For fourth year in a row, Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gytso, has topped the list of “100 most spiritually influential living people” by the United Kingdom-based Watkins’ Review.
The list features in the spring issue of Watkins’ Mind, Body and Spirit magazine, published from London and soon will be available around the world, except for China where it is banned.
The 80-year-old Nobel peace laureate is followed by Pope Francis, his close friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, German-origin spiritual author Eckhart Tolle and Indian- American author and public speaker Deepak Chopra.
The magazine on its website says the list is meant to serve as a positive guide to some of the leading modern teachers alive today.
“As you read through this list, we hope that you are as inspired as we are by each individual’s significant impact,” says the post on the website.
“Watkins bookshop in London has been encouraging spiritual discovery and providing seekers with esoteric knowledge for over 120 years. With the list we celebrate the world’s living spiritual teachers,” it added.
The magazine dedicates 16 pages to the persons, who feature in the list.
Nobel peace laureate, 18-year-old Pakistan’s child rights activists Malala Yousafzai, who first made to the list in 2015, has been ranked 96 and is the youngest among top 100. Malala also has the distinction of being the youngest Nobel prize recipient.
Watkins’ Spiritual 100 was first published by the magazine in 2011, in which the Dalai Lama was listed at the second place and has been leading since 2012.
Derived from 600 candidates from across the world, the spiritual 100 list highlights most proactive individuals, rnging from spiritual teachers, activists, authors, thinkers, filmmakers and artists, who changed the world.