His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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|His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin
Gyatso, is the head of state, and the
spiritual leader of the Tibetian people.
Born in the northeastern region of Tibet in a
village called Taktser under the
name of Lhamo Dhondrup on July 6, 1935, in accordance
with Tibetian tradition,
he was recognized as the reincarnation of his
predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937
at the age of two years old.
As the reincarnate, he is the continuation of
Avalokitesvara, the Buddah of Compassion.
||Dalai Lama means OCEAN OF WISDOM. Tibetians often
refer to His Holiness as
YIZHIN NORBU, translated as THE WISH FULFILLING
GEM, or simply as KUNDUN
which means THE PRESENCE.
In March of 1959, he went into exile, during
the national revolts of the Tibetian people
against Chinese military occupation of his homeland.
Since this time, he has lived in
Dharamsala India, also known as 'Little Lhasa",
which is where the seat of the Tibetian
Government-in-exile is based, as a constitutional
democracy since 1963. There may be
as many as 125,000 Tibetian refugees living in
||Over the last 10 or more years, His
Holiness has attempted to initiate dialogues with the
Chinese government and to propose his FIVE POINT
PEACE PLAN - initially proposed in 1987 which would stabilize the entire
Asian region, and which has received much acclaim and praise from statesmen
and governments around the world.
We still await the response from the Chinese.
He received the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE in December
A copy of his acceptance letter is posted in the
next section, below.
Photo: Gabreal Franklin, All Planet Network
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
University Aula, Oslo, December
Your Majesty, Members of the Nobel Committee,
Brothers and Sisters:
I am very happy to be here with you today to receive
the Nobel Prize for Peace. I feel honoured, humbled and deeply moved that
you should give this important prize to a simple monk from Tibet. I am
no one special. But, I believe the prize is a recognition of the true values
of altruism, love, compassion and nonviolence which I try to practise,
in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha and the great sages of India
I accept the prize with profound gratitude on
behalf of the oppressed everywhere and for all those who struggle for freedom
and work for world peace. I accept it as a tribute to the man who founded
the modern tradition of nonviolent action for change - Mahatma Gandhi -
whose life taught and inspired me. And, of course, I accept it on behalf
of the six million Tibetan people, my brave countrymen and women inside
Tibet, who have suffered and continue to suffer so much. They confront
a calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of their
national and cultural identities. The prize reaffirms our conviction that
with truth, courage and determination as our weapons, Tibet will be liberated.
No matter what part of the world we come from,
we are all basically the same human beings. We all seek happiness and try
to avoid suffering. We have the same basic human needs and concerns. All
of us human beings want freedom and the right to determine our own destiny
as individuals and as peoples. That is human nature. The great changes
that are taking place everywhere in the world, from Eastern Europe to Africa,
are a clear indication of this.
In China the popular movement for democracy was
crushed by brutal force in June this year. But I do not believe the demonstrations
were in vain, because the spirit of freedom was rekindled among the Chinese
people and China cannot escape the impact of this spirit of freedom sweeping
many parts of the world. The brave students and their supporters showed
the Chinese leadership and the world the human face of that great nation.
Last week a number of Tibetans were once again
sentenced to prison terms of up to nineteen years at a mass show trial,
possibly intended to frighten the population before today's event. Their
only "crime" was the expression of the widespread desire of Tibetans for
the restoration of their beloved country's independence.
The suffering of our people during the past forty
years of occupation is well documented. Ours has been a long struggle.
We know our cause is just. Because violence can only breed more violence
and suffering, our struggle must remain nonviolent and free of hatred.
We are trying to end the suffering of our people, not to inflict suffering
It is with this in mind that I proposed negotiations
between Tibet and China on numerous occasions. In 1987, I made specific
proposals in a five-point plan for the restoration of peace and human rights
in Tibet. This included the conversion of the entire Tibetan plateau into
a Zone of Ahimsa, a sanctuary of peace and nonviolence where human beings
and nature can live in peace and harmony.
Last year, I elaborated on that plan in Strasbourg,
at the European Parliament. I believe the ideas I expressed on those occasions
are both realistic and reasonable, although they have been criticised by
some of my people as being too conciliatory. Unfortunately, China's leaders
have not responded positively to the suggestions we have made, which included
important concessions. If this continues we will be compelled to reconsider
Any relationship between Tibet and China will
have to be based on the principle of equality, respect, trust and mutual
benefit. It will also have to be based on the principle which the wise
rulers of Tibet and of China laid down in a treaty as early as 823 A.D.,
carved on the pillar which still stands today in front of the Jo-khang,
Tibet's holiest shrine, in Lhasa, that "Tibetans will live happily in the
great land of Tibet, and the Chinese will live happily in the great land
As a Buddhist monk, my concern extends to all
members of the human family and, indeed, to all sentient beings who suffer.
I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on
others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true
happiness comes from a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn
must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion
and elimination of ignorance, selfishness and greed.
The problems we face today, violent conflicts,
destruction of nature, poverty, hunger, and so on, are human-created problems
which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development
of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal
responsibility for one another and the planet we share. Although I have
found my own Buddhist religion helpful in generating love and compassion,
even for those we consider our enemies, I am convinced that everyone can
develop a good heart and a sense of universal responsibility with or without
With the ever-growing impact of science on our
lives, religion and spirituality have a greater role to play by reminding
us of our humanity. There is no contradiction between the two. Each gives
us valuable insights into the other. Both science and the teachings of
the Buddha tell us of the fundamental unity of all things. This understanding
is crucial if we are to take positive and decisive action on the pressing
global concern with the environment. I believe all religions pursue the
same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to
all human beings. Though the means might appear different the ends are
As we enter the final decade of this century
I am optimistic that the ancient values that have sustained mankind are
today reaffirming themselves to prepare us for a kinder, happier twenty-first
I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that
together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding
and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of
all sentient beings.
Watch here for the VIDEO PRESS RELEASE
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Visit in
Northern California, May 2001
LISTING OF APPEARANCES REMAINING
IN US 2001
Teachings in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on May 8 - 9, 2001
Teaching: "Generating a Good Heart"
Public Address: "Compassion and Universal Responsibility"
Contact and ticket information at: www.dalailamaminnesota.org
USA Tel: 612-624-2345
Teachings in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA on May 10 - 13th, 2001
Organized by the Utah Tibet Support Group and the Utah Tibetan Association
Teaching: "The Practice of Six Perfections"
Public Address: "Ethics for a New Millenium"
Contact and ticket information: www.utahtibet.org
Teachings in Portland, Oregon, USA on May 14 - 15th, 2001
Organized by the Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association
Teaching: "Pathways to Peace"
Contact and ticket information: www.nwtca.org
Teachings in San Francisco, California, USA May 16th,2001
Organized by American Himalayan Foundation
Contact and ticket informaiton: www.himalayan-foundation.org
USA Tel: 415-288-7245
NOTICE- This event, originally released as May 18, is actually May
at the San Francisco Opera House.
Thank you to Marilyn Seaton and Ericka Stone of
the American Himalayan Foundation for assisting in clarifying this mistake.
All Planet apologizes for any inconvienence this may have caused.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Shoreline Amphitheater, San Jose May 17, 18, 19
Heart of Wisdom Teachings
Thursday May 17: 10 am - 12 noon and 2 pm - 4 pm
Friday May 18: 10 am - 12 noon and 2 pm - 4 pm
Saturday May 19: 10 am - 12 noon and 2 pm - 4 pm
Public Talk: Peace Through Inner Peace
Saturday May 19, 5:30 pm
Medicine Buddha Empowerment
Sunday May 20, 9:00 am to noon.
Teachings in San Jose, California, USA from May 17th - 20th, 2001
Organized by Land of Medicine Buddha
Teaching: "the Heart of Wisdom and a Medicine
Public Address: "Peace Through Inner Peace"
Contact and ticket information: www.medicinebuddha.org
Teachings in Los Angeles, California, USA from May 25th - 27th,2001
Organized by Compassion & Wisdom buddhist Association
Teaching: Shantideva's "Guide to a Boddhisattva's Way of Life"
Chapter 6 on Patience and the 8pt. Mind Training
Contact: www.cwbausa.org (Chinese
language only website)
A public talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
UCLA 's Pauley Pavillion May 26th, 2001 6:00pm
for ticket information please contact:
310-825-2101-UCLA Ticket Office