Dalai Lama

One of the world's greatest Leaders

By Liam Walker

What He does and has done for the world

  • The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935 to peasants in Taktser, a village in northeastern Tibet. He was one of five children in the family.
  • He was found by Tibetan monks when he was 2 years old. The monks tested the boy to see if he was the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. He passed the tests and had physical traits that the monks were looking for such as moles in certain places and long ears. At 2, he was renamed Tenzin Gyatso, took the throne at age 4 and became a monk at age 6.
  • The Dalai Lama grew up in Tibet's thousand-year-old Potala Palace in Lhasa. But he has lived in exile in India since the Chinese Army crushed an uprising in his homeland in 1959.
  • In 1989, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for his work advocating nonviolent means to free Tibet from China.
  • His Holiness's hobbies include meditating, gardening, and repairing watches.
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Famous Quotes

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

Contact the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Mailing address:
The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Thekchen Choeling
P.O. McLeod Ganj
Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) 176219