His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has become known as one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the world. Born in Takster in Northern Tibet as Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness was identified as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama by Buddhist officials when he was two. At 16 he came into power as the Head of State and Government in Tibet.

In 1959, the Dalai Lama was forced to escape to Dharamsala in India when the Chinese military invaded Tibet. He has been living in exile for over 50 years.

The Dalai Lama was recognized for his nonviolent approach to the liberation of Tibet and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. The self-proclaimed “simple Buddhist monk” has brought his wisdom and teachings to more than 62 countries since 1959.

In celebration of the Dalai Lama's 77th birthday, morning festivities will be held in Dharamsala at the main Tibetan Temple with evening events at the Institute of Tibetan Performing Art, which will include performances and prayers.

Read some of the Dalai Lama's most inspirational quotes and tweets in our slideshow below.

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  • 2012

    Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama laughs as he addresses Emory University faculty members and Tibetan Buddhist monks during a graduation ceremony in Dharamsala, India.

  • Westminster Abbey

    The Dalai Lama attends a service entitled 'A Moment of Prayer and Reflection in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama' at Westminster Abbey, central London in 2012.

  • St. Paul's Cathedral 2012

    Dalai Lama reacts to Tibetan children and auspicious dancers as he arrives at St. Paul's Cathedral in London to receive the 2012 Templeton Prize awarded to him for encouraging scientific research and harmony among religions.

  • The Dalai Lama Visits Scotland

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives at the Caird Hall in Dundee, Scotland in 2012.

  • Tibetan Spiritual Leader The Dalai Lama

    The Dalai Lama takes part in a service of prayer and reflection attended by representatives from different religious groups at Westminster Abbey in 2012. After the service the Dalai Lama was expected to meet with the Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

  • The Dalai Lama Speaks At Westminster Abbey

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama attends a multi-faith service entitled "A Moment of Prayer and Reflection in the Presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama" at Westminster Abbey in 2012.

  • Royal Albert Hall 2012

    The Dalai Lama, Tibet's Buddhist spiritual leader, looks upwards as he listens to a Tibetan Choir before he gave a public talk entitled "Real Change Happens in the Heart."

  • The Dalai Lama At His 77th Birthday Celebration

    Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama delivers an address during his 77th birthday celebrations at the Tsuglakhang Temple in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala.


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