Known to be the political leader of the Tibetans, Dalai Lama also holds spiritual significance. Specifically, the 14th Dalai Lama has instigated reforms aimed at reinstating social, economic and political framework of Tibet (Frechette, 2007). His leadership is focused on ensuring that the Tibetans assume ethnic and cultural identity of their own despite their habitation in China (Thurman, 2008). In historical perspective, Dalai Lamas are presumed to be the reincarnate of the Avalokitesvara. The latter constitute a Buddhist deity, hence, believed as the personification of compassion (Lama, 2017). Therefore, Dalai Lamas are considered spiritual teachers and believed to be the symbol of peace among the Tibetans (Lilius et al., 2011).
Dalai Lama as the leader of Tibet traverses the world in spreading the message of compassion and peace (Tsomo, 2016). In his ways of wisdom, Dalai Lama reminds humans on the value of being happy and the need to express warm feelings to others (Germer & Siegel, 2012). He reiterates that acts of compassion establish honesty, self-confidence, transparency, and trust (Thompson, 2011).
The 14th Dalai Lama has held various Global Compassionate Summit. Among them include the United States of America where he held a conference in California (Lama & Stril-Rever, 2010). Moreover, Dalai Lama is also celebrated in South American countries of Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico (Farber, 2009). Besides, he has visited Europe with specific visits in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia and the Czech Republic. In his global visits, Dalai Lama appreciates India for their compassion in supporting Tibetan refugees (Rozeboom, 2011). On the other hand, he persistently talks against Chinese persecution of Tibetans. Intrinsically, Dalai Lama has received various accolades in various parts of the world and has also won the Nobel peace awards for his continuous message of love as opposed to hate (Laird & Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, 2006).
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