"In recent weeks we have witnessed remarkable non-violent struggles for freedom and democracy in various parts of North Africa and elsewhere. I am a firm believer in non-violence and people-power and these events have shown once again that determined non-violent action can indeed bring about positive change." HH the 14th Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama Steps Down as Tibet's Political Leader | Parade.com May you have long life and continue to benefit sentient beings! It's not surprising this annnouncement comes just after Tibetan New Year.