Driven by questions both spiritual and secular, more Westerners are heading to the Dalai Lama's headquarters-in-exile, the Wall Street Journal reports. Humble despite being proclaimed a “God-King,” Tibet's spiritual leader has sought “opportunities to be interactive” in the Indian town of Dharmsala—seeing a wide variety of visitors and dispensing wisdom on career choices and broken relationships … as well as religion.
“He'll see anyone, unless you are a complete lunatic," the Lama’s brother says. The monks’ availability and improved Indian transport have driven tourism in Dharmsala up 30% the past 4 years, with nearly twice as many Americans. Unfortunately, not everyone has the deepest understanding of Buddhism: People visit "and say 'Dalai Lama, I want my enlightenment. I've got 10 days,” one café owner remarks.