Not merely that the Dalai Lama is the highest office of the present day Buddhism, it is also one of its three most significant institutions, the other two being the Buddha and the Bodhisattva, that emerged in Buddhism over centuries. Enlightenment is the attribute of them all, even of the Dalai Lama who, possessed of oceanic breadth and depth of knowledge, attains the same state of enlightenment as a bodhisattva.
The proper hierarchical order acclaims to have so far fourteen Dalai Lamas, the present one benefiting the world with his divine presence being the Fourteenth. Here the artist has brought out his joviality, an expression of his inner joy. It is well known that the Dalai Lama, in addition to his supreme erudition, also possesses a fine sense of humor. He wears his usual monastic robe, and a large pair of spectacles is balanced on the bridge of his nose. All in all, a charming portrayal of a delightful personality.
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