Dalai Lama The Tibetan Monk
The Dalai Lama, a Tibet Monk on a mission was born Lhamo Dhondrub on July 6th, 1935, in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. When the Dalai Lama was two, he was discovered by a group of
traveling Tibetan Buddhist monks. Shortly after that, the Dalai Lama was recognized, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th
Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion. At a very early age this Tibet Monk went to live with the monks to prepare for his life’s work and at age six began his education and completed the Geshe Lharampa Degree (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy) nineteen years later.
He was renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso - Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom. The Tibetan people normally refer to His Holiness as Yeshe Norbu, the Wishfulfilling Gem or simply Kundun - The Presence. The enthronement ceremony took place on February 22, 1940 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
On November 17, 1950, at the age of 15, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, assumed full political power after Tibet was invaded by Mao Tse-tung and the armies of Communist China. All of his attempts to achieve a peaceful solution were unsuccessful and finally, when his life was put in jeopardy, he fled to India where he was given political asylum. There were 80,000 Tibetan refugees who followed His Holiness into exile and today there are 120,000 Tibetans living in exile waiting to return to their homeland. Since 1960, Kundun has made his home in Dharamsala, India, known as the “Little Lhasa”, the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-exile. He has spent much his life promoting world peace and appealing to the nations of the world to help those suffering from oppression. The Dalai Lama has become a world figure representing humanities pursuit of spirituality, human rights and peace.
The portrait of "Monk on a Mission" was inspired by the Dalai Lama.
“For as long as space endures, and for as long as living beings remain,
until then may I, too, abide to dispel the misery of the world."
36" X 36"