A world-renowned spiritual leader, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a “simple Buddhist monk.” In his lectures and tours around the world his compassionate nature visibly touches everyone who meets him.


His Holiness was born on July 6, 1935 to a farming family in the hamlet of Takster in northeastern Tibet. At the age of 2 he was recognized as the incarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, and was designated as the new spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people.


His monastic education began at the age of 6, and at 23 he was awarded the Lharampa degree (the highest level geshe degree, or doctorate of Buddhist philosophy). Since 1959 His Holiness has lived in northern India, where he established a Tibetan Government-in-Exile and has shepherded the exiled Tibetan community toward a modern democracy.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of nonviolence, even in the face of aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.


His Holiness has traveled to more than 62 countries spanning six continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers, and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists. He has authored more than 72 books and received over 84 honorary doctorates, awards, and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, nonviolence, interreligious understanding, universal responsibility, and compassion.


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