He wrote the book on the Dalai Lama

But I would agree that he has seen in that practical, oh, you could even say “shrewd” way, that he’s outnumbered 200 to 1 within China and Tibet. The only way he can redress that imbalance is by summoning the support of the world. And I think he is conscious that if the rest of the world works on behalf of Tibet, then Tibet has a chance to survive in very, very difficult circumstances.

And he’s aware that, let’s say the lead singer of the Beastie Boys, well, if somebody wants to work hard in promoting the Tibetan cause and setting up concerts and rallies for Tibet–well, that’s certainly no bad thing. And maybe he can do more for Tibet than an average person.

That’s from my interview with Pico Iyer

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