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"Attitudes to Dalai Lama" Tibet Local Custom Tip by Maria81

Tibet Local Customs: 111 reviews and 171 photos

  The 14th Dalai Lama
by Maria81

Westerners are typically recommended not to carry pictures or books by Dalai Lama - any display of these is illegal in Tibet and will not be looked upon kindly by the Chinese authorities. The same applies to pictures of the original 11th Panchen Lama.

In line with the prohibition, you will not see any of their pictures on the walls. For example, the Tibetan family house we visited had only the photo of a previous, 10th Panchen Lama, and the 13th Dalai Lama. Along with a poster of Mao...

It's inevitable, however, if you travel with a local Tibetan guide, that you will be asked about Dalai Lama - whether you can show a picture, whether you heard him speak, read any books (especially if your guide is of a younger generation, as I noticed - older generation in their 50s is more careful). I found it was fine to answer questions at this point - especially if you trust the guide. For them it's often the only way to find out

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  • Written Sep 30, 2011
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