“The Dalai Lamas are believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are realized beings, inspired by the wish to attain complete enlightenment, who have vowed to be reborn in the world to help all living beings.”
from The Brief Biography of the 14th Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama has spent his entire lifetime working with people across the globe, promoting peace, care of the environment, collaboration, and tolerance. This shows up in one of his most famous lectures, given on the day of the award of his Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Reading through his words gives one a chance to reflect on the character of human beings, and the ways that we function in society.
Nobel Acceptance Lecture, December 11, 1989