The Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader of one of the many sects of Buddhism. As the Buddhism of Shakyamuni traveled from one country to another, it was subject to changes and were influenced by the culture and practices of the people in different countries. In some Buddhist sects, they believe in the concept of reincarnation. In Tibet for instance, the kind of Buddhism they practice is that of the yellow sect which recognizes the incarnation of tukus or Bodhisattvas, believed to be the Dalai Lama.
Dalai Lama is a word which means, ocean of wisdom. Thus, the Dalai Lama is both a religious leader, the head of the state and at the same time an incarnate of the bodhisattva of compassion. The Dalai Lama is discovered while the child is still young right after the death of the previous incarnate. The manifestation of the tulku is seen in the way a child speaks, writes as well as his dreams that are similar to the previous incarnates. The current Dalai Lama was actually discovered as the age of two. He became the 14th on the line of the incarnates and was educated in the monastery. The Dalai Lama has been active in his advocacies for a peaceful world. His writings were welcomed worldwide as it talks about Buddhism and its contribution in a holistic well-being of people. He also talks about environmental protection and other humanitarian topics. The Dalai Lama is considered one of the most influential and respected religious leaders in the world.