He is the spiritual leader of the people of Tibet, living as a refugee in India for 60 years.
He was Lhamo Thondup at birth. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, he has traveled the world, speaking out on topics well beyond his passions of human rights and Buddhism.
The 14th Dalai Lama, now 84, has authored numerous works, including Beyond Religion, a book I have read and read, and then read again.
One of the most revered leaders in the world, he draws readers into thought about the purpose of life, ethics, and how to be a better and happier person. His appeal crosses nationalities, races, religions, and practically every distinction that can be used to divide.
He poses questions about justice, nonviolence, materialism, capitalism, economic justice and a mountain of other topics.
In Beyond Religion, the Dalai Lama is optimistic and practical. Eloquent and approachable. Spiritual and human.
In the final chapter, he is a teacher, guiding readers through methods of mental cultivation through meditation.