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Dalai Lama's Prayer to Chairman Mao

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Hymn to Mao

This is the hymn to Chairman Mao that the present Dalai Lama wrote in 1954. The original, in the Dalai Lama's own handwriting, hangs in the Buddhist Temple of Broad Charity in Beijing. This reproduction is from Anna Louise Strong's 'Tibetan Interviews'. These verses of adulation do not give the impression of someone unhappy with the Chinese presence in Tibet – quite the opposite! The sentiments expressed go far beyond protocol, revealing instead a genuine admiration for Mao and a heartfelt conviction that communism could release his people from their ‘shackles and darkness’.

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