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Wednesday, 8th July, 2020
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July, 1935 to a farming family in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, the child, then named Lhamo Dhondup, was recognised as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. In 1950, after China's invasion of Tibet, His Holiness was called upon to assume full political power. In 1954, he went to Beijing and met with Mao Zedong and other Chinese leaders, including Deng Xiaoping and Chou Enlai. Finally, in 1959, following the brutal suppression of the Tibetan national uprising in Lhasa by Chinese troops, His Holiness was forced to escape into exile. Since then he has been living in Dharamsala, northern India. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognised for his concern for global environmental problems. His Holiness has received over 150 awards,honorary doctorates and prizes in recognition of his message of peace,non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. He has also authored or co-authored more than 110 books.
The Seed of Compassion:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in conversation with Pico Iyer
Lessons from the life and teachings of the 14th Dalai Lama, where he shares his profound wisdom with JLF Brave New World. In conversation with Pico Iyer, His Holiness speaks of finding love and peace in our confused, divided and chaotic world, and of the universal value of compassion in these troubled times.