I am reading a book right now entitled “The Wisdom of Forgiveness” documenting the life experiences and teachings of the Dalai Lama about forgiving. In my reading, it is striking to me how much the Tibetan people are like a modern-day culture of Anti-Nephi-Lehites. In the book of Alma, the Lamanites that Ammon converted to the gospel way vowed never to take up their swords against their brethren. Even when other groups of Lamanites violently attacked them, the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi demonstrated perfect commitment to their pledge of non-violence, and responded to the hatred of their brethren with pure love and concern for the well-being of those who were attacking them. The Tibetan people—exiled, assailed, imprisoned, tortured—are modern-day exemplars of the power of compassion that transcends the violations and atrocities committed against them by the Chinese government. The Dalai Lama speaks liberally about his love for the Chinese people and his desire for them to be well, and his actions and sermons promoting non-violent solidarity are a witness to his integrity to his ideals. If not Christian, the Tibetan people are bright examples of being Christ-like.
So, in a sense . . the Dalai Lama *is* bearing witness of Christ. By demonstrating the worth of His ways, by example this man seems to be teaching some of the very kinds of things Jesus would teach if He were in Tibet.
How often we label someone like this as simply “non-Christian” . . . rather than doing like you, and seeing the Lord working through him.