The Dalai Lama at a glance

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

  • Born Lhamo Dhondup in the village of Taktser in Amdo province on July 6, 1935
  • Recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937
  • Enthroned in 1940
  • Named temporal leader in 1950
  • Completed the Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy in 1959
  • Fled to exile in India in 1959, with 80,000 Tibetan refugees who followed His Holiness into exile
  • Awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1989 for rejecting violence and for advocating “peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people”

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