Each Dalai Lama is believed to be the reincarnation of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, reappearing in a child when the incumbent Dalai Lama dies. The present Dalai Lama, the fourteenth incarnation, escaped to India in 1959 following the invasion of Tibet by the Chinese and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
- During his visit to the U.S., the Dalai Lama met with the President.
- On its part, the western world was in so deep a spiritual quagmire that only a Dalai Lama could help it.
- The event, which will honour the Dalai Lama, Shirin Ebadi, Vaclav Havel, and Desmond Tutu, will take place at Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral on April 20.
Late 17th century: from Tibetan, literally 'ocean guru', so named because he is regarded as “the ocean of compassion” (see lama).
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Syllabification: Da·lai La·ma
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