Leadership and the Dalai Lama
Today, the Dalai Lama is recognized as a champion of human rights, and has proved to be a man of compassion, the very heart of the Buddhist philosphy. Even throughout the monstrosities of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, he spoke about the Chinese as his brothers. It was on a visit to the Republic of Mongolia, which under Russian rule at that time, that he felt an immediate kinship with the people there. In an attempt to provide hope to those so oppressed, he initiated a link between their two countries. "Mongolia has a similar relationship with Tibet as Tibet has with India. With this in mind, I arranged for an exchange between students from our respective communities, thereby reviving an ancient link between our two countries".
While he is recognized as a great spiritual leader, he considers himself simply a “human being, and incidentally a Tibetan, who chooses to be a Buddhist monk “. He follows the life of a Buddhist monk, residing at his small home in Dharamsala where he rises early each morning to meditate. Very often he is asked to speak on current issues facing the world today such as racial discrimination, religious hatred and environmental protection. He ends each day with meditation, often reciting one of his favorite verses, a committment to a life of compassion, from the writings of the Buddhist saint Shantideva:
For as long as space endures, and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I too abide to dispel the misery of the world.