Dalai Lama to retire as political head of exiled movement
The Dalai Lama attends a ceremony Thursday in India, marking the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
March 9th, 2011
11:12 PM ET

Dalai Lama to retire as political head of exiled movement

The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, announced Thursday his plan to retire as political head of the exiled movement, according to his website.

"Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people," he said.

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  1. me too


    March 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • gopher

      I said, "Hey Lama..."

      March 10, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. me too


    March 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joshua

    uh... he's not supposed to do this.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike R

    God bless that peaceful man. A great example to the heirs of a throne that are not elected by the people, where the powers of government belong. Lama is a true king among the peace-loving...

    March 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      OK. But which God?

      March 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeremy

    Didn't know him being a spiritual man was a job.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • AdHominus

      Did you read the article? It said he was retiring as the political leader of Tibet, not Buddhism.

      March 10, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. slipheart

    He will be missed and he will still be around and in our hearts.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DeadWhalesFromTriton

    I'll take it from here Mr. Lama.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr.Tong

    Effectively, this is the end of Tibetan feudalism. What remains are some historic artifacts and Tibetan religious literature. And that's enough.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Daedalus

      All thing pass in their time, but I can't say that I care one way or another... Tibet is not significant in the world of Realpolitik.

      March 10, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sean

    I have no respect for a person who needs to be referred to as "his Holiness"

    that is all.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • EuphoricCrest

      Not true. Liang Wudi asked, "What is the highest meaning of the holy truths?"
      Bodhidharma answered, "Emptiness without holiness."

      March 10, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Welcome to Reality

      You don't respect President Obama???

      March 10, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Chanah

      Must not be a kneeler either you anal-retentive moron. What about the Pope?

      March 10, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Josh

    So I checked the website and unless I'm missing something, it says nothing of the sort. "Believe nothing, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own judgement and reason"

    March 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      This is a sad day for Tibet. Let's hope a strong leader will step forward. The Dalai Lama will comings to be a spiritual beacon inn the dark of political Chinese domination.

      March 13, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. what a coward

    i wish i never bought his book

    March 10, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • EuphoricCrest

      "There is nothing in the triple world." (Panshan) Therefore, your book does not exist and your wish is fulfilled.

      March 10, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @What a Coward, Why don't you go to fight with P.R.China? He knows that no other countries would support him. Everyone out else there bow down to China.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. SoldierofFortune

    He heard Sarah Palin was coming to visit him so he made a fast exit from having to deal with the woman...lol...

    March 10, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • jared

      bring your blogs!!!!!

      March 10, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Josh

    After further inspection I stand corrected. As the enlightened one he surely knows better than any of us.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Munroe-1

    He lost his brother to a car clipping down in Florida? Or was it in Georgia while trecking a long march for a fund raiser? His late brother had $1,000,000.00 piece of property just in Indiana town, alone. Maybe there are factors surrounding his brother's death not mentioned to us gullible Americans. However, it seems they are quite wealthy as a family even before his late, brother's children, were helped with a "trust-fund" fund raiser. Perhaps his health is failing or he feels he has found peace with where he has decided to retire.
    Most men to their cause cause in life, never really do retire completely. Like my late grandad; they usually are doing good for others until they pass over to the last realm as a bird.

    Many blessings upon your new life with your transfigured brother and your extended family. Men as your self, serve as an inspiration to men as my self. I have always believed in using peace and projecting strong, powerful energy to those leaders in need, as I have done for Sen. Giffords. I was so pleased when she started singing "Twinkle-twinkle little star!"

    March 10, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. krozareq

    The Dalai Lama shall once again be Tenzin Gyatso. There are a large number of Yellow Hat (the Tibetan branch of the Dalai Lama) Tibetans in northern India. May they find a leader just as worthy.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
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