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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Announced as Luminary for the Upcoming 2021 Parliament

June 24, 2021

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has confirmed his participation as a featured luminary at the upcoming 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions. His Holiness has addressed the Parliament in 1993, 2009, 2015, and 2018 where he has advocated for climate justice, interfaith understanding, and direct action by communities of faith in making a difference in the world.

He is no stranger to the virtual possibilities of a Parliament convening, his participation at the 2015 Salt Lake City Parliament and the 2018 Toronto Parliament were streamed live for participants in the respective cities. At the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions,  His Holiness will join the global interfaith movement to celebrate the 8th Parliament convening to be hosted completely virtually around the world.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. This Nobel Prize-winning peace activist is known for his unswerving commitment to love, compassion and non-violence, and has moved the world with his spiritual teachings on “the universal religion of kindness.” Since 1967, His Holiness has traveled and met with adherents, leaders, and scholars in over forty-five countries and has authored or co-authored more than sixty books.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, the child, then named Lhamo Dhondup, was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are realized beings inspired by a wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings, who have vowed to be reborn in the world to help humanity.

His Holiness has often reaffirmed his commitment to and leadership in the global interfaith movement. In 2015 he challenged peoples of faith and conscience around the world to commit to action in making a difference in the world.

I believe the interfaith movement can contribute in helping to save the world. But not just through the nice words of dialogue but with our actions. It is the responsibility of human beings to fix the problems which we create – of climate change, of the widening income gap, of hate and war. God will not do this for us, we must take responsibility for our actions.His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Join His Holiness the Dalai Lama this October at the 2021 Parliament, now extended to the evening of October 16th, cumulatively offering 48 hours of programming for attendees around the world. Commit to a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Watch his full address at the 2018 Toronto Parliament below!