The university where I work, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, recently conferred an honorary doctorate on the Dalai Lama. I was quite impressed to listen to His Holiness. I had never heard him earlier. I had, of course, heard him in recorded lectures but the feel of listening to him was quite different. I could understand how he could be so magnetic a personality.
The event was covered here: http://www.examiner.com/buddhism-in-syracuse/dalai-lama-honored-by-jamia-millia-university