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Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
(born Lhamo Dhondrub)
The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal head of Tibet. He is believed to be a manifestation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. After a Dalai Lama dies, he is reincarnated with the birth of a new child. There have been 14 manifestations of the Dalai Lama.

Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso was born into a peasant family in Taktser, China. In 1937, at the age of 2, he was designated the 14th Dalai Lama. His enthronement ceremony was on Feb 22, 1940, but his rights were exercised by a regency until 1950. He fled to Chumbi in S. Tibet after an abortive anti-Chinese uprising in 1950, but negotiated an autonomy agreement with the People's Republic of China the following year. For the next eight years he served as ruler of Tibet under this autonomy agreement. In 1959, after China's suppression of a popular Tibetan national uprising, the Dalai Lama was forced into permanent exile, settling in Upper Dharamsala near Dharamsala in the province of Himachal Pradesh.

In India, he established a democratically based alternative Tibetan government. He helped created a Tibetan constitution, based on Buddhist principles and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a model for a future free Tibet. He has also declared that once Tibet regains its freedom, he will not hold public office. In 1989, Tenzin Gyatso was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of his commitment to the nonviolent liberation of his homeland.

Author of (Books)
  • Yoga Tantra Paths to Magical Seats (2005)
  • The Universe in a Single Atom - The Convergence of Science and Spirituality (2005)
  • The Wisdom of Forgiveness (2004)
  • Many Ways to Nirvana (2004)
  • 365 Dalai Lama Daily Advice from the Heart (2003)
  • Warm Heart Open Mind (2003)
  • The Compassionate Life (2003)
  • Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment (2002)
  • How to Practice (2002)
  • Essence of the Heart Sutra (2002)
  • Advice on Dying (2002)
  • Stages of Meditation (2001)
  • An Open Heart (2001)
  • Transforming the Mind (2000)
  • A Simple Path (2000)
  • The Dalai Lama's Book of Transformation (2000)
  • Training the Mind (1999)
  • The Little Book of Buddhism (1999)
  • The Heart of the Buddha's Path (1999)
  • Consciousness at the Crossroads - Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Brain Science and Buddhism (1999)
  • Ancient Wisdom, Modern World - Ethics for a New Millennium (1999)
  • The Political Philosophy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama-Selected Speeches and Writings (1998)
  • The Path to Tranquillity - Daily Meditations (1998)
  • The Four Noble Truths (1998)
  • The Art of Happiness (1998)
  • Sleeping, Dreaming and Dying (1997)
  • Love, Kindness and Universal Responsibility (1997)
  • The Joy of Living and Dying in Peace (1997)
  • The Heart of Compassion (1997)
  • Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective (1997)
  • The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra (1997)
  • The Good Heart - A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus (1996)
  • Beyond Dogma (1996)
  • The World of Tibetan Buddhism (1995)
  • The Way to Freedom (1995)
  • The Spirit of Tibet: Universal Heritage - Selected Speeches and Writings (1995)
  • The Power of Compassion (1995)
  • The Path to Enlightenment (1995)
  • Essential Teachings (1995)
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speeches Statements Articles Interviews from 1987 to June 1995 (1995)
  • Dimensions of Spirituality (1995)
  • Dialogues on Universal Responsibility & Education (1995)
  • Commentary on the Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva (1995)
  • Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart (1995)
  • A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night (1994)
  • The Meaning of Life from a Buddhist Perspective (1993)
  • Words of Truth (1993)
  • Freedom in Exile (1991)
  • Path to Bliss (1991)
  • Mind Science - An East - West Dialogue (1991)
  • Policy of Kindness (1990)
  • The Nobel Peace Prize and the Dalai Lama (1990)
  • My Tibet (1990)
  • The Meaning of Life (1990)
  • The Global Community & The Need for Universal Responsibility (1990)
  • In the Footsteps of Gandhi (1990)
  • For the Love of God (1990)
  • Ocean Of Wisdom (1989)
  • The Union of Bliss & Emptiness (1988)
  • Transcendent Wisdom (1988)
  • The Dalai Lama at Harvard (1988)
  • The Bodhgaya Interviews (1988)
  • Opening of the Eye of New Awareness (1985) Kalachakra Tantra Rite of Initiation (1985)
  • Kindness, Clarity and Insight (1984)
  • Four Essential Buddhist Commentaries (1982)
  • Collected Statements, Interviews & Articles (1982)
  • Advice from Buddha Shakyamuni (1982)
  • Universal Responsibility and the Good Heart (1977)