10 Historical Photos of the Dalai Lama

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DHARAMSHALA, India — The Dalai Lama is one of the most respected and trusted leaders in the world. The 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, is the current spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Buddhists all around the world follow his teachings of non-violence and kindness. Here are some photos of the Dalai Lama from his official enthronement ceremony to today.

At His Enthronement Ceremony

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His Holiness sitting on the throne during his official enthronement ceremony on February 22, 1940 in Lhasa, Tibet.
Photo: Dalai Lama

Escape Into Exile

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His Holiness is forced into exile in India in 1959 following the Chinese military occupation of Tibet. He took up residence in Dharamsala, India, which also became the headquarters of the government-of-exile of Tibet.
Source: CNN
Photo: Dalai Lama

At the Vatican

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His Holiness meets with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican on September 30, 1973. This is the first ever meeting between a pope and a spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists.
Source: CNN
Photo: WSJ

In Oxford, England

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His Holiness meets with Mother Teresa at the Global Survival Conference in the U.K. in 1988.
Photo: WSJ

In Norway

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His Holiness receives the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1989 for his work to free Tibet from Chinese rule using nonviolent means.
Source: WSJ
Photo: Central Tibetan Administration

In Philadelphia

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His Holiness visits the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on September 22, 1990.
Source: WSJ
Photo: Philadelphia International Airport

At the White House

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His Holiness meets President George H.W. Bush in 1991. This is the first ever meeting between a U.S. President and a spiritual leader of Tibet.
Source: CNN
Photo: ICT

In Jerusalem

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His Holiness, Ashkenazi chief rabbi Yona Metzger, and West Bank Tekoa settlement rabbi Menachem Froman walk down a corrider during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Israel in 2006.
Photo: WSJ

In Taipei, Taiwan

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His Holiness presides over a prayer for Taiwan’s typhoon victims at Kaohsuing Main Stadium.
Photo: ICT

With President Obama

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His Holiness meets with President Barack Obama on February 18, 2010 to discuss human rights and religious freedom for the people of Tibet.
Source: CNN
Photo: The Guardian

Brillian Bao

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