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Tibet's exiled religious and secular chief describes his early life, the chinese language invasion of Tibet, and the way exiled Tibetans have rebuilt their lives, and explains Tibetan Buddhism together with his philosophy of peace.

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I see it now as being like the bond between a kitten or some small animal and the person who feeds it. I sometimes think that the act o f bringing food is one o f the basic roots o f all relationships. Immediately after my induction as a novice monk, I began to receive my primary education. This consisted solely o f learning to read. Lobsang Samten and I were both taught together. I remember our schoolrooms (one at the Potala and one at the Norbulingka) very well. On opposite walls hung two whips, a yellow silk one and a leather one.

I also came to know that he had twice been forced into exile by foreign invaders - first by the British, who sent in an army under the command o f Colonel Younghusband in 1903, and secondly by the Manchus in 1910. In the first case, the British withdrew o f their own accord, but in the second, the Manchu army was forcibly ejected during the winter o f 1911-12. My predecessor also took a great interest in modern technology. Amongst the things he imported to Tibet were an electrical generat­ ing plant, a mint for producing both coins and Tibet’s first paper currency, and three cars.

He also THE LION TH RON E '—' 39 helped me with my English, which I had recently begun to study with one o f my officials. I already knew the alphabet, which I had had translated into Tibetan phonetics, and was eager to learn more. Harrer assisted me in a number o f practical ways as well. For example, he helped me with the generator that was presented to me along with the electrical projector. It had turned out to be very old and sick. I have often wondered whether the British officials did not keep the generator intended for my use and pass on their own old one to me!

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