The Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the head
of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Born
to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized at the
age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the
reincarnation of his predecessor, the thirteenth Dalai Lama,
and thus an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of
Compassion. In 1959, nine years after China invaded Tibet,
he fled to Dharamsala, India, where he lives today as leader
of the Tibetan government in exile. He travels throughout
the world teaching Tibetan Buddhism's central tenet of compassion.
He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and was also awarded the United
States Congressional Gold Medal in October of 2007.
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