Dalai Lama Fast Facts – CNN
Father: Choekyong Tsering
Mother: Dekyi Tsering
Education: Geshe Lharampa Degree (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy), 1959
The Dalai Lamas are considered the manifestations of the Bodhisattva (Buddha) of Compassion, who chose to reincarnate to serve the people.
This Dalai Lama, the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatsois, is the 74th manifestation of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, the enlightened Buddha of compassion.
Tibetans normally refer to His Holiness as Yeshe Norbu, the Wishfulfilling Gem, or simply Kundun — The Presence.
Has traveled to numerous countries with a message of religious and cultural tolerance and peace.
1938 – Is taken from his family in Taktser to the Kumbum monastery after a delegation of monks looking for the new Dalai Lama find him.
February 22, 1940 – Enthronement ceremony takes place in Lhasa, Tibet. His birth name is forfeited and he assumes the name Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso.
November 8, 1950 – Chinese soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army invade Tibet at Lhasa.
November 17, 1950 – The Dalai Lama assumes full political power as Tibetan Head of State and Government ahead of schedule. Investiture is moved up from his 18th birthday as a result of China’s invasion of Tibet.
1954-1959 – Participates in unsuccessful peace talks in Beijing with Chinese leaders including Mao Tse-Tung, Chou En-lai and Deng Xiaoping. In 1959, the talks end when the Chinese army forces 80,000 Tibetan refugees into exile.
March 17, 1959 – Goes into exile; leaves Lhasa for India dressed as a soldier.
April 21, 1959 – Officially takes up residence in exile in Mussoorie, India.
1960 – Dharamsala, India, becomes home to the Dalai Lama and headquarters of the government-in-exile of Tibet.
1963 – Enacts a new Tibetan democratic constitution based on Buddhist principles and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
May 1977 – The Chinese government makes the Dalai Lama a conditional offer, the opportunity to return to Tibet after acceptance of Chinese rule over Tibet. The offer is rejected.
August 3, 1979 – Arrives in the United States for a 49-day tour.
September 1987 – Attends the Congressional Human rights Caucus in Washington, DC, and proposes a Five Point Peace Plan for Tibet’s future.
September 1995 – Tours the United States urging government involvement with talks with China over Tibetan autonomy.
March 27, 1997 – Meets with President Lee Teng-hui of Taiwan in Taipei.
November 10, 1998 – Requests assistance in opening official negotiations with China regarding the future of Tibet at a meeting of senior government officials in Washington, DC, that includes Clinton. The Dalai Lama says that the distrust between himself and China is too great to re-open the talks.
2002 – Speaks out against China, stating that China should embrace democracy if the country is to be a major world power in the coming years. He also criticizes the United States-led war on terrorism, saying that the use of force to override terrorists overlooks the underlying problems that lead to terrorism.
September 2003 – Begins a 16-day tour of the United States in San Francisco. Other cities he visits include New York; Boston; Washington, DC; and Bloomington, Indiana, meeting again with Bush and Powell.
September 19-22, 2004 – Tours South Florida and gives a series of public and private lectures on peace and religious and cultural harmony. Lecture sites include University of Miami and Florida International University.
September 11, 2006 – Receives honorary Canadian citizenship in a ceremony at Vancouver’s GM Place Stadium.
February 5, 2007 – The Dalai Lama is named a presidential distinguished professor at Emory University in Atlanta.
June 22, 2007 – Appears in the documentary, “Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama,” a 2001 interview done in India that shows some of the life and teachings of the Dalai Lama.
January 2008 – Calls for peaceful protests during the upcoming Beijing Olympics, to highlight the plight of Tibet.
March 18, 2008 – States during an interview that he would step down as leader of Tibetan exiles if violence in Tibet were to get out of control.
April 13, 2008 – Arrives in the US for a 10-day tour that makes stops in Seattle, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Hamilton, New York.
May 29, 2011 – Approves amendments to the exiled constitution, formally removing his political and administrative responsibilities.
July 16, 2011 – Meets with Obama at the White House.
May 14, 2012 – Accepts the Templeton Prize, an award worth £1.1 million ($1.77 million) that honors “outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality.”