Spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel Prize winner who travels the world talking about the importance of compassion as the source of a happy life.
He was born Tenzin Gyatso, and was believed to be the reincarnation of his predecessor; he did not speak Tibetan as a child, but rather he spoke a dialect of Chinese, Xining.
During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, he fled to India, where he denounced the People's Republic and established a Tibetan government in exile.
His parents are named Diki and Choekyong Tsering.
Richard Gere supported him in his political aspirations.
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