Tsering, Tensin (Tenzin Gyatso; the [14th] Dalai Lama)
Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
Tibetan Buddhist religious leader
enthroned at Lhasa as 14th leader of Dge-lugs-pa Buddhist order 1940
assumed titular sovereignty over Tibet with termination of regency 1950
delegate to China's National People's Congress 1954-1959
fled to India 1959 upon China's suppression of Tibetan national uprising
foremost advocate of peaceful opposition to China's occupation of Tibet
Nobel Prize in Peace 1989
wrote memoir "Freedom in Exile" 1990
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