The Dalai Lama

It's the fate of great spiritual leaders to be both lighthouses and lightning rods. No one has endured this double act more gracefully than the Dalai Lama. As a lighthouse he represents Buddhism for most of the world outside Asia. Welcomed everywhere but in his own homeland, revered beyond the narrow limits of sectarianism, his visits bring out throngs of people. What they crave is his presence and his peacefulness. He travels the globe to remind us of our better selves. Yet the presence of the Dalai Lama is also immediate and worldly. He's the lightning rod for Tibet, and a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!