The influential spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is also Tibet's head of state and most important political leader. Forced to leave his native land when China invaded Tibet in 1945, Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, moved to India; from there he frequently travels to countries in the West, teaching and lecturing in his pursuit of world peace. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
The tradition of the Dalai Lama (meaning Ocean of Wisdom in Tibetan, reaches back many centuries to the first Dalai Lama, Gedun Drupa, whose founding of a monastery and extensive writing on the teachings of the Buddha in the 15th century began an unbroken succession of Tibetan spiritual leaders.
The 14th Dalai Lama (born Lhamo Thondup) often sites a favorite prayer, from the writings of the Buddhist scholar Shantideva, summing up his greatest sources of inspiration:
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.
Tom Tierney pays tribute to this renowned teacher in a paper doll collection featuring the revered Buddhist leader and his parents at different stages of their lives. Outfits include formal ankle-length robes of brocaded silk and a fur-trimmed long coat, as well as shirts and prayer shawls of traditional saffron and maroon. Admirers of the spiritual leader - and anyone intrigued by Tibetan culture - will prize this authentically detailed collection.