President Barack Obama meets with Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House in July 2011.

President Barack Obama meets with Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House in July 2011.

Although he describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk, the Dalai Lama has been called one of the world's most influential people. Followers believe he is the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, the enlightened Buddha of compassion. He has been living in exile since 1959, but travels the world with a message of tolerance and peace and is arguably the most visible symbol of Tibet's struggle for autonomy. Sunday, February 22, marks 75 years since his enthronement ceremony.

Although he describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk, the Dalai Lama has been called one of the world's most influential people. Followers believe he is the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, the enlightened Buddha of compassion. He has been living in exile since 1959, but travels the world with a message of tolerance and peace and is arguably the most visible symbol of Tibet's struggle for autonomy. Sunday, February 22, marks 75 years since his enthronement ceremony.

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before. - Dalai Lama

Community Post: 12 Inspirational Quotes Which Will Make You Want To Drop Everything And Travel The World

This is how I feel every single day.  I don't know if the Dalai Lama really said it but it vibrates with truth.  I made up my mind a few years ago to be happy and so far it has worked.

This is how I feel every single day. I don't know if the Dalai Lama really said it but it vibrates with truth. I made up my mind a few years ago to be happy and so far it has worked.

Simple religion by Dalai Lama - but you people make it soooooo hard to follow it! But thats how we where raised!

Simple religion by Dalai Lama - but you people make it soooooo hard to follow it! But thats how we where raised!

"Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are." Dalai Lama

"Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are." Dalai Lama

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