1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Religious and political leader of
the Tibetan people.
Excerpt from the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
"I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings."
Favorite verse, from eighth century Buddhist saint Shantideva
For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world.
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- Born: July 6, 1935
- Residence: Dharamsala, India
- Original Name: Lhamo Dhondrub
- Full Name: Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso - Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom. Tibetans normally refer to His Holiness as Yeshe Norbu, the Wishfulfilling Gem or simply Kundun - The Presence
- Place of Birth: Takster, Tibet
- Biographical highlights:
- 1937 - Recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama
- 1940 - February 22, enthroned in Lhasa
- 1950 - Assumed full political power as Head of State and Government of Tibet
- 1959 - Received Geshe Lharampa Degree (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy)
- 1959 - Forced into exile in India after Chinese occupation of Tibet
- 1987 - Proposed Five-Point Peace Plan for resolving future status of Tibet
- 1988 - June 15, in Strasbourg, proposed creation of self-governing Tibet "in association with the People's Republic of China."
- 1989 - Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
- 1991 - Strasbourg Proposal declared invalid