H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

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His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (Tib. ཏ་ལཻ་བླ་མ་བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ་, Wyl. ta lai bla ma bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho) (b. 1935) is Tibet's spiritual leader and the seniormost figure in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

His Holiness was born in Amdo, in the north-east of Tibet in 1935. He left Tibet in 1959 following the Chinese invasion which began some years earlier. Since then, His Holiness has resided in Dharamsala, India, the site of the Tibetan government-in-exile. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Sogyal Rinpoche writes[1]:

The Dalai Lama is, I believe, nothing less than the face of the Buddha of Compassion turned toward an endangered humanity, the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara not only for Tibet and not only for Buddhists, but for the whole world—in need, as never before, of healing compassion and of his example to total dedication to peace.



In Tibetan

  • legs bshad blo gsar mig 'byed


  • ཐུབ་བསྟན་རིས་མེད་རྒྱས་པའི་སྨོན་ལམ་དྲང་སྲོང་བདེན་པའི་དབྱངས་སྙན་, thub bstan ris med rgyas pa'i smon lam drang srong bden pa'i dbyangs snyan
  • དཔལ་ནཱ་ལེནདྲའི་པཎ་ཆེན་བཅུ་བདུན་གྱི་གསོལ་འདེབས་དད་གསུམ་གསལ་བྱེད་, dpal nA lendra'i paN chen bcu bdun gyi gsol 'debs dad gsum gsal byed
  • ཐུགས་དམ་གནད་བསྐུལ་གདུང་དབྱངས་གསོལ་འདེབས་, thugs dam gnad bskul gdung dbyangs gsol 'debs


  • The Inseparability of the Spiritual Master and Avalokiteshvara: a Source of all Powerful Attainments — a sadhana which the Fourteenth Dalai Lama composed when he was nineteen years of age and was first printed in Tibet in the Wood-Horse year (1954). Published in Activating Bodhichitta and a Meditation on Compassion by LTWA, ISBN 81-86470-52-2

Visits and Teachings to the Rigpa Sangha


Further Reading

  • Rigpa Journal, Number Two, September 2000, A Tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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