UPDATE: A few readers have let me known this is misattributed to the Dalai Lama. It’s actually a rewording from an interview with former World Vision director, Jim Brown. Here’s a link with the full story. Apologies, I should have researched the quote more thoroughly. I will try to adapt a real Dalai Lama quote in the near future.
(4th Oct 2012)

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.

Check out this cool video where Carl Sagan asks the Dalai Lama about science and religion (video quality is terrible but audio is fine).