Why Americans love the Dalai Lama
On CNN on Monday, the Dalai Lama goes one-on-one with Larry King in his first interview after his controversial meeting with President Obama. Hear his thoughts about China, human rights and the situation in Haiti. Monday night, 9 ET on “Larry King Live.”
(CNN) — He’s been decorated with awards and called one of the world’s most influential people. He’s addressed packed auditoriums and waved to crowds who line streets just to catch a passing glimpse of him. He’s shaken the hands of countless global dignitaries and earned a fan base following on Facebook that might rival that of Hollywood stars.
He is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the 74-year-old spiritual leader of Tibet and the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, based in Dharamsala, India. And though he describes himself, according to his Web site, as “a simple Buddhist monk,” the love so many Americans and others have for him has, no doubt, bestowed on him iconic status — whether he sees it that way or not.
“I’d love to be in his presence. I’d love to be in an audience where he speaks,” said Jerilee Auclair, 55, of Vancouver, Washington, who has yet to have that pleasure. “I yearn for it. I watch his schedule to see if/when he’ll be in my area. … I love what he stands for. His inner peace inspires me to find mine, daily.”