The historical heads of the dge-lugs-pa (pronounced gelukpa) sect of Tibetan Buddhism, who were described by two French Jesuits in 1661 as, "devilish God-the-father who puts to death such as refuse to adore him". The Dalai Lama, while today is known as the 'exiled leader of Tibet', gained his right to rule in Tibet during the rule of the "Great Fifth" Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso, from China in 1653 from emperor Shunzhi of the Qing Dynasty.
The 14th Dalai Lama, while said to be in 'exile', fled China when the Chinese tried to dismantle his autocratic semi-independent state and liberate his people.
Though many liberals venerate the Dalai Lama as a symbol of peace and tolerance, his underlying motives of segregating Tibet once more from the outside world show his true intentions.
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