HHDL comforts a young boy who lost his parents to the tsunami last March in Ishinomaki, Japan. "We need to relate to each other out of compassion, with a sense of connection to each other and a deep recognition of our common humanity". Photo/Kimimasa Mayama
Tenzin Gyatso (6 July 1935) is the 14th and current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are the most influential figures in the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, although the 14th has consolidated control over the other lineages in recent years. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet. Tibetans traditionally believe him to be the reincarnation of his predecessors and a manifestation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion.