The Nobel Peace Prize 1989 was awarded to The 14th Dalai Lama in recognition of his nonviolent campaign over nearly 40 years to end China’s domination of his homeland.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the 54-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader, who fled to India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in which thousands of people were killed, was being recognized because he ”consistently has opposed the use of violence” in his campaign.
Instead, the committee said, he has ”advocated peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people.”
Word of the selection reached the Dalai Lama in Newport Beach, Calif., where he was attending a conference to explore approaches to psychological well-being and spirituality.
”I very much appreciate that kind of recognition about my beliefs,” he said. ”In fact, I always believed in love, compassion and a sense of universal respect. Every human being has that potential. My case is nothing special. I am a simple Buddhist monk – no more, no less.”