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Dalai Lama to speak of happiness at Penguin Lecture

books Updated: Dec 06, 2011 07:04 IST

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Happiness and the art of being happy will be the focus of the fifth edition of the annual Penguin Lecture when the Tibetan Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, outlines his idea of human well-being here Dec 3.

The seer, who heads a Tibetan Buddhist government-in-exile at Dharamshala in India, is known for his thought-provoking themes relevant to the present times.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, revered as the spiritual leader of Tibet, was born to a peasant family in Taktser in northeastern Tibet, in 1935. He was named Lhamo Dhondup and was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of two.

The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet.

The spiritual leader was in news recently after China objected to his presence at a Buddhist conference and called off a round of bilateral border talks with India after India refused to budge.

The seer, also a Nobel Peace Prize winner, was in the capital to attend a global Buddhist congregation Nov 27-30 .

The spiritual leader was honoured with the Dayavati Mody Award for Arts, Culture and Education in the capital on Friday.

The Penguin Lecture series has featured some leading thinkers and writers like Thomas Friedman in 2007, diplomat-writer Chris Patten in 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in 2009 and historian Ramachandra Guha in 2010.