Tenizn is a honorary fellow of Liverpool University, in the UK.
Tenzin was awarded the Christmas Humphreys award from the Buddhist Society of the UK on May 28, 2004
On June 4, 1999, Tenzin received the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.
Tenzin was awarded the Life Achievement Award from Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization on November 24, 1999.
Tenzin recieved the International League for Human Rights Award on September 19, 2003.
On September 24, 2003, Tenzin was awarded with the Hilton Humanitarian Award.
Tenzin was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United Stares Congress, and receive it in a ceremony on October 17, 2007.
Tenzin's eldest brother, Thupten Jigme Norbu, has been recognized as the rebirth of the high lama.
On June 22, 2006, Tenzin Gyatso became one of only three people ever to be recognized with an Honorary Citizenship by the House of Commons of Canada.
Tenzin met with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in 1973, and he met Pope John Paul II at the Vatican five times, in 1980, 1982, 1986, 1988 and 1990.
Tenzin began his education at the age of six years old and completed the Geshe Lharampa Degree (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy) when he was 25 in 1959.
Tenzin's enthronement as the 14th the Dalai Lama took place on February 22, 1940.
Tenzin enjoys collecting and repairing watches.
On November 17, 1950, Tenzin was enthroned as Tibet's Head of State, at the age of fifteen.
Tenzin was proclaimed to be the rebirth of the thirteenth Dalai Lama at the age of five.
Tenzin received the Earth Prize from the United Earth and U.N. Environmental Program on June 5th, 1991.
On September 27, 1979, Tenzin received the key to San Francisco City from the mayor.
Tenzin has been placed on TIME magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people three times; in 2004,2005 and 2008.
Tenzin is one of sixteen children and one of the five of them to survive after the age of 6.
Tenzin recieved the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
Tenzin: As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery… we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.
Tenzin: Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Tenzin (On why Tibet receives little attention from the rest of the world): Tibet is not like Kuwait. Kuwait has oil.
Tenzin: If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. In my view, science and Buddhism share a search for the truth and for understanding reality. By learning from science about aspects of reality where its understanding may be more advanced, I believe that Buddhism enriches its own worldview.
Tenzin: Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking. But it depends on the circumstances. If the unborn child will be retarded or if the birth will create serious problems for the parent, these are cases where there can be an exception. I think abortion should be approved or disapproved according to each circumstance.
Tenzin: Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one's own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some people say that, from a certain angle, Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind. Religion has much involvement with faith. Sometimes it seems that there is quite a distance between a way of thinking based on faith and one entirely based on experiment, remaining skeptical. Unless you find something through investigation, you do not want to accept it as fact. From one viewpoint, Buddhism is a religion; from another viewpoint Buddhism is a science of mind and not a religion. Buddhism can be a bridge between these two sides. Therefore, with this conviction I try to have closer ties with scientists, mainly in the fields of cosmology, psychology, neurobiology and physics. In these fields there are insights to share, and to a certain extent we can work together.
Tenzin: All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness, the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
Tenzin: Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer.
Tenzin: In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
Tenzin: My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Tenzin: I am a simple Buddhist monk - no more, no less.
Tenzin: Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.