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Dalai Lama: Top 25 political icons,

February 11, 2011

TIME
By FEIFEI SUN Friday, Feb. 04, 2011
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,2046285,00.html


To countless Tibetans, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader
and a head of state in absentia. But to people around the world, Tenzin
Gyatso is not only the greatest and most public advocate for Tibetan
rights and the virtues of Tibetan Buddhism, but for interfaith tolerance
and peace as well. For decades -- and from exile since 1959 -- he has
worked to resolve tensions between Tibet and the People's Republic of
China. And like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. before him, the Dalai
Lama done so in a manner defined by nonviolence and tolerance. In 1989,
he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

The Dalai Lama's humility has endeared him to presidents and religious
leaders of several countries, affording him the opportunity to raise
awareness and drum up support for Tibet on a global scale. His 1998
book, The Art of Happiness, sold more than 1.5 million copies in the
U.S. and made him a New York Times bestselling author for nearly two
years. Yet little the 14th Dalai Lama can do seems to endear him to the
authorities in Beijing, who have rebuffed his overtures, label him a
"wolf in monk's robes," and seem intent on waiting for the iconic figure
to die. For all the global compassion and sympathy the Dalai Lama has
won, his lasting legacy may be one of sad, crestfallen failure.



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* Mao Zedong
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* Genghis Khan
* Nelson Mandela
* Abraham Lincoln
* Adolf Hitler
* Ernesto "Che" Guevara
* Ronald Reagan
* Cleopatra
* Franklin Roosevelt
* Dalai Lama
* Queen Victoria
* Benito Mussolini
* Akbar the Great
* Lenin
* Margaret Thatcher
* Simùn BolÆvar
* Qin Shi Huang
* Kim Il-Sung
* Charles de Gaulle
* Louis XIV
* Haile Selassie
* King Richard the Lionheart & Saladin
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