Dalai Lama Current Affairs - 2019

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Tibetan Activists Mark National Uprising Day

Hundreds of Tibetan activists staged a protest and submitted a memorandum to the Office of United Nations India to mark the 60th anniversary of their National Uprising Day.

National Uprising Day: Tibet

March 10 which commemorates the 1959 Tibetan Uprising is observed as the National Uprising Day by Tibetan activists. On March 10 1959, thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa rising up against Communist China’s occupation of their homeland.

Tibet was invaded by China in 1951. Tibetans had enthroned Dalai Lama, chosen at the age of two in 1937 as the 14th incarnation of Tibetan Buddhism’s supreme religious leader. Coexistence of Beijing authorities and Dalai Lama at the Tibetan plateau led to Tensions.

The Chinese Authorities summoned him to an event without his bodyguards on March 10, Tibetans feared a trap that could endanger their leader. Fearing for the life of Dalai Lama, Tibetans surrounded the Potala Palace, the home of the Dalai Lama, to protect his life and to uphold the cause of Tibetan nation. As Chinese soldiers opened fire thousands of activists lost their life. On the night of March 17, the Dalai Lama escaped into exile across the Himalayas into India.

Delhi government launched Happiness Curriculum for its school students

The Delhi government launched ‘Happiness Curriculum’ which includes meditation, moral values and mental exercises for its school students. It was launched by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the presence of the Dalai Lama.

Happiness Curriculum

The Happiness Curriculum focuses on holistic education by including meditation, value education, and mental exercises in conventional education curriculum. It was designed and prepared by a team of 40 Delhi government teachers, educators and volunteers over period of six months. It involves ‘Happiness’ period of 45 minutes for all students studying in nursery up to class VIII at all Delhi government schools. Each class will begin with 5 minute meditation practice. The curriculum focuses on meditation, moral teachings, and mental exercises, with the aim of turning students into good human being.