Time Asia’s latest issue features His Holiness the Dalai Lama as one of Asia’s inspiring heroes. Deepak Chopra has written a brief article about His Holiness’ inspiring, humbling personality and also about the delicate position he has to balance between being a religious figure and a symbol of a freedom struggle.
He travels the globe to remind us of our better selves. Yet the presence of the Dalai Lama is also immediate and worldly. He’s the lightning rod for Tibet, and a symbol of its subjugation under Beijing’s rule. As long as that injustice persists, the Dalai Lama will remain peaceful and poignant at the same time.
I never figured Freddie Mercury to be an Asian.