Who is the Dalai Lama? 8 facts to celebrate his 80th birthday

July 6, 2015 8:02 PM

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Who is the Dalai Lama? 8 facts to celebrate his 80th birthday

This is an undated photo of the future Dalai Lama of Tibetan Buddhism, born Lhamo Dhondrub on July 6, 1935, in the village of Takster in northeastern Tibet. The 14th Dalai Lama was enthroned Feb. 22, 1940, and renamed Tenzin Gyatso.

The Dalai Lama, 15-year-old ruler of Tibet, smiles from his Throne in Lhasa on Nov. 9, 1950. He wears a gold peaked cap that is his crown.

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