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Lions Roar : July 2017
TENZIN GYATSO BEGAN his formal Buddhist studies at the age of six. He would wake early, meditate with his guardians for an hour, and then study writing and memorize Buddhist scripture. He was assigned four rooms in the Potala Palace, the traditional seat of the Dalai Lamas. It was a soaring, white-walled edifice, 300 years old, with a thousand rooms and ten thousand shrines. It contained precious relics, jewels, treasures, and seven thousand volumes of texts. His family lived in a separate house at the base of the palace, but his brother Lobsang Samden, a year older, had a room near the Dalai Lama’s suite and was his study companion and playmate for several years. After that, Lobsang was sent to a regular school and the pre- adolescent Dalai Lama was left to continue his intensive training alone. “I would read on religious retreat with my elder tutor,” he remem- bers in In Exile from the Land of Snows. “We always sat in a small, dark room at the top of the Potala, with one window facing north. Beneath us lay a road where boys and girls led their families’ cattle to pasture. Each evening the children would return home, herding the animals, and they would always be singing Tibetan opera songs. Then I often wished that I was with them. If I were there, I used to imagine, that would be something truly fantastic.” Even as a young boy he loved to study mechanical objects: watches, toy airplanes, a film projector. He would take them apart and put them together again to see how they worked. He had a Meccano set and built cranes and railroad cars. The Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer was living in Lhasa then, and the young Dalai Lama studied English and watched films with him (among his favorites, a life of Gandhi and Henry V), and grilled him about the Western world. He got to visit his family once a month. Some of his only contact with the ordinary Tibetans of Lhasa came during the annual parade from the Potala Palace to the Norbulingka, two miles away, which marked the beginning of summer. The gathered crowds could hear the Dalai Lama’s nightingales and parrots singing from their cages as he processed in his palanquin. In the Jewel Park of the Norbulingka roamed peacocks, pheasants, and musk deer. There were Tibetan mastiffs, an old tiger, a monkey, camels, and about thirty Canada geese with clipped wings. Earth- enware pots were filled with flowers and rare plants. Tenzin Gyatso, playing at the edge of the lake, nearly drowned twice. It was an occasion of happiness when the motor that generated electric light at the Norbulingka would break: it meant he had an excuse to take it Deepening Faith 1941–1949 The vast Potala Palace—symbol of Tibet but to the young Dalai Lama a cold and impersonal home in which he was isolated from his family and friends his own age. The Dalai Lama at the Norbulingka, where he could enjoy natural beauty and exotic animals and satisfy his curiosity about electricity, engines, and other modern marvels. This photograph was taken by the famous American writer and traveler Lowell Thomas. The young Dalai Lama leaves the Potala to take up residence at the Norbulingka summer palace. This annual parade was almost his only contact with ordinary Tibetans. PHOTOS(CLOCKWISEFROMTOPL):COURTESYOFTHELIVINGHISTORYPROJECT;THEMARISTCOLLEGEARCHIVES;ANDHEINRICHHARRER.TIBET.CA.1949.©ETHNOGRAPHICMUSEUMATTHEU.OFZURICH.VMZ400.09.00.052 LION’S ROAR | JULY 2017 60