“The best birthday present you can give me is having a good heart. All my friends around the world, whenever you are angry, whenever you feel resentment or are envious, then visualize my face, remember me.”
– His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) was born on July 5, 1935 to a farming family in a small village called Taktser in Amdo Region of (northern) Tibet. At the age of two, he was recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama.
At the age of 6, His Holiness started monastic education at the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The major subjects included logic, fine arts, Sanskrit grammar, and medicine.
In 1959 after the Chinese invasion of Tibet, His Holiness was forced to escape into exile. Since then His Holiness lives in Dharamsala, a small town in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. More than a million Tibetans were killed as a direct consequence of Chinese brutal occupation of Tibet.
After coming to exile, His Holiness has always called for peaceful resolutions to resolve the issue of Tibet. Tibetans in Tibet still live under constant threat as their basic human rights are denied. Freedom of expression, freedom of speech and even freedom of religion are denied. Any expression of freedom in written or speech can result in arrest, torture and imprisonment for years.
On December 10, 1989 His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
His Holiness has received over 150 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness continues to travel around the world to spread his message of peace, compassion and non violence.
His Holiness has also authored or co-authored more than 110 books.
We offer our prayers with intense devotion
That our protector of the great Land of Snows,
Tenzin Gyatso, upholder of the Dharma, the great ocean,
May he live for a hundred eons.