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Tenzin Gyatso

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Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, is a spiritual leader of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism and the leader of the Tibetan Government in Exile in Dharamsala, India. Born in 1935, Gyatso was recognized as the reincarnation of the thirteenth Dalai Lama at age two. After a decade-long conflict with Chinese government following the 1949 Revolution, he was offered exile in India in 1959 and fled the country. Since then he has built an international following as a Buddhist leader, published numerous books on spiritual topics, and traveled extensively in the West to promote the cause of greater cultural and political autonomy for Tibet. He received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in 1989. The Chinese government criticizes the Dalai Lama for interfering in the internal affairs of the Tibet Autonomous Region, which it considers an integral part of the country.