I do admire the Dalai Lama's way of life.His kindness,compassion and the ability he has to always find a smile somehow,absolutely humbles me. He is also a lot more intelligent and serious than he is often given credit for,but this is because we always see him with a smile on his face. When I have seen and heard him during interviews he shows his very knowledgeable side to the world as well as all the goodness which is such a massive part of who he is.I have several of his books and I am always keen to hear what he has to offer.
Based on his friendly face and modest demeanor and peaceful utterances....I like him.
As for his religion, I do think Buddism has a lot of merit in its beliefs...but am certainly not a full bottle on it so can't really comment in depth.