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Dalai Lama shaking Mao’s hand

Dalai Lama shaking Mao’s hand during his visit to China in 1954.

Mao and the Dalai Lama

Collaboration with Communism

For the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Marxism has formed his political framework since the 1950s. The Dalai Lama’s infatuation with Mao can be seen in a remarkable poem he wrote while on his visit to China in 1954. Right up until his flight from Tibet in 1959, the Dalai Lama was working closely with the Chinese. Many Tibetans can remember that in the 1970s the Dalai Lama attempted to start a Tibetan Communist Party with the intention to spread communism amongst the Tibetans in exile.