Born as Lhamo Dhondrub on 6 July 1935, he was recognised at the age of
two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama.
Dalai Lama literally translates as 'Ocean of Wisdom'.
The Dalai Lama follows the life of a Buddhist monk - living in a small
cottage in Dharamsala and rising at 4am to meditate. He then pursues
an ongoing schedule of administrative meetings, private audiences and
religious teachings - concluding each day with further prayer before retiring.
He says "I always believe that it is much better to have a variety of religions,
a variety of philosophies, rather than one single religion or philosophy.
This is necessary because of the different mental dispositions of each human
being. Each religion has certain unique ideas or techniques, and learning
about them can only enrich one's own faith."
The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.