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His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, serves as the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the people of Tibet. Check out some amazing facts about this man!

  • Dalai Lama was born on 6 July 1935, on Taktser, Tibet.

  • At age five, his Holiness was taken to a monastery in Kumbum, Tibet to begin his monastic training.
  • In Mongolian Dalai means ocean and b-Lama (b is silent)  means teacher.
    Dalai Lama

    “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways–either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.” -Dalai Lama

  • Dalai Lama is an outspoken international advocate for a variety of issues, a major one being environmental concern.
  • He believes the world’s religions should have harmonious relationships with each other.
  • In 1973, His Holiness met Pope Paul VI in Vatican City. Since then, he visited Pope John Paul II on numerous occasions.
  • Dalai Lama thinks that the purpose of life is to be happy.
  • The Dalai Lama’s take on abortion is not a very rigid one.
  • His Holiness’s hobbies include meditating, gardening, and repairing watches.
  • On the economic front, His Holiness has firm belief in true Marxist policy and not those practiced by certain countries.
  • The Dalai Lama has conducted numerous teaching activities across various institutions in the US.
  • The great monk has plenty of celebrity admirers, including Richard Gere, Steven Seagal and Carmen Electra.
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the proud recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award.
  • His Holiness won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his work.
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