Recognized at age 2 by Tibetan Buddhists as the 14th incarnation of the Dalai Lama, His Holiness has been the Spiritual Leader of tibet for most of his 79 years, though he has not lived there since 1959, when he escaped to India. In the years since, the Dalai Lama–who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989–has become a global icon.
Hours spent meditating and praying each day
Attendance at the Dalai Lama’s largest prayer gatherings, most recently in Bihar, India, in 2012
Months spent traveling outside India every year
Wake-up time, followed by a morning ritual that includes meditation and light exercise
Meals eaten per day (breakfast and lunch)
Books by the Dalai Lama; most focus on peace and spirituality
Popes who have met him; Pope Francis has yet to do so
Sitting U.S. Presidents who have met him
Countries that have bestowed awards on him
This appears in the July 06, 2015 issue of TIME.