Day 79, No. 79. His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama

Tenzin GyatsoHAIRCUT 100: Day 79, No. 79. Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama: spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people. The Dalai Lama is a monk of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, who is believed to be the successor in a line of tulkus (‘incarnation bodies’) of Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, who chose to reincarnate to serve the people. The Tibetan word ‘lama’ corresponds to the Sanskrit word ‘guru.’ Born in a cowshed to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama, at the age of two in 1937, and formally enthroned in 1940. He took up full leadership of his people aged fifteen, following the invasion of Tibet by The People’s Republic of China in 1950. His Holiness was compelled to flee to India during the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, and he has lived there in exile ever since. One of the world’s most popular leaders, His Holiness has travelled the world speaking on a variety of spiritual, philosophic and political issues, including women’s rights, the importance of non-violence and interfaith dialogue, the environment, and the welfare of the Tibetan people. In 1989, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’

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