For him, serving others is not only for their welfare but a meaningful life to him. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has preached throughout the world, making him the religious and spiritual rock star of the world. Dalai Lama spoke on many things beyond religion and he guided people on how to see themselves in reality.
1. Born as Lhamo Dondrub, Tenzin Gyatso is the religious name of the 14th Dalai Lama which is shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso.
2. Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso means Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom.
3. Born and brought up in Taktser village, Amdo, Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama is the longest lived incumbent, who are considered important monks of the Gelug School, school of Tibetan Buddhism.
4. The Dalai Lama was born to a farming and horse trading family on 6th July 1935.
5. His mother, Diki Tsering, gave birth to him on the dirty floor of the family’s stable.
6. The policy of the Dalai Lama (until retired from Central Tibetan Administration) was that he did not seek sovereignty for Tibet, but wanted Tibet permanently recognized as a genuine autonomous region within the Republic of China.
7. Since childhood, Dalai Lama developed a unique interest in science and technology, with a fascination for mechanical things like clocks, watches, telescopes and so on.
8. So, if he wasn’t brought up as a monk he would have been an engineer.
9. He understands and relates Buddhism to science, as the basic evidence of Buddhism comes from observation and analysis of similar spectacles.
10. He considers himself the messenger of India’s ancient thought of spreading non violence and harmony to the world.
11. Dalai Lama’s first spoken language was broken Xining, which is a part of Chinese language as his family members did not understand Tibetan.
12. Most of his devotees and lovers in the western world call him His holiness the Dalai Lama.
13. In 2001, he answered a girl in a Seattle school, telling her it is acceptable to shoot someone if he is trying to kill you.
14. Apart from spending time teaching and giving lectures on Buddhism, Dalai Lama loves investigating the exact relationship between science and Buddhism.
15. On his 70th birthday, around 10,000 Tibetan refugees, monks and foreign tourists were gathered outside his home.
16. He refers to himself as a Marxist and has pronounced criticisms of capitalism.
17. Public talks for non-Buddhist audiences and preaching Buddhism to audiences around the world are his main activities.
18. The kalachakra or the wheel of life is the most massive teaching of Buddhism with over 200,000 students and disciplines attending at a time.
19. Dalai Lama is the author of major books based on Buddhism and his writing includes basic Buddhist subjects and theories.
20. Dalai Lama refers to himself as the follower of Nalanda tradition such as Nagarjuna, Kamalashila, Shantideva, Atisha and so on.
21. He always emphasizes that all problems should be solved by talk and words, and that violence is outdated and will never solve the problem.
22. The Chinese press has criticized Dalai Lama for having close ties with India due to him saying he is ‘Tibetan in appearance and Indian in spirituality’.