The Dalai Lama is fine, he's just exhausted. He has had a hectic schedule for the last year, with events scheduled almost every dayDalai Lama cancels trip to rest Aug 27, 2008
This interferes in China's internal affairs, and hurts Chinese people's feelings as wellChina denounces Dalai Lama's Brown meeting May 24, 2008
China is strongly against any nation, organization or individual using the Dalai Lama issue to interfere in China's internal affairsGermany asked not to support Dalai Lama May 21, 2008
If freedom-loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China's oppression in Tibet, we have lost our moral authority to speak out on behalf of human rights anywhere in the worldPelosi says Olympic boycott harms athletes Mar 28, 2008
As soon as I received the invitation, I know there's some complications maybeDalai Lama: No Taiwan political agenda Aug 31, 2009
The Dalai Lama is a high lama in the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Buddhism. The name is a combination of the Mongolian word dalai meaning "Ocean" and the Tibetan word བླ་མ་ bla-ma (with a silent "b") meaning "teacher". According to the current Dalai Lama, the Tibetan word "lama" corresponds precisely to the better known Indian word "guru".
In religious terms, the Dalai Lama is believed by his devotees to be the rebirth of a long line of tulkus who are considered to be manifestations of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara. Traditionally, the Dalai Lama is thought of as the latest reincarnation of a series of spiritual leaders who have chosen to be reborn in order to enlighten others. The Dalai Lama is often thought to be the leader of the Gelug School, but this position belongs officially to the Ganden Tripa, which is a temporary position appointed by the Dalai Lama who, in practice, exerts much influence.
For certain periods of time between the 17th century and 1959, the Dalai Lamas sometimes directed the Tibetan government, which administered portions of Tibet from Lhasa. The 14th Dalai Lama remained the head of state for the Central Tibetan Administration ("Tibetan government in exile") until his retirement on March 14, 2011. He has indicated that the institution of the Dalai Lama may be abolished in the future, and also that the next Dalai Lama may be found outside Tibet and may be female.