14th Dalai Lama

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Tenzin Gyatso
Standard Tibetan: བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ
Wylie transliteration: bstan 'dzin rgya mtsho
Tibetan pronunciation: [tɛ̃ ́tsĩ càtsʰo]
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Religion Tibetan Buddhism
Known for 14th Dalai Lama
Other names Shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso
Nationality Tibetan
Born Lhamo Thondup,[lower-alpha 1] 6 July 1935)
(1935-07-06) 6 July 1935 (age 87)
Taktser, Amdo, Tibet
  • Choekyong Tsering (father)
  • Diki Tsering (mother)
Senior posting
Title The 14th Dalai Lama
Period in office 22 February 1940 – present
Predecessor Trinley Gyatso
Religious career
Reincarnation Thubten Gyatso
Signature Dalai Lama's Signature.svg

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the current holder of the Dalai Lama incarnation lineage.

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 leadership role.[3]

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, cognitive neuroscience, reproductive health, and sexuality, along with various topics of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist teachings. His primary residence is in Dharamsala, India.


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  1. Tibetan: ལྷ་མོ་དོན་འགྲུབ།Wylie: Lha-mo Don-'grub, ZYPY: Lhamo Tönzhub, Lhasa dialect IPA: 9 l̥ámo tʰø̃ ̀ɖup; simplified Chinese: 拉莫顿珠; traditional Chinese: 拉莫頓珠; pinyin: Lāmò Dùnzhū



  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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  • No Regrets: Dalai Lama's Advice for Living & Dying
    Description: "Passing through life, progressing to old age and eventually death, it is not sufficient to just take care of the body. We need to take care of our emotions as well." The Dalai Lama "In daily life, before death actually happens, it's important to accept that sooner or later death will come." The Dalai Lama In 'No Regrets: Advice for Living & Dying' His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses the profound importance of preparing for dying & how to live a meaningful life. This video provides a rare insight in HHDL as he gives advice to the terminally ill, medical professionals & general public on issues, including grief & loss and emotional & spiritual support at the end of life. Filmed in Australia at Karuna Hospice Service, HHDL brings compassion, practical advice & wisdom to outline the path for a fulfilling life & a peaceful death.
  • The 14th Dalai Lamas' Geshe Examinations in Lhasa, Tibet, 1958
    Description: Rare short documentary film : The 14th Dalai Lama during his final Geshe ( Doctor of divinity ) Examinations in Lhasa, Tibet which took place from the summer of 1958 to February 1959. Produced by The Office of Tibet, New York
  • Richard Quest of CNN Interviews His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    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)
  • Day 1 - Sutra on The Four Noble Truths & Sutra on Dependent Origination
    Description: Day 1 of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's three day teaching on "Dharmachakra Parivaretan - Sutra on The Four Noble Truths" & "Sutra on Dependent Origination" from Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 5-7, 2018 at the request of a group of Indians. His Holiness speaks in Tibetan with an English translation available.
  • 24UjPsRFCcg Breathing meditation training by the Dalai Lama
    Description: The video introduces you to the basic techniques of meditation as recommended by one of the best known and most respected spiritual leaders of our times -- His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Though drawing upon Buddhist philosophy the medication is a secular one that anyone can follow. It offers a short introduction as to how we can all be happy and move beyond the inevitable suffering of the human condition, our personal anxieties and struggles.

    His Holiness The Dalai Lama is regarded by the millions of followers as an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha aspect for compassion. The practises and teachings on this video teach us how we can cultivate altruism and compassion so that it brings us personal contentment and create a peaceful world. The talk was given to an audience of Indians and Westerners in Dharamsala some years ago.

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