The political and spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness Dalai Lama has been living in exile in Northern India since 1959 when the Chinese began a brutal repression of the Tibetan people. The recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Dalai Lama works tirelessly to promote understanding and compassion throughout the world, traveling, speaking and teaching. He has authored dozens of books on ethics and Buddhism. Tenzin Gyatso was recognized as the Dalai Lama at two years old, and was educated as a monk, attaining the highest philosophical degree of Buddhism. In 1949, he took on the role of ruling Tibet when China invaded. He has received over 84 awards and degrees and works now to have Tibet recognized as an autonomous region of China.