The Role of the Dalai Lama in Tibetan Buddhism


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Dalai Lama

A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, Nadia Cavner spent 23 years in the finance sector. Today, Nadia Cavner focuses on philanthropic work on both the local and global levels, from making yearly donations to the charity Care to Learn in her home state of Missouri to building support for initiatives that benefit the Tibetan people, the plight of whom is often spoken about by the Dalai Lama.

“Dalai Lama” is the title bestowed upon the leader of the Tibetan Buddhist religion, who the group believes is reincarnated into a new body after the death of the previous Dalai Lama. In his 14th manifestation, the Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso, who was recognized as the successor of Thubten Gyatso at two years old.

In his life, the Dalai Lama has three primary responsibilities, or commitments. His first commitment is to promote positive values like tolerance, compassion, and forgiveness; he travels around the world spreading these ideas and explaining their importance. His second is to advocate for harmony among world religions. Lastly, as a Tibetan monk and countryman, he focuses on the preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist history and culture of peace.


Supporting the Dalai Lama and the People of Tibet

Nadia Cavner is a highly charitable individual who currently serves as president of the Nadia Cavner Group in Springfield, Missouri. Her charity work has ranged from volunteering at local soup kitchens to supporting the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Settlement Revitalization Program.

The Dalai Lama is tasked with three primary goals as the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people. The Dalai Lama promotes positive human values, including compassion, tolerance, and self-discipline and, as a religious figure, preaches harmony among all of the world’s major religions. As a Tibetan citizen and political leader, the Dalai Lama works toward preserving the country’s peaceful Buddhist culture and independence.

At present, the people of Tibet struggle to preserve their culture, cannot freely practice their religion, and have no personal or political freedom as part of the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese have made Tibetans second-class citizens in their own country and have caused high rates of poverty and unemployment among native Tibetans. In addition, anyone found to support the Dalai Lama and his teachings face imprisonment and torture.

Concerned individuals can visit, the website of the International Campaign for Tibet and the Tibetan Settlement Revitalization Program. The website offers a variety of opportunities to become involved in the cause, ranging from monetary contributions to local political events.