He’s the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. It’s said that he’s a reincarnation of the Buddha. He’s a great guy. Very peaceful. He laughs a lot. He’s not the kind of spiritual leader that condemns people. His people were persecuted by the Chinese government and forced to flee. They now live in India and are basically waiting until it’s safe to return back home.
There is tons of info. on him on the web and he has books too.