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An inspiring leader with a global standing:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. His Holiness has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has met Presidents, Prime Ministers, and rulers of major nations and held dialogues with famous scientists and the heads of many different religions.
Since 1959, His Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. He has also authored more than 72 books.
Tibetans across the globe celebrate his birthday with prayers, picnics and performances celebrating Tibetan culture, although celebrations in Tibet are banned. On his 85th birthday, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, a series of virtual celebrations and musical events were organised by the Central Tibetan Administration in India. These were under the banner of ‘Year of Gratitude’ - a year long tribute to the Dalai Lama and to share, promote and celebrate the teachings and lifework of the Dalai Lama, who is one of the most beloved spiritual leaders of our generation and whose powerful words have inspired many.