44 Facts About Tenzin Gyatso


Tenzin Gyatso is the highest spiritual leader and former head of state of Tibet.

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Tenzin Gyatso is considered a living Bodhisattva; specifically, an emanation of Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit and Chenrezig in Tibetan.

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Tenzin Gyatso is the leader and an ordained monk of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, formally headed by the Ganden Tripa.

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Tenzin Gyatso retired as political head in 2011 to make way for a democratic government, the Central Tibetan Administration.

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Tenzin Gyatso was selected as the tulku of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937 and formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in a public declaration near the town of Bumchen in 1939.

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Tenzin Gyatso attends conferences on a wide range of subjects, including the relationship between religion and science, meets with other world leaders, religious leaders, philosophers and scientists, online and in person.

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Tenzin Gyatso was one of seven siblings to survive childhood and one of the three supposed reincarnated Rinpoches in the same family.

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Tenzin Gyatso gave Kewtsang the names of three boys whom he had discovered and identified as candidates.

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Tenzin Gyatso held an old mala that had belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama, and the boy Lhamo Dhondup, aged two, approached and asked for it.

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Tenzin Gyatso first demanded proof that the boy was the Dalai Lama, but the Lhasa government, though informed by Kewtsang that this was the one, told Kewtsang to say he had to go to Lhasa for further tests with other candidates.

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Tenzin Gyatso passed with honours and was awarded the Lharampa degree, the highest-level geshe degree, roughly equivalent to a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy.

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Tenzin Gyatso did no more than present a ceremonial scarf, as was done by the others, including the British Representative.

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Tenzin Gyatso added that Wu Zhongxin spent a lot of time and energy on the event, his effect of presiding over or organizing the event was very obvious.

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Tenzin Gyatso sent a delegation to Beijing, which ratified the Seventeen Point Agreement without his authorization in 1951.

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Tenzin Gyatso learned Chinese and socialist ideals, as explained by his Chinese hosts, on a tour of China showcasing the benefits of socialism and the effective governance provided to turn the large, impoverished nation into a modern and egalitarian society, which impressed him.

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Tenzin Gyatso observed that the Goddess Tara was a kind-hearted woman.

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Tenzin Gyatso created a Tibetan educational system in order to teach the Tibetan children the language, history, religion, and culture.

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Tenzin Gyatso supported the refounding of 200 monasteries and nunneries in an attempt to preserve Tibetan Buddhist teachings and the Tibetan way of life.

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Tenzin Gyatso responded that he had "lost faith" in efforts to negotiate with the Chinese government, and that it was "up to the Tibetan people" to decide what to do.

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Tenzin Gyatso frequently accepts requests from students to visit various countries worldwide in order to give teachings to large Buddhist audiences, teachings that are usually based on classical Buddhist texts and commentaries, and most often those written by the 17 pandits or great masters of the Nalanda tradition, such as Nagarjuna, Kamalashila, Shantideva, Atisha, Aryadeva and so on.

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Tenzin Gyatso has frequently visited and lectured at colleges and universities, some of which have conferred honorary degrees upon him.

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Tenzin Gyatso has since visited Israel three times, and in 2006 met the Chief Rabbi of Israel.

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Tenzin Gyatso has met the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, and other leaders of the Anglican Church in London, Gordon B Hinckley, who at the time was the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as senior Eastern Orthodox Church, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Sikh officials.

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Tenzin Gyatso has said that had he not been brought up as a monk he would probably have been an engineer.

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Tenzin Gyatso's growing wish to develop meaningful scientific dialogue to explore the Buddhism and science interface led to invitations for him to attend relevant conferences on his visits to the west, including the Alpbach Symposia on Consciousness in 1983 where he met and had discussions with the late Chilean neuroscientist Francisco J Varela.

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Tenzin Gyatso said that he believed that China after opening up, had changed 40 to 50 percent of what it was earlier, and that Tibetans wanted to get more development from China.

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Tenzin Gyatso says he considers India the master and Tibet its disciple, as great scholars went from India to Tibet to teach Buddhism.

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Tenzin Gyatso has noted that millions of people lost their lives in violence and the economies of many countries were ruined due to conflicts in the 20th century.

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Tenzin Gyatso reiterated in December 2021 that India was a role model for religious harmony in the world.

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Tenzin Gyatso spent many years as a vegetarian, but after contracting hepatitis in India and suffering from weakness, his doctors told him to return to eating meat which he now does twice a week.

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Tenzin Gyatso reports hearing of communism when he was very young, but only in the context of the destruction of the Mongolian People's Republic.

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Tenzin Gyatso finds Marxism superior to capitalism, believing the latter is only concerned with "how to make profits", whereas the former has "moral ethics".

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Tenzin Gyatso has pointed out that many rivers in Asia originate in Tibet, and that the melting of Himalayan glaciers could affect the countries in which the rivers flow.

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Tenzin Gyatso acknowledged official Chinese laws against deforestation in Tibet, but lamented they can be ignored due to possible corruption.

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Tenzin Gyatso was quoted as saying "ecology should be part of our daily life"; personally, he takes showers instead of baths, and turns lights off when he leaves a room.

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Tenzin Gyatso has said that problems arising from conjugal life sometimes even lead to suicide or murder.

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Tenzin Gyatso has asserted that all religions have the same view about adultery.

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Tenzin Gyatso called on women to "lead and create a more compassionate world", citing the good works of nurses and mothers.

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Tenzin Gyatso stated that Europe has a responsibility to refugees to "receive them, help them, educate them", but that they should aim to return to their places of origin and that "they ultimately should rebuild their own country".

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Tenzin Gyatso added that Chinese laws banning the selection of successors based on reincarnation will not impact his decisions.

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Tenzin Gyatso has expressed fear that the Chinese government would manipulate any reincarnation selection in order to choose a successor that would go along with their political goals.

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Tenzin Gyatso's Holiness replied, 'Certainly, if that would be more helpful, ' adding, as a joke, that she should be attractive.

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Tenzin Gyatso said he hoped that the Chinese-recognised Panchen Lama studied well under the guidance of a good teacher, adding that there were instances in Tibetan Buddhist tradition, of a reincarnated lama taking more than one manifestation.

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Tenzin Gyatso has been depicted as a character in various other movies and television programs including:.

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