march to India from China as it was said, had been screened from Chinese planes by mist and low clouds conjured up by the prayers of Buddhist holy men.

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Under Subjugation for the last 7 Decades

Instead of being China’s Algeria, they have become much more like Hungary and failed to get what they rightfully deserve.

It is a sad commentary that today there are more Tibetans living outside Tibet than in it (1,700,000 to 1,300,000).

The Last Dalai Lama?

The inconsiderate and corrupt Chinese Government has declared that it will select the next Dalai Lama because of which the current 14th Dalai Lama passed a statement that he could be the last Dalai Lama to ever exist.

There is no denying the greatness of Dalai Lama but he would definitely have this regret of not seeing Tibet get autonomy or independence during his lifetime.


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