His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was born to a peasant family in Northern Tibet on 6th July, 1935. In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is believed to be an incarnation of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion. When the Dalai Lama was a teenager, he became the head of the Tibetan Govt. in their fight against the occupying forces of the People’s Republic of China. Since 1959 the Dalai Lama has been the leader of the Government in exile. His travels in the cause of peace and a free Tibet have made him an international celebrity and in 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace. The following books are in his credit: The Good Heart – A Buddhist Perspective on the teachings of Jesus; Kindness, Clarity and Insight; The Four Noble Truths etc.
Sri Ramakrishna was one of the greatest of India’s spiritual adepts of recent times, actively embodying India’s profound tradition of plurality. By assimilating the sadhanas, customs, and practices of different faiths into his own personal practice, he presented a powerful example of respect for other traditions, even while maintaining a deep fidelity to his own. His transparently pure and well-documented life remains a guide and inspiration to millions on their spiritual path.16