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October 5, 1989

The Dalai Lama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 Why does it matter?

The Dalai Lama is a Buddhist monk whose real name is Tenzin Gayatso. Those who follow him believe he is the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama, who was the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama before him. The first Dalai Lama lived in the 14th century. While the Dalai Lama is a religious leader, people honor him because of his commitment to peace in today's world. Originally from Tibet, he has been exiled from his home since 1949 when the Communist government of China took control of Tibet. The Dalai Lama has been working since then to re-establish an independent government for Tibet, and is the leader of the Tibetan government in exile.

For more information...

His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The official website of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Includes a photo gallery, biographies of the previous 13 Dalai Lamas, and information about the teachings of the Dalai Lama.

The 14th Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama's biography on the Nobel Prize site.

The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education
Part of the site of the Dalai Lama Foundation, this section is focused on youth and invites young people to become part of the peace movement.