Believed to be a reincarnation of The Buddha, Tenzin Gyatso (1935-), the Dalai Lama (Mongolian for "Ocean of Wisdom"), is the spiritual and political leader of Tibet's six million Lamaistic Buddhists. About 1/4 of all Tibetan men are Buddhist monks and the country has over 2,500 monasteries.
In 1950, the Chinese invasion of independent Tibet forced the Dalai Lama into permanent exile to India. "Suffering is the first step to liberation," he wrote about his exodus.
This holy man continues to teach compassion, love, and kindness. "When we face problems with compassion, sincerity, and good motivation, our solutions may take longer, but ultimately they are better."
In recognition of his commitment to the nonviolent liberation of his homeland, he received the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize on the behalf of the oppressed everywhere.
With concern for the sacredness of life, and as mentor and holy leader, Tenzin Gyatso holds fast to the belief that one day the Tibetan people will recover their country and lead the world in his quest for peace.
More DALAI LAMA Quotations
Strive for inner peace.