1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been seen in the media more than any of his predecessors, which is understandable since his period of reign is much more technologically advanced compared to the others. He has been going to places like Australia, United States, and United Kingdom to give teachings and talks to the followers of his religion. His fight for the independence of Tibet from China is notable. He believes in the sacredness of his religion and the rights of the Tibetans to live independently from China’s rule. Although he is presently living in exile, he is still trying to instill the Tibetan culture and tradition to his followers by establishing the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies.
He has become political in a way due to trying to strengthen his ties with different countries. More recently, there were reports that His Holiness “attempted to incite sabotage of Beijing’s Olympic Games in August 2008” (Telegraph.co.uk, 2008). However, this claim was denied by the Dalai Lama when he stated that “he did not support a boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games” (Thomson Reuters, 2008). While it seems better when His Holiness focuses on his religion and tries to win the independence of his kingdom, this would be impossible because of how the media has improved at this time, which gives him, his religion, and his people more exposure to the world than the previous Dalai Lamas.
2. “Yin/Yang is a symbolic representation of the universe that embodies the concept of change, relationships, patterns, process, or flow from one concept into the other, at all levels of existence” (Diamond, 2000, p.51). One of the areas where yin/yang can be applied is in the field of medicine. Balance is important in a person’s health. There are those who experience too much pain that they would try other untraditional ways just to relieve themselves of the pain. When there is imbalance, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners correct a person’s health through “acupuncture, herbal remedies, exercise, diet, and lifestyle” (aworldofchinesemedicine, n.d.) because these things would restore the balance and health of the person.