LUKE: The counter is a sacred space. My sacred space. You don’t do yoga on the Dalai Lama’s mat and you don’t come behind my counter, period.
The Dalai Lama is the title of the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people; part of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, and a symbol of Tibetan nationalism. The title was created in the 16th century, and literally means something like “great guru”.
The current Dalai Lama is the 14th, named Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Thundup in 1935). Living in exile from his country in India, the Dalai Lama has become not just a Tibetan or Buddhist figurehead, but a global spiritual leader.