His Holiness the 14TH Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso,
was born to a family of peasants on July 6th 1935 in a small village
in Taktser, north-eastern Tibet. When he was two years old he was
recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama.
In 1950 the Chinese invaded Tibet – out of political
need His Holiness was immediately named political leader of the country,
despite being only sixteen years old and having nine years of religious
studies left. In march 1959, during the Tibetan uprising against the
Chinese occupation, he went into exile in India.
Since then, he has lived at the foot of the Himalayas in Dharamsala (North
India) where the Tibetan government in exile is located. His peaceful task of non-violent resistance against the Chinese occupation was recognized
in 1992 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize.