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The Dalai Lama
Spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and Tibetan Buddhists worldwide

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born Lhamo Dhondrub on July 6, 1935 to peasant parents in the village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet. In accordance with Tibetan tradition, he was recognized at age two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lamas are understood to be the manifestations of the Bodhisattva (Buddha) of Compassion, who chose to reincarnate to serve the people.

In 1950, the current Dalai Lama was called upon to assume full political power after some 80,000 People's Liberation Army soldiers invaded Tibet. He soon created a resistance movement against China. After a large uprising that was thwarted in 1954, he escaped to India and received political asylum. Since 1960, he has lived in Dharamsala, India.

In Washington, D.C., at the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in 1987, he proposed a Five-Point Peace Plan as a first step toward resolving the future status of Tibet. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Dalai Lama follows the life of Buddhist monk, living in a small cottage in Dharamsala, rising at 4 a.m. to meditate and concluding each day with further prayer.
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