Tibetan government headed by the Dalai
Lama was ordered dissolved by Communist
Chinese Premier Chou
En-lai on March 28, 1959, and the
Dalai Lama was forced to flee. He reached
sanctuary in India on March 31 at the
Chutangmu checkpoint on the
Tibetan-Indian frontier. On April 13 the
Indian Foreign Ministry announced that
the Dalai Lama would be given a residence
in Mussoorie, a former resort in the
Himalayan foothills 150 miles northeast
of New Delhi.
Left: The Dalai Lama
blesses followers who fled with him from
Tibet to India.
Right: The Dalai Lama using both
modern microphones and ancient religious
objects to conduct anniversary
observances on Buddha's birthday.
Dalai Lama visited the United States for
seven weeks beginning in September 1979.
Throughout his tour he spoke of love,
compassion, and tolerance of others, as
well as his hope that he may someday be
able to return to Tibet.
Dalai Lama and Terence Cardinal Cooke
(both seated) celebrate an interfaith
service in St.
Patrick's Cathedral in New
York City, New York, on September 5.