The Dalai Lama (1935-) is the most influential Buddhist alive (sorry Richard Gere) and has spread his message of peace and compassion throughout the world for 50 years. He also has a really fun shaped head to draw. After being forced to flee his native Tibet in 1959 when hostilities with China broke out, he has lived his life in exile – travelling the world extensively and gaining support for his homeland and Tibetan independence. I admit not knowing much about the Dalai Lama’s story – if anyone has a good book or article to recommend, I’d love to read it.

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