Dalai Lama More Popular Than The Pope in Germany

Germans like the Dalai Lama more than they do their native-born Pope Benedict XVI. A study carried out for the German news magazine Der Spiegel showed that 44 per cent of those questioned saw the Tibetan spiritual and secular leader as a role model, while only 42 percent attributed the same qualities to the Pope. The Dalai Lama enjoyed a particularly high popularity rating among the young and better educated. Half of those questioned in these groups believed the Dalai Lama was able "to provide advice on how to live" which showed that Germans found Buddhism a more sympathetic religion than Christianity or Islam.

Some information for this report was provided by Der Spiegel and Deutsche Welle.