His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama Extremely Rare Signed United Nations Cover With His Title, Name, And Date, "Talai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, 73/07/3", 6.5 x 3.5, on a First Day of Issue Cover that is in recognition of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), postmarked Jan 31, 1966, with 5 cent United Nations stamp. Comes with a reproduction photo of him taken in the 1970's close to the time he signed this cover. Both items in fine condition.
Tibetans usually write Dalai Lama but as the title was conferred by a Mongol king and has been passed down in the Mongol language, it is spoken as Talai so on this United Nations cover it is written as per the phonetics. Beneath that he has written his Tibetan name, Tenzin Gyatso, and beneath that is the date, 73/07/3, as written in Tibetan culture with the year first, then the month, and then the day
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, the child, then named Lhamo Dhondup, was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are realized beings inspired by a wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings, who have vowed to be reborn in the world to help humanity.
It took four years to find the 14th (current) Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The search is generally limited to Tibet, although the current Dalai Lama has said that there is a chance that he will not be reborn, and that if he is, it would not be in a country under Chinese rule. During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Dalai Lama fled to India, where he currently lives as a refugee. He is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2006.