Lhamo Dhondrub is a Buddhist monk. He is currently the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, or the spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people.
He was born to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet on July 6, 1935. When Lhamo Dhondrub became the Dalai Lama on February 22, 1940, his name changed to Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, which means Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom. He is most often referred to by the Tibetan people simply as Kundun, or The Presence. The title of Dalai Lama means "teacher whose wisdom is great as the ocean."
Accomplishments for Tolerance
In 1959 the Dalai Lama left Tibet to live in India because of China's rule of Tibet. Because of the Dalai Lama's work for peace in Tibet, his writings in Buddhist philosophy, and his leadership in finding solutions to international conflicts, human rights issues and global environmental problems around the world, many colleges have awarded him Peace Awards and honorary degrees.
In 1989 the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. According to the The Dalai Lama's Biography (see citation below) he received the prize because, "in his struggle for the liberation of Tibet (the Dalai Lama) consistently has opposed the use of violence. He has instead advocated peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people." When he accepted the award he said, "The prize reaffirms our conviction (strong beliefs) that with truth, courage and determination as our weapons, Tibet will be liberated (from China). Our struggle must remain nonviolent and free of hatred."
Even though Tibet is currently invaded by China, the Dalai Lama believes that the Tibetan people should not fight or even hate the Chinese people, but they should find peaceful ways to get back Tibet from the Chinese government.
Quotes of the Dalai Lama
Even with all of his accomplishments, the Dalai Lama still believes that he is, "just a simple Buddhist monk - no more, nor less."
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."