I found a black and white photo of the Dalai Lama without his glasses. In the photograph you can see the imprint of the glasses on the bridge of his nose. I did not attempt to copy this in my portrait, as I was afraid it would look like a strange skin disease.
In general there is something about his face that communicates a piercing sense of open engagement, whimsy and intellectual curiosity. I’ve always thought that under his kind-hearted expression, the Dalai Lama was nursing the secret punch-line to a joke that keeps him quietly amused. The short peaked eyebrows?…. Well placed exclamation points. I will leave you with some of his famous quotes:
“I find hope in the darkest days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.”
“Be kind whenever possible….It is always possible.”
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”