Dalai Lama

Teaching Us to Be Neighbors

There are not many doctors of metaphysics whose simple precepts are followed by millions across the globe. There are still fewer political leaders who are practicing monks held by their colleagues to be incarnations of their gods of compassion. And there can be only one human being alive today who was born in a cowshed, has ruled his people since the age of 5 and has worked to advance their cause by guest-editing the French edition of Vogue: the achievement of the XIVth Dalai Lama is to have made of his predicament a hopeful global precedent.

When Tenzin Gyatso was born,...

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