Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Religious Leader

1935 –


Who is Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama?

The 14th Dalai Lama is the 14th and current Dalai Lama, as well as the longest lived incumbent. Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.

The Dalai Lama was born in Taktser, Qinghai, and was selected as the rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama two years later, although he was only formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama on 17 November 1950, at the age of 15. The Gelug school's government administered an area roughly corresponding to the Tibet Autonomous Region just as the nascent People's Republic of China wished to assert central control over it. There is a dispute over whether the respective governments reached an agreement for a joint Chinese-Tibetan administration.

During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Dalai Lama fled to India, where he denounced the People's Republic and established a Tibetan government in exile. He has since traveled the world, advocating for the welfare of Tibetans, teaching Tibetan Buddhism and talking about the importance of compassion as the source of a happy life. Around the world, institutions face pressure from China not to accept him. He has spoken about the environment, economics, women's rights, non-violence, interfaith dialog, physics, astronomy, reproductive health, and sexuality, along with various Mahayana and Vajrayana topics.

Famous Quotes:

  • Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
  • We need to learn how to want what we have NOT to have what we want in order to get steady and stable Happiness

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Jul 6, 1935
Also known as
  • Dalai Lama XIV
  • Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso
  • Lhamo Dondrub
  • Tenzin Gyatso
  • Darai Rama 14-sei
  • The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
  • His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama
  • H.H. Tenzin Gyatso
  • 14. Dalai-Lama
  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Buddhism
  • Tibetan people
  • China
  • Republic of China
Lived in
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

on July 23, 2013


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