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Trinh T. Minh-ha

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271092

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271092.001.0001

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Trinh T. Minh-ha

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This chapter expands on the subject of the Dalai Lama. It first returns to this book's core theme, lovecidal, or “love suicided,” in describing the actions of the self-immolators. At the core of the testimonies and notes they left behind is the call for life-affirming actions—that is, for the protection of Tibetan cultural identity and for solidarity among Tibetan people in determining their destiny. Two of the wishes voiced almost unanimously were: the return of the Dalai Lama and the freedom of Tibet. Though the Dalai Lama is highly regarded within and outside of Tibet, the chapter shows a different side to the man—a self-described “simple Buddhist monk” as eager to open dialogues with schoolchildren as he is with heads of state.

Keywords:   Tibet, China, Dalai Lama, self-immolation, life-affirming actions, lovecidal, Tibetan cultural identity, Tibetan people, Buddhism

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