Dalai Lama

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama Celebrates 80th Birthday at the World Compassion Summit in Anaheim, California


BORN to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet in 1935, Lhamo Thondup was only two years old when he was recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama and renamed Tenzin Gyatso (shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso). From childhood, he was trained as a monk, and as a teenager, he became the head on Tibetan government in their fight against the occupying forces of the People's Republic of China. He has been the leader of the Tibetan government in exile since he fled to India in 1959. He has traveled the world to speak about peace, the welfare of Tibetans, the environment, Buddhism and science, women's rights and economics. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet and became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. From July 5-7, 2015, hundreds of well-wishers attended the three-day Global Compassion Summit to mark the spiritual leader's 80th birthday at the Anaheim Honda Center and the University of California, Irvine in Orange County, California. Special guests at the event included politicians, academics and celebrities who joined His Holiness for discussions related to global compassion, creativity and the arts, youth leadership and climate change. Tokyo Journal Executive Editor Dr. Anthony Al-Jamie spoke with a number of these special guests about peace, compassion and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. tj

Photograph by Kevin Baldes

Interview of Anaheim Mayor: Tom Tait


Photographs courtesy of the City of Anaheim

Interview of Dalai Lama's Personal Student: Rajiv Mehrotra


Photographs courtesy of Rajiv Mehrotra

Interview of The First American Monk of Tibetan Buddhism: Robert Thurman


Photographs courtesy of Robert Thurman

Interview of Atmospheric Scientist: Dr.Veerabhadran Ramanathan


Photographs courtesy of Dr.Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Interview of The World's Greatest Living Oceanographer: Walter Munk


Photographs by Emily Scher 

Interview of Former U.S. Senate Candidate: Loretta Sánchez


Photographs courtesy of Loretta Sanchez

Interview of Actor: Justin Baldoni


Photograph by TJ Manou

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