Given his patience and mastery of inner peace, the Dalai Lama has some of the attributes required to be an excellent test cricketer.
So His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has signed up for Twitter. Having settled on the snappy handle of @pontifex, the Vatican advised followers to note that tweets shouldn't be regarded as "infallible teachings". But they won't be Instagrammed LOLcats either - the Pope will use the account for live responses to questions about faith during his weekly general audience, starting December 12th.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who is considered by his followers to be the very manifestation of the bodhisattva of compassion, isn't known for swearing like an angry docker.
Dalai Lama gives away prize money but remains silent on self-immolations
The Dalai Lama has been forced to cancel a trip to South Africa where he was to take part in celebrations for the 80th birthday of Bishop Desmond Tutu after failing to be given a visa. The Tibetan leader's supporters believe the South African government did not want to anger China, its biggest trading partner.
The South African government has found itself embroiled in an embarrassing row after it was accused of trying to block Archbishop Desmond Tutu's invitation to the Dalai Lama to visit the country for his 80th birthday party.
Harvard professor replaces Dalai Lama as political leader
China has condemned Barack Obama for "gross interference" in its internal affairs after the US President met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at the White House for the second time in his presidency.
For 60 years, the Dalai Lama has been a spiritual leader and an emblem of dispossession. He's also appeared in adverts, charmed celebrities and gained a million followers on Twitter. John Walsh charts the virtues and vices of a thoroughly modern monk
China responded furiously yesterday after the country's most famous dissident, the imprisoned pro-democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo, won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his long and non-violent struggle for human rights.
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, originally named Tenzin Gyatso, turned 75 today. To celebrate, The Independent Online has rummaged through the archives to provide you with a glimpse of the story so far of the life of the 14th Dalai Lama.
Appointing a successor to the Dalai Lama will have major political repercussions, reports Clifford Coonan from Shigatse
President seeks to cool row with China by hosting low-key meeting with Tibetan exile outside Oval Office
On a carefully orchestrated tour, his hosts' economic power has limited US options, reports Clifford Coonan in Beijing
Thousands of Buddhist monks in maroon robes joined secular supporters of the Dalai Lama yesterday to welcome the Tibetan spiritual leader as he arrived in the Himalayas for a four-day visit that is testing already strained relations between India and China.
I’ve always been a bit squeamish about dying. I’m probably a bit British in that respect. But in Varanasi, one of the oldest and most spiritual living cities in world, and set against the backdrop of the River Ganges, death is deeply ingrained in everyday life.