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Dalai Lama, leader of Tibet and bestselling author, is born

Dalai Lama, leader of Tibet and bestselling author, is born

On today, a child named Tenzin Gyatso, future leader of Tibet and bestselling author, exists to a peasant family members in Takster, Tibet. At age two, he’ll be declared the Dalai Lama. In 1999, he’ll have two bestsellers on the nonfiction lists.

In 1937, the kid was declared the reincarnation of an excellent Buddhist spiritual leader and named the 14th Dalai Lama. His leadership rights were exercised by way of a regency till 1950. That exact same year, he was forced to flee by the Chinese but negotiated an agreement and returned to lead Tibet for the next eight years. In 1959, an unsuccessful Tibetan nationalist uprising resulted in a crackdown by China, and the Dalai Lama fled to Punjab, India, where he established his democratic government in exile. In 1989, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to the nonviolent liberation of Tibet.

In 1998, his book The Art of Happiness, written with psychiatrist Howard Cutler, became a bestseller. His next book, Ethics for the New Millennium (1999), cracked the bestseller lists in August 1999, giving him two titles in the Top 10. Both books supplied guidance for content, easy living. Although drawing on Buddhist teachings, the written books argue that spiritual faith is not needed to call home a contented, peaceful life.

He has because written several more books and, in 2005, was named an individual of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

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Source: History