The Dalai Lama's Greatest Trial

I was deeply moved by Pico Iyer's "A Monk's Struggle" [March 31]. Despite the Dalai Lama's half-century of exile and the erosion of Tibetan culture because of the Chinese occupation of Tibet, the Buddhist leader maintains his lucid and compassionate vision. The fact that, in the face of Chinese oppression, he sees the advantages of China's modernizing influence and envisions an autonomous Tibet within Chinese borders is a testament to his infinite wisdom. If our next President and other world leaders could emulate the Dalai Lama's compassionate politics, the war on terrorism and the endless struggle...

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