I think you have trouble picturing someone who is honestly selfless, as it is a trait SO rarely see. The Dalai Lama has seen his people stepped on, by the PRC for many years, he is trying to raise awareness of the struggles.
I don't follow the religion, incase you were wondering. I studied it and the major religons for a couple years. I have to say that the Dalai Lama is the only leader who speaks peace and love, to all corners of the world.