Dalai Lama Quotes : The Dalai Lama was born Lhamo Thondup on July 6, 1935 in Taktser, China. Dalai Lama, Tibet’s political leader has strived to make Tibet an independent and democratic state from China. He and his followers are exiled to India. The Dalai Lama has also conducted hundreds of conferences, lectures and workshops worldwide, as part of his humanitarian efforts. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. In December 2008, the Dalai Lama announced his semi-retirement after having gallstone surgery.