His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetan people. He has travelled extensively around the world and met most of the major world leaders and heads of different religions. Since 1959, His Holiness has received hundreds of awards, honorary doctorates, prizes and the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness has also authored more than 72 books. His Holiness describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk.