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Tibet The End of Time The video I watched last week was a video from Time Life that discussed the culture and history of Tibet a vast yet remote land surrounded on all sides by the 5-mile high Himalayan Mountains The video covered the overall religious beliefs of Tibet as well as the rise and fall of the civilization over the years The religion celebrated by Tibetans is Buddhism a religion founded upon the teachings of Buddha Sakayamuni ca 560-480 BCE which aimed to reduce suffering and to ultimately escape the bondage of rebirth The Tibetans believe that the cycle of life follows three distinct phases birth death and rebirth - the soul follows this cycle each time entering a new body to live the next chapter of the souls life They also believe that the behavior of the soul in one life determines the body it will inhabit in the next life - if one leads an ill life the soul may return in the body of some lowly animal whereas if the life is favorably lived the soul may return as royalty In their religion the Tibetan Buddhists believe that over the past 600 years their leader has died 13 times each time returning in a new body They call their leader the Dalai Lama which means ocean of wisdom As the god-king of Tibet the Dalai Lama instructs his people on how to live their lives through the Buddhist religion The current Dalai Lama or Tenzin Gyatso was born on July 6 1935 recognized as the 14th reincarnation of the Dalai Lama two years later and was enthroned on February 22 1940 at the young age of 4 In order to prepare to lead the people of Tibetan Buddhism properly the Dalai Lama endured extensive education not only on the religion itself but several other areas of study In 1989 the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize The citation read
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