Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-ness. Photo: Hürriyet Daily News

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has launched his own app for his followers who can stay up to date with his travels and teachings.

The 82-year-old spiritual leader has already has a Twitter account with more than 16 million followers.

Now he has launched a free app, which is currently available for iPhone users.

The app will allow his followers to have updates on the spiritual leader’s activities; it will also hold news, videos, photos and information, reported the BBC.

The app is for free which includes the teachings of Dalai Lama and his latest videos. Photo: iPhone app screenshot

This is not the first time that an app of this kind has been launched. In 2013, the Roman Catholic Church launched ‘The Pope App’, which allowed the users to follow where the Pope’s events were taking place. The app included alerts and notifications for the followers and gave access to “official papal-related content in a variety of formats”. The users could also see areas of the Vatican through webcams with the views of St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

Other religious apps have sprung up keeping with the digital age, allowing leaders to keep in touch with their followers. It also helped users to keep in touch with congregations and helping people find food that conforms to their religious requirements while travelling.

The Dalai Lama’s app, simply titled Dalai Lama, does not have enough ratings yet for a points scoring on the app store.

The Dalai Lama’s birth name is Tenzin Gyatso, he was born in Tibet and went in exile since Chinese authorities suppressed Tibetian uprising.

Dalai Lama has been in exile for six decades now, and has been recognised as one of the world’s leading religious figures who has consistently preached non-violence and tolerance of other faiths. In 1989, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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