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The Dalai Lama Mug

A mug featuring The Dalai Lama award-winning cover.

We wanted an image that dominated the cover, but had something about it – a cheek, a look in the eye, that spoke of a different side of his character; the human beneath the global icon. Louise Haywood-Schiefer nailed it. This cover was being planned as the Syrian refugee crisis was beginning to break. The Dalai Lama’s position as a refugee from China is no secret. Our line, therefore, would be simple but loaded. A great Big Issue cover – a huge name, a line that spoke of a bigger issue, but locked into something different for us. All with a bit of cheek.

A purchase of this mug can make a difference, supporting The Big Issue's mission to eradicate poverty.

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