"Genuine Ahimsa, or non-violence, will only come after the inner disarmament of our mind. Lots of problems in this world are created out of ignorance and greed and it is impossible to achieve non-violence if our minds are full of fear and hatred. We need to use our human intelligence in challenging and overcoming negative emotions with positive emotions.” HH the Dalai Lama
Describing himself as a simple 'Buddhist monk', the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is revered as one of the great spiritual leaders of our time, reaching out to people of all faiths and no faith. Few names are so immediately associated with the causes of peace and, among the many awards he has received, is the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace.
Now eighty, the Dalai Lama's wisdom, compassion and warm-hearted humour continue to touch and inspire people around the world.
In 1959, as Tibet faced Chinese occupation, he made a daring escape over the Himalayas to exile in Northern India; since then thousands of his countrymen have followed in his footsteps. The Dalai Lama has remained in exile ever since and often jokes that he is “India’s longest-staying guest.”