The Tenzin Gyatso Institute, named after the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (his given name is Tenzin Gyatso), was established with the mission of serving and advancing the Dalai Lama's vision, principles, and values. His message of compassion, religious harmony and universal responsibility has touched the hearts and minds of millions of people from all walks of life and spiritual traditions who recognize its truth, its urgency, and its extraordinary potential.

The Institute was founded by Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the ground-breaking The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, who is renowned worldwide because of his special gift for conveying the heart of the Tibetan wisdom tradition in a way that is both authentic and deeply relevant to the modern mind. Sogyal Rinpoche served as His Holiness’ translator and guide during his first ever visit to the west, now more than thirty years ago. They have maintained a close relationship ever since.