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Our special report on the life, the plight, and the humor of the Dalai Lama. Forced out of Tibet by the Chinese in 1959, living in exile with little apparent chance of returning, the Dalai Lama remains one of the world’s foremost symbols of hope and nonviolence. How does he keep from hating those who are destroying his country? More
The Dalai Lama was just 15 years old when the Communist Chinese invaded Tibet, burned its monasteries, and slaughtered upwards of a million of its people. Now, he is the spiritual leader of six million Tibetan Buddhists is and is trying to rally support for freedom for his homeland. He preaches compassion, but some of his followers wonder if his methods can work.