The Dalai Lama. The First Dalai Lama. Gedun Drupa, was born in 1391 in central Tibet His parents were Gonpo Dorjee and Jomo Namkha Kyi His given name was Pema Dorjee He founded theTashi Lhunpo monastery Wrote more than 8 books Spread Buddhism throughout Tibet.
Since his exile to India, Tenzin Gyatso has labored to draw attention to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and bring the message of Tibetan Buddhism to the rest of the world.
At a 1986 prayer for peace organized by the Vatican in Assisi, the Dalai Lama joins from left: The Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, Orthodox Archbishop Methodius and Pope John Paul II.
Every year, thousands travel to India to pay their respects to His Holiness. At the core of the Dalai Lama's political message is the belief that global peace cannot begin until each person has attained inner peace.