His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the leader of the Tibetan nation and people, fled Tibet from Chinese aggression into exile in 1959. In the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, he has become one of the world’s great exponents of non-violence. For this, he has won the admiration of the world and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
The Dalai Lama has developed his Middle Way initiative to resolve the Tibetan issue in consideration of the interest of both the Tibetans and the Chinese people. Facing the threat of religious and cultural extinction and the rising economic power of China, the Dalai Lama relinquished the goal of independence of Tibet in favor of genuine autonomy – a proposal that is not inconsistent with the Chinese Constitution. This approach also takes into consideration the People’s Republic of China’s security and stability concerns.
The Dalai Lama is the only person with the moral authority to ensure that such a solution could be implemented in Tibet. In 2002, dialogue began again between the Dalai Lama’s representatives and Beijing after more than a decade of diplomatic stalemate.
This represents a historic opportunity to find a solution for the Tibetan people in the Dalai Lama’s lifetime. More than ever before, the Dalai Lama needs the weight of international support to press the Chinese leadership to peacefully resolve the Tibet issue in a mutually acceptable way.
Basic biographical information for His Holiness.
Visits to the US ›
Information regarding His Holiness’s visits.
The Five Point Peace Plan ›
Analysis and history of the Five Point Peace Plan.