This morning the Washington Post reported that the Dalai Lama has announced a timeline for transitioning his political power to an elected
official within Tibet’s exile government. His resolution was undoubtedly met with resistance and sunken hearts by the Tibetan people, who have long regarded the Dalai Lama as both their spiritual and political leader.
Like a parent who realizes the time has come to let his children stand on their own, I feel the Dalai Lama realizes that allowing his people to do so is crucial for Tibet’s continued political and spiritual evolution.
I am grateful to His Holiness for the light he shines, and wish he and his people joy and peace in the wake of this transition.