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Tenzin Gyatso 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Characteristic hands-raised anjali greeting Reign Predecessor Tibetan Wylie Pronounciation Transcription (PRC) TDHL Chinese Pinyin Father Mother Born 17 November 1950 – present Thubten Gyatso ????????????????? bstan ’dzin rgya mtsho tɛ̃tsĩ catsʰo (IPA) Dainzin Gyaco Tenzin Gyatso ???? Dānzēng Jiācuò Choekyong Tsering Diki Tsering 6 July 1935 (1935-07-06) Taktser, Qinghai, China[1]

Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Döndrub (Tibetan: ????????????????; Wylie: Lha-mo Don-’grub; Chinese: ????) (6 July 1935 in Qinghai),[1] is the 14th Dalai Lama.[2] He is a spiritual leader revered among Tibetans, and the head of the government-in-exile based in Dharamshala, India.[3] Tibetans traditionally believe him to be the reincarnation of his predecessors.

The Dalai Lama was born fifth of 16 children to a farming family in the village of Taktser, in the Qinghai province[4] of the Republic of China.[1] His first language was the regional Amdo dialect.[5][6] He was proclaimed the tulku or rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of two. In 1950 the army of the People’s Republic of China invaded the region. One month later, on 17 November 1950, he was formally enthroned as Dalai Lama. He thus, at the age of fifteen, became the region’s most important spiritual leader and political ruler. In 1951, the Chinese military pressured the Dalai Lama to ratify a seventeen-point agreement which permitted the People’s Republic of China to take control of Tibet. He fled through the mountains to India following the failed 1959 uprising, and the effective collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement. In India he set up a government-in-exile. The most influential figure of the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, he has considerable influence over the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism.[7] The Chinese goverment regards him as the symbol of an outmoded theocratic system.[8] Along with the 80,000 or so exiles that followed him, the Dalai Lama strives to preserve traditional Tibetan education and culture.[9] Circumstances in Tibet have in more recent years sparked an international protest movement, including the attempted disruption of the 2008 Olympic Games.[10][11] In March 2008 the Dalai Lama called for an international inquiry into China’s treatment of Tibet, which he said amounted to cultural genocide.[12] A noted public speaker worldwide, the Dalai Lama is often described as charismatic.[5][13] He is the first Dalai Lama to travel to the West, where he seeks to spread Buddhist teachings and to promote ethics and interfaith harmony. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.[5][14] He was given honorary Canadian citizenship in 2006, and was awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal in October 2007.[15] He has received more than 100 honorary conferments and major awards.[16]


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On 17 December 2008, after months of speculation, the Dalai Lama announced his semi-retirement. He said that the future course of the movement he had led for nearly five decades would now be decided by the elected parliament-in-exile under the prime minister Samdhong Rinpoche. The 73-yearold Nobel laureate, who had recently undergone surgery, told reporters in Dharamshala, "I have grown old.... It is better if I retire completely and get out of the way of the Tibetan movement."[17]

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turned to face the northeast—indicating the direction in which his successor would be found. The Regent, Reting Rinpoche, shortly afterwards had a vision at the sacred lake of Lhamo La-tso indicating Amdo as the region to search—specifically a one-story house with distinctive guttering and tiling. After extensive searching, the Thondup house, with its features resembling those in Reting’s vision, was finally found.

Early life and background

The Dalai Lama as a boy House where the 14th Dalai Lama was born Lhamo Döndrub (or Thondup) was born on 6 July 1935 to a farming family in the small hamlet of Taktser in the Tibetan region of Amdo (administered officially since 1928 as part of Qinghai province of China.[18]) He was one of nine to survive childhood. The eldest was his sister Tsering Dolma, eighteen years older. His eldest brother, Thupten Jigme Norbu, had been recognised at the age of eight as the reincarnation of the high lama Taktser Rinpoche. His sister Jetsun Pema years later depicted their mother in the 1997 film Seven Years in Tibet. Tibetans traditionally believe Dalai Lamas to be the reincarnation of their predecessors, each of whom is believed to be a human emanation of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. A search party was sent out to locate the new incarnation when the boy who was to become the 14th was about two years old.[5] It is said that, amongst other omens, the head of the embalmed body of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, at first facing south-east, had mysteriously The little boy was presented with various relics, including toys, some of which had belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama and some of which had not. It was reported that he had correctly identified all the items owned by the previous Dalai Lama, exclaiming, "That’s mine! That’s mine!".[19][20] Lhamo Thondup was formally recognized as the reincarnated Dalai Lama and renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom). Tibetan Buddhists normally refer to him as Yishin Norbu (Wish-Fulfilling Gem), Kyabgon (Saviour), or just Kundun (Presence). His followers often call him His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the style employed on the Dalai Lama’s website. Monastic education commenced at the age of six, his principal teachers being Yongdzin Ling Rinpoche (senior tutor) and Yongdzin Trijang Rinpoche (junior tutor). At the age of 11 he met the Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, having spotted him in Lhasa through his telescope. Harrer effectively became one


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of the young Dalai Lama’s tutors, teaching him about the outside world. The two remained friends until Harrer’s death in 2006. In 1959, at the age of 23, he sat his final examination at Lhasa’s Jokhang Temple during the annual Monlam or prayer Festival. He passed with honours and was awarded the Lharampa degree, the highest-level geshe degree, roughly equivalent to a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy.[5][21]

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a direct radio communication with Nanjing."[22] The remainder of the Dalai Lama’s childhood was spent between the Potala and Norbulingka, his summer residence: "On 8 July 1949, the Kashag [Tibetan Parliament] called Chen Xizhang, the acting director of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission office in Lhasa. He was informed that the Tibetan Government had decided to expel all Chinese connected with the Guomingdang Government. Fearing that the Chinese might organise protests in the streets of Lhasa, the Kashag imposed a curfew until all the Chinese had left. This they did on 14, 17 and 20 July 1949. At the same time the Tibetan Government sent a telegram to General Chiang Kai-shek and to President Liu Zongren informing them of the decision."[23] On 17 November 1950, with the country facing possible conflict with the People’s Republic of China, the 15-year-old Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso was formally enthroned as the temporal leader of Tibet.

Life as the Dalai Lama

Lhasa’s Potala Palace, today a UNESCO world heritage site, pictured in 2006 As well as being the foremost religious figure in Tibet, the Dalai Lama has traditionally been the country’s absolute political ruler. In 1939, at the age of four, he was taken in a procession of lamas to Lhasa: "On 25 November 1939 a nine-member delegation, consisting of staff from the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission, arrived in Lhasa, and were later joined by Wu Zhongxin, the Commission’s director of Tibetan Affairs. The arrival in Lhasa was carefully planned to coincide with the enthronement ceremony for the 14th Dalai Lama. On 22 February 1940, Wu Zhongxin and other foreign representatives attended the ceremony in the Potala..." Later the Kuomintang and the Communists claimed that Wu had presided over the ceremony and that his involvement was essential to the recognition of the new Dalai Lama. "There is no evidence to suggest that Wu Zhongxin presided over the installation of the Dalai Lama. However, the delegation managed to establish a permanent office in Lhasa, and installed

Abandoned former quarters of the Dalai Lama at the Potala. The empty vestment placed on the throne symbolizes his absence His governorship was short. In October of that year the army of the People’s Republic of China entered the country, breaking through Tibetan defenses with ease. The Dalai Lama sent a delegation to Beijing and, although under PLA military pressure, ratified[24][25] the subsequent Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet and tried to work with Beijing. In September 1954, the Dalai Lama


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and the 10th Panchen Lama went to Beijing to attend the first session of the first National People’s Congress, meeting Mao Zedong.[26] The Dalai Lama was even elected to be the Vice Chairman of the Congress.[27] However, during 1959, there was a major uprising among the Tibetan population. In the tense political environment that ensued, the Dalai Lama and his entourage began to suspect that China was planning to kill him. Consequently, he fled to Tawang, India, on 17 March of that year, entering India on 31 March during the Tibetan uprising. Central Intelligence Agency paramilitary teams from their Special Activities Division were responsible for the Dalai Lama’s successful clandestine escape from Tibet and the initial resistance fighters in Tibet to the Chinese communist forces. [28]

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80,000 Tibetan refugees who followed him into exile in agricultural settlements.[5] He created a Tibetan educational system in order to teach the Tibetan children the traditional language, history, religion, and culture. The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts was established[5] in 1959 and the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies[5] became the primary university for Tibetans in India. He supported the refounding of 200 monasteries and nunneries in an attempt to preserve Tibetan Buddhist teachings and the Tibetan way of life. The Dalai Lama appealed to the United Nations on the question of Tibet. This appeal resulted in three resolutions adopted by the General Assembly in 1959, 1961, and 1965.[5] These resolutions required China to respect the human rights of Tibetans and their desire for self-determination. In 1963, he promulgated a democratic constitution which is based upon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A Tibetan parliamentin-exile is elected by the Tibetan refugees scattered all over the world, and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile is likewise elected by the Tibetan parliament. In 1970, he opened the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamshala which houses over 80,000 manuscripts and important knowledge resources related to Tibetan history, politics and culture. It is considered one of the most important institutions for Tibetology in the world. [30] At the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in 1987 in Washington, D.C., he proposed a Five-Point Peace Plan regarding the future status of Tibet. The plan called for Tibet to become a "zone of peace" and for the end of movement by ethnic Han Chinese into Tibet. It also called for "respect for fundamental human rights and democratic freedoms" and "the end of China’s use of Tibet for nuclear weapons production, testing, and disposal." Finally, it urged "earnest negotiations" on the future of Tibet. He proposed a similar plan at Strasbourg on 15 June 1988. He expanded on the FivePoint Peace Plan and proposed the creation of a self-governing democratic Tibet, "in association with the People’s Republic of China." This plan was rejected by the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in 1991. In October 1991, he expressed his wish to return to Tibet to try to make a mutual assessment on the situation with the Chinese local

Exile to India
The Dalai Lama met with the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, to urge India to pressure China into giving Tibet an autonomous government, as relations with China were not proving successful. Nehru did not want to increase tensions between China and India, so he encouraged the Dalai Lama to work on the Seventeen Point Agreement Tibet had with China. Eventually, after the failed uprising in 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet and set up the Government of Tibet in Exile in Dharamshala, India,[29] which is often referred to as "Little Lhasa".

First meeting: Jawaharlal Nehru and the Dalai Lama at Mussoorie in 1959 soon after he fled Tibet After the founding of the exiled government he reestablished the approximately


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government. At this time he feared that a violent uprising would take place and wished to avoid it. The Dalai Lama has indicated that he wishes to return to Tibet only if the People’s Republic of China sets no preconditions for his return, which they have so far refused to do.[31][32] The Dalai Lama celebrated his seventieth birthday on 6 July 2005. About 10,000 Tibetan refugees, monks and foreign tourists gathered outside his home. Patriarch Alexius II of the Russian Orthodox Church said, "I confess that the Russian Orthodox Church highly appreciates the good relations it has with the followers of Buddhism and hopes for their further development." Taiwan’s President, Chen Shui-bian, attended an evening celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday that was entitled "Travelling with Love and Wisdom for 70 Years" at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. The President invited him to return to Taiwan for a third trip in 2005. His previous trips were in 2001, and 1997.[33] In Tibet there is a popular song calling for his return to Tibet called Aku Pema.

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compassion, and sustainability, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.[35] • In February 2007, the Dalai Lama was named Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, United States,[36] the first time that the leader of the Tibetan exile community has accepted a university appointment. The appointment is in part an expansion of a program begun in 1998 called the Emory–Tibet Partnership. As Presidential Distinguished Professor, he will:[36] • provide opportunities for university community members to attend his annual teachings, • make periodic visits to Emory to participate in programmes, and • continue the Emory–Tibet Partnership practice of providing private teaching sessions with students and faculty during Emory’s study-abroad programme in Dharamshala. • The Dalai Lama has strong ties with University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin, United States, and is a frequent visitor there. He visited the university in 1981 and again in 1989, the year in which he won the Nobel Peace Prize. In May 1998, he addressed a large audience at the Kohl Center and received an honorary degree from the university. He visited Madison again during the summers of both 2007 and 2008, making public appearances at The Kohl Center and Alliant Energy Center, as well as more intimate sessions at the nearby Deer Park Buddhist Center, where Geshe Sopa (the first Tibetan tenured in an American university), whom the Dalai Lama sent to America in 1959 to bridge cultures, resides.[37] • In May 2001, he met with a group of neuroscientists who conduct research on the effects of meditation on brain function, emotions and physical health.

Teaching activities

The Dalai Lama’s main teaching room at Dharamsala The Dalai Lama chief spiritual practice is Dzogchen, a subject he teaches and writes about extensively. He has conducted numerous public initiations in the Kalachakra, and is the author of a great number of books. His teaching activities in the US include: • In July 2008, the Dalai Lama had held a public lecture and conducted a series of teachings at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. [34] • He visited the U.S. in April 2008, when he gave lectures on engaging wisdom and

Foreign relations
Since 1967, the Dalai Lama has initiated a series of tours in 46 nations. He has frequently engaged on religious dialogue. He met with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in 1973. He met with Pope John Paul II in 1980 and


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The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureates also later in 1982, 1986, 1988, 1990, and 2003. In 1990, he met in Dharamsala with a delegation of Jewish teachers for an extensive interfaith dialogue.[38] He has since visited Israel three times and met in 2006 with the Chief Rabbi of Israel. In 2006, he met privately with Pope Benedict XVI. He has also met the late Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Robert Runcie, and other leaders of the Anglican Church in London, Gordon B. Hinckley, late President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), as well as senior Eastern Orthodox Church, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Sikh officials. During the runup to the Beijing Olympics of 2008, the Dalai Lama visited Japan on 10 April 2008 on his way to the United States, amid protests around the world over China’s handling of the 2008 Tibetan unrest. The Dalai Lama, whom Beijing claimed fomented the unrest, called for calm, but the protests showed little sign of abating. The Dalai Lama said he did not support a boycott of the 2008 Summer Games outright.[39] Japan’s government had been relatively quiet about the violence in Tibet and, out of deference to Beijing, does not deal officially with the Dalai Lama. Tokyo does, however, grant visas to the spiritual leader, who has visited Japan fairly frequently.[40]

Dalai Lama at Tibetan Children’s Village Dharamsala, 1993 “ The splendid work done by SOS Chil- ” dren’s Villages is charity where deeds speak louder than words. The revolutionary idea and the general concept developed by Hermann Gmeiner for providing orphaned and abandoned children with a new family and a permanent home has had a great influence on child welfare world-wide, and SOS Children’s Villages have become a model on every continent. Above all, SOS Children’s Villages shows that it is possible to create a community of brothers and sisters comprising children of all races, creeds and nationalities. The ties that develop and hold these communities together and form the basis of their upbringing is love.

International children’s villages
The Dalai Lama has long been a supporter of SOS Children’s Villages organization.[41] He often visits the villages, and has maintained a friendship with the founder, Hermann Gmeiner. He has said of SOS’s efforts:

Social and political stances


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Critics of the news and entertainment media coverage of the controversy charge that feudal Tibet was not as benevolent as popularly portrayed. The penal code before 1913 included forms of corporal punishment and capital punishment.[50] In response, the Dalai Lama agreed many of old Tibet’s practices needed reform. His predecessor had banned extreme punishments and the death penalty.[51] And he had instituted key reforms like removal of debt inheritance before the Chinese invaded in 1951.[44] On 4 June 2008, Dalai Lama said that Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, a territory that is called Southern Tibet in mainland China and still claimed by the People’s Republic of China, is part of India, acknowledging the validity of the McMahon Line as per the 1914 Simla Agreement signed by Tibetan and British representatives.[52] On 25 October 2008, the Dalai Lama announced he had given up negotiating for increased autonomy for Tibet within the People’s Republic of China. He stated that from now on Tibetans themselves should decide how to continue a dialogue with the Chinese government. [53][54]

Tibetan independence movement
The Dalai Lama accepted the 1951 Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People’s Republic of China. However, he moved to Kalimpong in India and, with the help of American government organized pro-independence literature and the smuggling of weapons into Tibet. Armed struggles broke out in Amdo and Kham in 1956 and later spread to Central Tibet. The movement was a failure and was forced to retreat to Nepal or go underground. Following normalisation of relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, American support was cut off in the early 1970s. The Dalai Lama then began to formulate his policy towards a peaceful solution in which a democratic autonomous Tibet would be established. In October 1998, the Dalai Lama’s administration acknowledged that it received US$1.7 million a year in the 1960s from the U.S. Government through the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and had also trained an army in Colorado (USA).[42] The Dalai Lama has on occasion been denounced by the Chinese government as a supporter of Tibetan independence. Over time, he has developed a public position stating that he is not in favour of Tibetan independence[43] and would not object to a status in which Tibet has internal autonomy while the PRC manages some aspects of Tibet’s defense and foreign affairs.[44] In his ’Middle Way Approach’, he laid down that the Chinese government can take care of foreign affairs and defense, and that Tibet should be managed by an elected body.[45] The Dalai Lama on 16 March 2008 called for an international inquiry into China’s treatment of Tibet, which he said amounted to cultural genocide.[46] He has stated that he will step down as leader of Tibet’s government-inexile if violence by protesters in the region worsens, the exiled spiritual leader said 18 March 2008 after China’s premier Wen Jiabao blamed his supporters for the growing unrest.[47] On 20 March 2008, he claimed he was powerless to stop anti-Chinese violence.[48] The Dalai Lama 28 March 2008 rejected a series of allegations from the Chinese government, saying he does not seek the separation of Tibet and has no desire to "sabotage" the 2008 Summer Olympics.[49]

Interfaith dialogue
On 6 January 2009, at Gujarat’s Mahuva, the Dalai Lama inaugurated an interfaith "World Religions-Dialogue and Symphony" conference convened by Hindu preacher Morari Bapu. This conference explored « ways and means to deal with the discord among major religions », according to Morari Bapu.[55],[56]

Social stances
The Dalai Lama endorsed the founding of the Dalai Lama Foundation in order to promote peace and ethics worldwide. The Dalai Lama is not operationally involved with this foundation, though he suggests some overall direction and his office is routinely briefed on its activities.[57] He has also stated his belief that modern scientific findings take precedence over ancient religions.[58][59]

The Dalai Lama reminds that according to Buddhist precepts abortion is an act of killing,[60] although he has taken a nuanced position, as he explained to the New York Times:


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“ Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist ” viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking. But it depends on the circumstances. If the unborn child will be retarded or if the birth will create serious problems for the parent, these are cases where there can be an exception. I think abortion should be approved or disapproved according to each circumstance.[61]

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compassion. Although their initial aim might have been to serve the cause of the majority, when they try to implement it all their energy is deflected into destructive activities. Once the revolution is over and the ruling class is destroyed, there is not much left to offer the people; at this point the entire country is impoverished and unfortunately it is almost as if the initial aim were to become poor. I think that this is due to the lack of human solidarity and compassion. The principal disadvantage of such a regime is the insistence placed on hatred to the detriment of compassion. The failure of the regime in the former Soviet Union was, for me, not the failure of Marxism but the failure of totalitarianism. For this reason I still think of myself as half-Marxist, half-Buddhist.[62]

“ Of all the modern economic theories, ” the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned only with gain and profitability. Marxism is concerned with the distribution of wealth on an equal basis and the equitable utilization of the means of production. It is also concerned with the fate of the working classes—that is, the majority—as well as with the fate of those who are underprivileged and in need, and Marxism cares about the victims of minorityimposed exploitation. For those reasons the system appeals to me, and it seems fair. I just recently read an article in a paper where His Holiness the Pope Benedict XVI also pointed out some positive aspects of Marxism(though dissaproving of it on the whole). As for the failure of the Marxist regimes, first of all I do not consider the former USSR, or China, or even Vietnam, to have been true Marxist regimes, for they were far more concerned with their narrow national interests than with the Workers’ International; this is why there were conflicts, for example, between China and the USSR, or between China and Vietnam. If those three regimes had truly been based upon Marxist principles, those conflicts would never have occurred. I think the major flaw of the Marxist regimes is that they have placed too much emphasis on the need to destroy the ruling class, on class struggle, and this causes them to encourage hatred and to neglect

He has also expressed his concern for environmental problems: “ On the global level, I think the ecology problem is very serious. I hear about some states taking it very seriously. That’s wonderful! So this blue planet is our only home, if something goes wrong at the present generation, then the future generations really face a lot of problems, and those problems will be beyond human control; so that’s very serious. Ecology should be part of our daily life. ”

In recent years, he has been campaigning for wildlife conservation, including a religious ruling against wearing tiger and leopard skins as garments.[63][64]

In 2001, he discussed firearms and self-defense, and Hal Bernton, a staff reporter of The Seattle Times, reports that: “ One girl wanted to know how to re” act to a shooter who takes aim at a classmate. The Dalai Lama said acts of violence should be remembered, and then forgiveness should be extended to the perpetrators. But if someone has a


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gun and is trying to kill you, he said, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun. Not at the head, where a fatal wound might result. But at some other body part, such as a leg.[65]

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vegetarianism after seeing his cook kill a chicken for his meal. However, after getting jaundice, his doctors advised him to return to eating meat. Since then, he abstains from meat every other day.[72]

In his view, oral, manual and anal sex (both homosexual and heterosexual) is not acceptable in Buddhism or for Buddhists, but society should tolerate gays and lesbians from a secular point of view.[66] In 1997 he explained that the basis of that teaching was unknown to him and that he at least had some "willingness to consider the possibility that some of the teachings may be specific to a particular cultural and historic context" while reiterating the unacceptable nature saying, "Buddhist sexual proscriptions ban homosexual activity and heterosexual sex through orifices other than the vagina, including masturbation or other sexual activity with the hand... From a Buddhist point of view, lesbian and gay sex is generally considered sexual misconduct".[67] In a 1994 interview with OUT Magazine, the Dalai Lama explained "If someone comes to me and asks whether homosexuality is okay or not, I will ask ’What is your companion’s opinion?’. If you both agree, then I think I would say ’if two males or two females voluntarily agree to have mutual satisfaction without further implication of harming others, then it is okay’".[68] However, in his 1996 book Beyond Dogma, he clearly states, "A sexual act is deemed proper when the couples use the organs intended for sexual intercourse and nothing else....Homosexuality, whether it is between men or between women, is not improper in itself. What is improper is the use of organs already defined as inappropriate for sexual contact."[69] He has said that sex spelled fleeting satisfaction and trouble later, while chastity offered a better life and "more independence, more freedom." [70] He says that problems arising from conjugal life could even lead to suicide or murder. [71]

British journalist Christopher Hitchens criticised the Dalai Lama in 1998, questioned his alleged support for India’s nuclear weapons testing, his statements about sexual misconduct, his suppression of Shugden worship, as well as his meeting Shoko Asahara, whose cult Aum Shinrikyo released sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subway system.[73][74] Hitchens proclaims that he "makes absurd pronouncements about sex and diet and, when on his trips to Hollywood fund-raisers, anoints major donors like Steven Segal and Richard Gere as holy."[75] Despite protest from China, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the Dalai Lama in the Berlin Chancellery on 25 September 2007. The meeting was characterized as "private and informal talks" in order to avert potential retaliation by China such as the severance of trade ties. In response to the meeting, China cancelled meetings with German officials including Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries.[76] Several Tulkus or "reincarnate Lamas" have criticized Tenzin Gyatso. Two months after the 2008 Tibetan unrest and before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, news carried by Xinhua, the Chinese official government news agency, said that the twelfth Samding Dorje Phagmo (considered to be Tibet’s "only female living Buddha,") who is also the vicechairwoman of the standing committee of the Tibetan Autonomous Regional People’s Congress, was quoted saying that "The sins of the Dalai Lama and his followers seriously violate the basic teachings and precepts of Buddhism and seriously damage traditional Tibetan Buddhism’s normal order and good reputation." She told Xinhua that "Old Tibet was dark and cruel, the serfs lived worse than horses and cattle."[77] The Dalai Lama’s talks in the UK, May, 2008, were attended by Chinese protestors who oppose Tibetan independence.[78]

Buddhist vegetarianism
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in a political solution of the ’Tibet Question.’ ...If the allegations are to be believed, a simple nomad boy was turned into a political and religious pawn."[87] However, according to Tsurphu Labrang, articles by Julian Gearing on this subject are biased, unverified and without crosschecking of basic facts.[88]

Dorje Shugden
During a teaching tour of the UK in May, 2008, there were demonstrations by the Western Shugden Society[79][80] and Chinese students. The Western Shugden Society say they are protesting the ban of a prayer to Dorje Shugden,[79] which they argue constitutes religious persecution.[80] Similar protests occurred in Sydney when the Dalai Lama arrived in Australia in June 2008.[81] The Dalai Lama says he had not banned the practice,[79] but strongly discourages it as he feels it promotes the spirit as being more important than Buddha, and that it may encourage cult-like practices and sectarianism within Tibetan Buddhism.[82] The Shugden worshipers in India say they are denied admission to hospitals, stores, and other social services provided by the local Tibetan community.[83]

CIA backing
In October 1998, The Dalai Lama’s administration acknowledged that it received $1.7 million a year in the 1960s from the U.S. Government through the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and also trained a resistance movement in Colorado (USA).[42] When asked by CIA officer John Kenneth Knaus in 1995 whether the organization did a good or bad thing in providing its support, the Dalai Lama replied that though it helped the morale of those resisting the Chinese, "thousands of lives were lost in the resistance" and further, that "the U.S. Government had involved itself in his country’s affairs not to help Tibet but only as a Cold War tactic to challenge the Chinese."[89]

Recognition of the 17th Karmapa
Another controversy associated with the Dalai Lama is the recognition of the seventeenth Karmapa. To briefly sum up this controversy, two sides of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism have chosen two different Karmapas, leading to a deep division within the Kagyu school. The Dalai Lama has given his support to Urgyen Trinley Dorje, while supporters of Trinley Thaye Dorje claim that the Dalai Lama has no authority in the matter, nor is there a historical precedent for a Dalai Lama involving himself in an internal Kagyu dispute.[84] In his 2001 address at the International Karma Kagyu Conference, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche - one of the four Karma Kagyu regents - accused the Dalai Lama of adopting a "divide and conquer" policy to eliminate any potential political rivalry arising from within the Kagyu school.[85] For his side, the Dalai Lama accepted the prediction letter presented by Tai Situ Rinpoche (another Karma Kagyu regent) as authentic, and therefore Tai Situ Rinpoche’s recognition of Urgyen Trinley Dorje, also as correct.[86] Tibet observer Julian Gearing suggests that there might be political motives to the Dalai Lama’s decision: "The Dalai Lama gave his blessing to the recognition of [Urgyen] Trinley, eager to win over the formerly troublesome sect [the Kagyu school], and with the hope that the new Karmapa could play a role

Refusal of visa to enter South Africa
In March 2009, the Dalai Lama was denied a visa to enter South Africa in order to attend an international peace conference. The South African government initially stated that it denied his visa to avoid distracting attention from South Africa and its hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, although the visa-refusal precipitated precisely such a distraction.[90] South African government officials later acknowledged that his visa had been denied to maintain close relations with China.[91] Chinese officials had urged the South African government to not admit him.[92] Two other Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Arch Bishop-emeritus Desmond Tutu and former South African President FW de Klerk, criticised the denial and pulled out of the conference. Current Minister of Health Barbara Hogan was critical of the decision, accusing the Government of "being dismissive of human rights". Opposition parties to the ruling African National Congress, including the Democratic Alliance, Inkatha Freedom Party and Congress of the People, also expressed disgust. "The recent shameful denial of entry to South Africa to a peace icon and Nobel laureate, the Dalai Lama, is a


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demonstration of the ANC government’s willingness to sacrifice the standing of South Africa on the altar of political expediency," said Mvume Dandala, leader of the last-mentioned, as well as former presiding bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and former head of the All Africa Council of Churches. "This is especially so if the rumours are true that this was because of the funding arrangements between the ANC and the Communist Party of China." Conference organisers, including the grandson of Nelson Mandela, also expressed outrage over the refusal to issue the Dalai Lama a visa. The conference was subsequently cancelled.[92][93] The South African government defended its decision as a matter of sovereignty. One South African official publicly criticised the Dalai Lama and lamented a taboo on criticism of him,[94] while another publicly criticised the government for denying his visa.[95]

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This marks the third of four times in history that the Government of Canada has bestowed this honour, the others being Raoul Wallenberg posthumously in 1985, Nelson Mandela in 2001 and Aung San Suu Kyi in 2007. In September 2006, the United States Congress voted to award the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal,[101] the highest award which may be bestowed by the Legislative Branch of the United States government. The actual ceremony and awarding of the medal took place on 17 October 2007. The Chinese Government has reacted angrily to the award, which it merely refers to as "the extremely wrong arrangements". Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said: "It seriously violates the norm of international relations and seriously wounded the feelings of the Chinese people and interfered with China’s internal affairs".[102] In June 2007, during an Australian tour, the Dalai Lama made public appearances in Perth, Bendigo, Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. On 6 December 2008, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France and current Chairman of the European Union met the Dalai Lama in Poland and appeased the situation after China postponed a China-EU summit.[103] Songs for Tibet is an album supportive of the Dalai Lama and a peaceful solution for the Tibetian issue. Several rock bands contributed with their music for the album.

Western supporters
The Dalai Lama has been successful in gaining Western sympathy for Tibetan self-determination, including vocal support from numerous Hollywood celebrities, most notably the actors Richard Gere and Steven Seagal, as well as lawmakers from several major countries.[96] In 2005[97] and 2008[98] Time placed the Dalai Lama on its list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

After suffering abdominal pain in the October 2008, the Dalai Lama was hospitalized in New Delhi. He had routine surgery on 10 October to remove a gallstone.[104][105][106] Four marks on the Dalai Lama’s right arm are the consequence of a childhood smallpox vaccination and do not have any special significance.[107] His right arm is uncovered in accordance with Buddhist tradition.

The Dalai Lama receiving a Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. From left: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate President pro tempore Robert Byrd and U.S. President George W. Bush On 22 June 2006, the Parliament of Canada voted unanimously to make The Dalai Lama an honorary citizen of Canada.[99][100]

Possibility of retirement
In May 2007, Chhime Rigzing, a senior spokesman for the Tibetan spiritual leader’s office, stated that the Dalai Lama wants to reduce his political burden as he moves into "retirement".[108] However, in 2008 the Dalai Lama himself ruled out such a move, saying "There is no point, or question of retirement."[109]


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On 1 September 2007, China issued new rules controlling the selection of the next Dalai Lama, declaring that any reincarnation must bear the seal of approval by China’s cabinet. These regulations could potentially result in one Dalai Lama approved by the Chinese government, and another chosen outside of Tibet.[110] This would be similar to the present situation with the Panchen Lamas and Karmapas. In November 2007, Tashi Wangdi said the new rules mean nothing. "It will have no effect" said Wangdi. "You can’t impose a Pope. You can’t impose an imam, an archbishop, saints, any religion... you can’t politically impose these things on people. It has to be a decision of the followers of that tradition. The Chinese can use their political power: force. Again, it’s meaningless".[111] During the 2008 unrest in Tibet, the Dalai Lama called for calm[112] and concurrently condemned Chinese violence.[113] His call was met with Tibetan frustration at his methodology[114] and goals[115][116] and Chinese allegations that he himself incited the violence[117] in order to ruin the 2008 Summer Olympics.[118] In response to the continued violence perpetrated by Chinese as well as Tibetans,[119] on 18 March 2008, the Dalai Lama threatened to step down,[120] a move unprecedented[121] in the history of the office of the Dalai Lama.[122] Aides later clarified that this threat was predicated on a further escalation of violence, and that he did not presently have the intention of leaving his political or spiritual offices.[123] Many Tibetan exiles expressed their support for the Dalai Lama, and the People’s Republic of China intensified their campaign of attacks against him.[124][125] In the ensuing months, he held meetings aimed at discussing the future institution of the Dalai Lama, including: [A] conclave, like in the Catholic Church, a woman as my successor, no Dalai Lama anymore, or perhaps even two, since the Communist Party has, astonishingly enough, given itself the right to be responsible for reincarnations.[126] He has clarified that his goal is to relinquish all temporal power and to no longer play a "pronounced spiritual role" and have a simpler monastic life.

The Dalai Lama during his visit to Italy in 2007 Rigzing stated "The political leadership will be transferred over a period of time but he will inevitably continue to be the spiritual leader because as the Dalai Lama, the issue of relinquishing the post does not arise". The Dalai Lama announced he would like the elected Tibetan Parliament in Exile to have more responsibility over administration.

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• Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letter from the University of Washington in April 2008 • Inaugural Hofstra University Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize on 24 March 2008[135] • Honorary Doctorate in chemistry and pharmacy from University of Münster on 20 September 2007 • Honorary Doctorate from Southern Cross University on 8 June 2007 • Presidential Distinguished Professorship from Emory University in February 2007 • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters conferred by the State University of New York at Buffalo in September 2006 • Honorary citizenship of Canada in 2006 • Honorary citizenship of Ukraine, during the anniversary of the Nobel Prize on 9 December 2006 in Mc Leod Ganj. • United States Congressional Gold Medal on 27 September 2006[136] • Key to New York City from Mayor Bloomberg on 25 September 2005 • Honorary Doctoral Degree of Philosophy from University of Tartu, Estonia on 27 May 2005[137] • Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia on 19 April, 2004 • Honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University 27 May 2004 • Jaime Brunet Prize for Human Rights on 9 October 2003 • International League for Human Rights Award on 19 September 2003 • Honorary Doctoral Degree from University of San Francisco on 5 September 2003[138] • Life Achievement Award from Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization on 24 November 1999 • Four Freedoms Award from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute on 4 June 1994 • World Security Annual Peace Award from the Lawyers Alliance for New York on 27 April 1994 • Berkeley Medal from University of California, Berkeley, on 20 April 1994 • Peace and Unity Awards from the National Peace conference on 23 August 1991 • Earth Prize from the United Earth and U.N. Environmental Program on 5 June 1991 • Advancing Human Liberty from the Freedom House on 17 April 1991

“ World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not the absence of violence. Peace is the manifestation of human compassion. ”

— the Dalai Lama.[127]

Awards and honors

The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Dalai Lama in 2006 The Dalai Lama has received numerous awards over his spiritual and political career.[128] On 22 June 2006, he became one of only four people ever to be recognized with Honorary Citizenship by the Governor General of Canada. On 28 May 2005, he received the Christmas Humphreys Award from the Buddhist Society in the United Kingdom. Most notable was the Nobel Peace Prize, presented in Oslo on 10 December 1989 (see below). Other notable awards and honors include: • German Media Prize Berlin on 10 February 2009[6] • Honorary citizenship of Italy in Venice on 10 February 2009[7] • Honorary citizenship of Rome on 10 February 2009[8][9] • Honorary Doctoral Degree from Jagiellonian University on 8 December 2008[129] • Honorary Degree from Lehigh University on 13 July 2008 • Honorary citizenship of Wrocław,[130] voted 24 June 2008 • Honorary Doctoral Degree of Philosophy from London’s Metropolitan University on 21 May 2008[131][132] • Honorary citizenship of Paris,[133] voted 21 April 2008, the same day as Hu Jia[134]


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• Le Prix de la Memoire from the Fondation Danielle Mitterrand on 4 December 1989 • Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Award (or Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Human Rights Award) from the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on 21 July 1989 • Key to Los Angeles from Mayor Bradley in September 1979 • Key to San Francisco from Mayor Feinstein on 27 September 1979

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Nobel Peace Prize
On 10 December 1989 the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.[139] The committee recognized his efforts in "the struggle of the liberation of Tibet and the efforts for a peaceful resolution instead of using violence."[140] The chairman of the Nobel committee said that the award was "in part a tribute to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi." In his acceptance speech the Dalai Lama criticized China for using force against student protesters during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. He said their efforts were not in vain. His speech focused on the importance of the continued use of non-violence and his desire to maintain a dialogue with China to try and resolve the situation.[141]

Examples of films recently made about Tenzin Gyatso: • One Water (documentary)" (2008) narrated by Martin Sheen • The Unwinking Gaze: The Inside Story of the Dalai Lama’s Struggle for Tibet (2008) – documentary • Dalai Lama Renaissance[10] (2008) – documentary narrated by Harrison Ford • 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama[11] (2006) – documentary • What Remains of Us[12] (2004) – documentary • Seven Years in Tibet (1997), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud • Kundun (1997), directed by Martin Scorsese • Compassion in Exile: The Life of the 14th Dalai Lama[13] (1993) – documentary

H.H. The Dalai Lama blessing pilgrims. Dharamsala. 1981.

See also
• Central Tibetan Administration • Tibetan Buddhism • Tashi Wangdi, the Dalai Lama’s Representative to the Americas. • Tibetan sovereignty debate • Dorje Shugden

[1] ^ At the time of Tenzin Gyatso’s birth, Qinghai was under the control of Ma Lin, a warlord allied with Chiang Kai-shek and appointed governor of Qinghai Province by the Kuomintang. See Li, T.T. "Historical Status of Tibet", Columbia University Press, p179 ; Bell, Charles, "Portrait of the Dalai Lama", p399; Goldstein, Melvyn C. Goldstein, A history of modern Tibet, pp315-317


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• Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama, London: Little, Brown and Co, 1990 ISBN 0-349-10462-X • Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Coauthored with Fabien Ouaki, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-150-5 • An Open Heart, edited by Nicholas Vreeland. ISBN 0-316-98979-7 • The Gelug/Kagyü Tradition of Mahamud, coauthored with Alexander Berzin. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 1997, ISBN 1-55939-072-7 • Practicing Wisdom: The Perfection of Shantideva’s Bodhisattva Way, translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-182-3 • The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys, coauthored with Victor Chan, Riverbed Books, 2004, ISBN 1-57322-277-1 • Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion, photographs by Phil Borges with sayings by Tenzin Gyatso. ISBN 0-8478-1957-4 • The Heart of Compassion: A Practical Approach to a Meaningful Life, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin: Lotus Press, ISBN 0-940985-36-5 • Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for the new millennium, Abacus Press, 2000, ISBN 0-349-11443-9 • My Tibet, coauthoured with Galen Rowell, ISBN 0-520-08948-0 • Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying, edited by Francisco Varela, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-123-8 • The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, Morgan Road Books, 2005, ISBN 0-7679-2066-X • How to Expand Love: Widening the Circle of Loving Relationships, translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D., Atria Books, 2005, ISBN 0-7432-6968-3 • Der Weg des Herzens. Gewaltlosigkeit und Dialog zwischen den Religionen (The Path of the Heart: Non-violence and the Dialogue among Religions), coauthored with Eugen Drewermann, Ph.D., Patmos Verlag, 2003, ISBN 3-4916-9078-1 • How to See Yourself As You Really Are, Translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D. ISBN 0-7432-9045-3

• The Leader’s Way’, coauthored with Laurens van den Muyzenberg, ISBN 978-1-85788-511-8 • The Art of Happiness, coauthored with Howard C. Cutler, M.D. ISBN 0-9656682-9-0 • The Art of Happiness at Work, coauthored with Howard C. Cutler, M.D. ISBN 1-59448-054-0 • Mind in Comfort and Ease, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-493-8 • The World of Tibetan Buddhism, translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, foreword by Richard Gere, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-097-5 • The Compassionate Life,Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-378-8 • Ethics for the New Millennium, Riverhead Books, 1999, ISBN 1-57322-883-4 • A Simple Path, ISBN 0-00-713887-3 • Essence of the Heart Sutra, edited by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-284-6 • The Meaning of Life: Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect, Translated by Jeffrey Hopkins, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-173-4 • How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life, Transl. and ed. by Jeffrey Hopkins, ISBN 0-7434-5336-0 • Kalachakra Tantra: Rite of Initiation, Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-151-3 • Iyer, Pico. The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (2008) Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 978-307-26760-3 • A Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus, Translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-138-6 • Opening the Eye of New Awareness, Translated by Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-155-6


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14th Dalai Lama Dalai Lama Born: July 6 1935 Buddhist titles Preceded by Thubten Gyatso Political offices Preceded by Zhang Jingwu Chief of the Tibet Region, PRC 1956 – 1959 Dalai Lama since 1937

14th Dalai Lama


Succeeded by Choekyi Gyaltsen

• MindScience: An East-West Dialogue, with contributions by Herbert Benson, Daniel Goleman, Robert Thurman, and Howard Gardner, Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-066-5 • The New Physics and Cosmology: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama, edited by Arthur Zajonc, with contributions by David Finkelstein, George Greenstein, Piet Hut, Tu Wei-ming, Anton Zeilinger, B. Alan Wallace and Thupten Jinpa, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-195-15994-2 • The Power of Buddhism, coauthored with Jean-Claude Carriere ISBN 0717128032 • Dzogchen: Heart Essence of the Great Perfection, translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa and Richard Barron, Snow Lion Publications, 2000, ISBN 1559392193 • Orphans of the Cold War, America and the Tibetan Struggle for Survival, John Kenneth Knaus, Public Affairs, New York. ISBN 1-891620-18-5 1999 • Violence and Compassion: Dialogues on Life Today (With Jean-Claude Carriere), Doubleday, 2001. ISBN 978-0385-50144-6

• Collection of teachings, speeches, and letters • Prayers written by the Dalai Lama • Dalai Lama Teachings • The Dalai Lama flees Tibet Original reports and pictures from The Times • Information and Guide to Exile Home of the 14th Dalai Lama in India,Dharamsala McleodGanj • Home of the 14th Dalai Lama in India • Works by or about 14th Dalai Lama in libraries (WorldCat catalog) • The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy(TCHRD) • Tenzin Gyatso Charlie Rose interview, 16 November 2005 • Shambhala Sun Spotlight Page • Biographer Pico Iyer on the Dalai Lama, New York Public Library, April 2008 • The Dalai Lama will visit Frankfurt (Germany) from 30 July – 2 August 2009 Persondata NAME Gyatso, Tenzin ALTERNATIVE Dalai Lama (honorific); NAMES ?????????????????? (Tibetan); Rgya-mtsho, Bstan-’dzin (Wylie) SHORT Dalai Lama DESCRIPTION DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH July 6, 1935 Takster, Amdo, Tibet living

Further reading
• Mullin, Glenn H. (2001). The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation, pp. 452–515. Clear Light Publishers. Santa Fe, New Mexico. ISBN 1-57416-092-3.

External links
• The Website of The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Official site) • Audio teachings of the Dalai Lama on many different topics

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