Religion: I Am a Human Being: a Monk

The exiled Dalai Lama opens his U.S. tour — in a cathedral

"Whoever would have thought the Dalai Lama would be at St. Patrick's Cathedral?" marveled Newsman Lowell Thomas, 87, who brought Tibet's onetime leader international fame after visiting Lhasa in 1949. But last week there he was, with Terence Cardinal Cooke, speaking in New York City's Roman Catholic landmark. A smiling, maroon-robed holy man, the Dalai Lama is regarded by millions of Tibetans as the incarnation of one of the most powerful and beloved Buddhist divinities.

It seemed a splendid start for his first...

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