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Tenzin Gyatso

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

Full Name: Lhamo Dondrub
Profession: 14th Dalai Lama

Nationality: Tibetan

Biography: Spiritual leader of Tibetans.

During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India, where he currently lives as a refugee.

He has since traveled the world, advocating for the welfare of Tibetans and teaching Tibetan Buddhism.

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Born: July 6, 1935
Birthplace: Taktser, Qinghai, China
Age: 86 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1950-12-19 Chinese invasion of Tibet forces the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to flee
  • 1951-05-27 Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing
  • 1951-07-21 Dalai Lama returns to Tibet
  • 1959-03-30 Dalai Lama flees China and is granted political asylum in India
  • 1986-02-02 Dalai Lama meets Pope John Paul II in India
  • 1990-09-30 The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada's capital city of Ottawa.
  • 1995-05-14 Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima 11th reincarnation of Panchen Lama, Tibet's 2nd most senior spiritual leader
  • 2007-10-17 The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal
  • 2014-02-21 US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama
  • 2021-03-06 Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Dharamsala, India and urges others to do so

Quotes by Tenzin Gyatso

  • "If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t slept next to a mosquito."

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