How do they choose the Dalai Lama?

The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and he used to be in charge of governing Tibet. Like all Dalai Lamas he was chosen for the role as a child. But how can you tell if a toddler would make a good head monk? And how come the current Dalai Lama isn't even allowed to live in Tibet any more?

By: The OpenLearn team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 5 mins
  • Updated Monday 2nd November 2009
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Religious Studies
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The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and he used to be in charge of governing Tibet. Like all Dalai Lamas he was chosen for the role as a child. But how can you tell if a toddler would make a good head monk? And how come the current Dalai Lama isn't even allowed to live in Tibet any more?

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