Published On: Feb 28 2014 01:08:44 PM CSTUpdated On: Mar 06 2015 02:33:45 PM CST
The Dalai Lama is in the middle a two-week trip to the United States, marked by several speaking events and meetings with top leaders. Take a look at what you should know about the spiritual leader.
The Dalai Lamas are the manifestations of the Bodhisattva (Buddha) of Compassion, who chose to reincarnate to serve the people. The14th Dalai Lama is the 74th manifestation of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, the enlightened Buddha of compassion.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was born Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935 to peasants in Taktser, a village in northeastern Tibet. He was one of five children in the family.
He became a monk at age 6 and grew up Tibet's thousand-year-old Potala Palace in Lhasa. But he has lived in exile in India since the Chinese Army crushed an uprising in his homeland in 1959.
In 1989, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for his work advocating nonviolent means to free Tibet from China.
His Holiness has always had an interest in science and machines and his hobbies include meditating, gardening, and repairing watches.
In 2007, former President Bush became the first sitting U.S. president to meet the Dalai Lama in public. President Obama met him in 2010 and again in Feb. of this year on his most recent trip to the U.S.
In 2012, the Dalai Lama accepted the Templeton Prize, an award worth $1.77 million, which honors "outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality."
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