By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 26:the Tibetan leader and foremost Buddhist figure, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is ranked 3rd in the list of Watkins magazine’s 2019 ‘Most Spiritually Influential Living People’. The Tibetan Buddhist leader is a regular on the list’s top 3 over the years.
The 2019 list of the London based mind body and soul magazine features the Dalai Lama ranked third in the list with Christian Pope Francis and American TV and media mogul Oprah Winfrey above him on the list.
The Tibetan leader seen widely as a symbol of peace is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the leader of the Tibetan Buddhism and also of Tibet, until he voluntarily devolved his political authority to an elected leadership in 2010.
He has been on the Watkins’ list of most powerful and influential spiritual leaders of the world since 2010 and has been listed on the top of the same for majority of the years.
The 2019 list also featured other Buddhist personalities such as Vietnamese spiritual guru and author Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist nun and author Pema Chödrön, former monk and expert Robert Thurman, in the top 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People.
The makers of the list proclaimed that the people on the list must have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale, is frequently googled, appears in Nielsen Data, has a Wikipedia page, and is actively talked about throughout the Internet. “Ultimately, this list is meant to celebrate the positive influence of today’s spiritual teachers,” Watkins’ magazine stated.
The octogenarian Tibetan leader has been featured on many prestigious global lists over the years including ‘Fortune’s World’s greatest leaders’ and the ‘Time magazine 100 leaders’ among others. He is also the recipient of over 120 international awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.
He is also honorary citizens of several countries and recipient of honorary doctorates and distinguished Professorships from various universities around the globe.