Tibet Foundation

British Tibetan Community celebrates 30th Anniversary of the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dec 16, 2019

On 14th December 2019, members of the Tibetan Community in Britain came together and celebrated the 30th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The full-house celebration event was held at Aubert Court Community Centre in north London.

Representatives from various London-based Tibet-related organisations were invited to this special community event. Tsering Passang, Deputy Director of Tibet Foundation, attended as a show of our continued support for the Tibetan Community, as well as to pay our great respect to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his tireless contributions to humanity. The Tibetan Community had also organised very colourful cultural performances, as well as speeches and entertaining quizzes on the life and achievements of the Dalai Lama.

On 10th December 1989, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) of Tibet was awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. It was the most joyful occasion for millions of Tibetans, both inside Tibet as well as those in exile. Millions of admirers and followers of the Dalai Lama around the world also joined in with this happy celebration. Each year, Tibetan communities in exile mark this special occasion. It provides an excellent forum to both reflect on the continued contributions made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as to showcase and preserve their beautiful culture and at the same time to have good fun!

In his acceptance speech in Oslo, His Holiness the Dalai Lama stated, “I accept the prize with profound gratitude on behalf of the oppressed everywhere and for all those who struggle for freedom and work for world peace. I accept it as a tribute to the man who founded the modern tradition of nonviolent action for change – Mahatma Gandhi – whose life taught and inspired me. And, of course, I accept it on behalf of the six million Tibetan people, my brave countrymen and women inside Tibet, who have suffered and continue to suffer so much. They confront a calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of their national and cultural identities. The prize reaffirms our conviction that with truth, courage and determination as our weapons, Tibet will be liberated.”

The Nobel prizes are awarded to individuals or organisations deemed to bring “the greatest benefit to mankind”. Between 1901 and 2019, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 597 times to 950 people and organisations.

Below is an extract from The Nobel Prize (www.nobelprize.org) on The Dalai Lama:

A Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom

From his exile in India, the religious and political leader the Dalai Lama has since 1959 stood at the head of the nonviolent opposition to China's occupation of Tibet.

When the Nobel Committee chose the Dalai Lama, it emphasized that he based his Buddhist peace philosophy on reverence for all living things and the idea of a universal responsibility that embraces both man and nature. It weighed heavily in the Tibetan leader's favor that he had showed willingness to compromise and seek reconciliation despite brutal violations.

The award of the Peace Prize gave the Dalai Lama the opportunity to present a plan for the restoration of peace and human rights in Tibet. In the plan he recommended that the country be turned into an ecologically stable and demilitarized zone that might serve as a buffer between major Asian powers. The object was to set in motion serious negotiations on the future status of Tibet, but this was rejected by the Chinese government.