14th Dalai Lama

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The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (T. bstan 'dzin rgya mtsho བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ་) is the current holder of the Dalai Lama incarnation lineage within Tibetan Buddhism.

The 14th Dalai Lama was born in Taktser village, Amdo, Tibet[1] and was selected as the tulku of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937 and formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939.[2] His enthronement ceremony as the Dalai Lama was held in Lhasa on 22 February 1940, and he eventually assumed full temporal (political) duties on 17 November 1950, at the age of 15.

The 14th Dalai served as the temporal leader of Tibet until 1959, when he fled to India after a failed uprising against the the Chinese Communist occupation of Tibet. In India, he served as the leader of the Central Tibetan Administration (the government for the Tibetans in exile) from 1960 until 2011, at which time he retired from his temporal leadership role.[3]

The Dalai Lama continues in his role as a spiritual leader for the Tibetan people. He is also recognized as a spiritual teacher throughout the world.

The 14th Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He has traveled the world and has spoken about the welfare of Tibetans, environment, economics, women's rights, non-violence, interfaith dialogue, physics, astronomy, Buddhism and science, and cognitive neuroscience, along with various topics of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist teachings. His primary residence is in Dharamsala, India.


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    Description: His Holiness the Dalai Lama is interviewed by Richard Quest of CNN at his residence in Dharamsala, India on January 28th, 2006. This video is the complete interview, only part of which was broadcast on CNN. Video courtesy of CNN (www.dalailama.com)

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  1. "From Birth to Exile | The Office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama". Dalailama.com. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  2. "Chronology of Events". The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Office of the Dalai Lama. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  3. "His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Remarks on Retirement – March 19th, 2011". 19 March 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 

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