His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is a spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and the most influential figure in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.
He was born on July 6, 1935, in Taktser, Amdo, Tibet, and was identified at an early age as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama.
At the age of 15 he assumed full political power as the head of the Tibetan government. Following the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, he was forced into exile in India where he has since been based.
Throughout his life, the Dalai Lama has advocated for peaceful and non-violent solutions to conflicts and sought to promote all sentient beings’ well-being. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and continues to be a powerful advocate for human rights, religious harmony, and environmental protection.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a South African Anglican cleric and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa.
Tutu was an outspoken advocate for human rights and democracy and has been a tireless campaigner against poverty, HIV/AIDS, and racism.
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his leadership in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. After his retirement in 1996, he continued to campaign for human rights and social justice in his country and worldwide.