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Dalai Lama : Biography

Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born Lhamo Dhondrub on 6 July 1935, in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. Born to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
The Dalai Lamas are the manifestations of the Bodhisattva (Buddha) of Compassion, who chose to reincarnate to serve the people. Lhamo Dhondrub was, as Dalai Lama, renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso - Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom. Tibetans normally refer to His Holiness as Yeshe Norbu, the Wishfulfilling Gem or simply Kundun - The Presence.

The enthronement ceremony took place on February 22, 1940 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

He began his education at the age of six and completed the Geshe Lharampa Degree (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy) when he was 25 in 1959. At 24, he took the preliminary examinations at each of the three monastic universities: Drepung, Sera and Ganden. The final examination was conducted in the Jokhang, Lhasa during the annual Monlam Festival of Prayer, held in the first month of every year Tibetan calendar.




  
  
  
  




Dalai Lama : Bibliography


- The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
- Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart
- Beyond Dogma: The Challenge of the Modern World
- Commentary on the Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattva
- The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom
- A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night: A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life
- The Four Noble Truths
- Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama of Tibet
- Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective
- The Heart of Compassion: A Dalai Lama Reader
- The Heart of the Buddha's Path
- Kindness, Clarity, and Insight
- Love, Kindness and Universal Responsibility
- The Opening of the Wisdom Eye
- The Path to Enlightenment: H.H. Dalai Lama
- The Path to Tranquillity: Daily Meditations
- The Power of Compassion
- The Transformed Mind
- Transforming the Mind
- The Way to Freedom: Core Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism
- Worlds in Harmony: Dialogues on Compassionate Action


Dalai Lama : Portraits


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Dalai Lama : Internet Link


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