The Dalai Lama

Undoubtedly the Dalai Lama is revered by many different societies and by eastern and western worlds; as a spiritual leader and as a man of substance.
At the very beginning of the passage, there is a reference to a ‘white horse’, which starts to paint a picture of something ‘pure’, ‘clean’, ‘something unblemished’ which this quite fitting for someone of his status and stature and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.
The Dalai Lama’s reputation of a great thinker is shown undoubtedly in the passage, where his spent the day with his close advisers on the 18th December. Whilst reading the passage, I get the sense that a decision to leave Tibet was not an easy decision for the Dalai Lama. Firstly, being captured by Red Army would have signified to the Tibetan people the possible downfall of the Tibetan Buddism faith and secondly, his capture would have been a “national disaster for the Tibetan state”.
I get the sense that he gave a great deal of ‘thought and consideration’ was put into the decision to leave Tibet and again, this process aids in the reputation that the Dalai Lama as a great philosopher and thinker.
Within the entire passage, I noticed that the Dalai Lama followers have great respect for him; and this was apparent during his trek to Yatung with the sign of ‘white scarves’ at scheduled stops. Again, these ‘White Scarves’ represent the nature of purity (a concept in Tibetan Budisim) but to his followers; also showed a sign of ‘deep respect’. At these stops, the Dalai Lama, would bless his devotees, which, they felt would bring great blessings to them. I can see that the Dala Lama’s reputation as a significant spiritual leader is apparent and as I stated at the start of this paragraph, his followers have total respect for him.
The Dalai Lama’s reputation as a thoughtfulness leader is also shown in the passage of text where he leaves “much-needed” monetary offerings to his subjects on his travels to Yatung for services they provided like...