H.H. Dalai Lama
Manifestation of Love
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July
H. H. the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of
the spiritual leader of Tibet.
was born to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser,
Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named
Lhamo Dhondup at that time, was recognized as the reincarnation of the
13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
He began his monastic education
at the age of six. In 1959 he passed his final examination in the
Jokhang Temple, Lhasa with honours and was awarded the Geshe Lharampa
In 1950 His Holiness was called upon to assume full
political power after China's invasion of Tibet in 1949. In 1954 he
went to Beijing for peace talks with Mao Zedong and other Chinese
leaders. But finally, in 1959, with the brutal suppression of the
Tibetan national uprising in Lhasa by Chinese troops, His Holiness was
forced to escape into exile. Since then he has been living in
Dharamsala, northern India, the seat of the Tibetan political
administration in exile.
In 1963 he presented a new democratic
constitution: "The Charter of Tibetans in Exile”. In 1987 he proposed
”The Five Point Peace Plan for Tibet” as the first step towards a
peaceful solution to the worsening situation in Tibet. In his address
to members of the European Parliament in 1988, he made another detailed
proposal elaborating on the Five Point Peace Plan. He proposed talks
between the Chinese and Tibetans leading to a self-governing democratic
political entity for all three provinces of Tibet. This entity would be
in association with the People's Republic of China and the Chinese
Government would continue to remain responsible for Tibet's foreign
policy and defence.
His Holiness has a responsibility to act
as the free spokesperson of the Tibetans in their struggle for justice
until a mutually beneficial solution is reached between the Tibetans
The Dalai Lama is seen as a manifestation of the
Buddhist aspect of love and compassion: Chenrezig. The life vocation of
H.H. the Dalai Lama is to promote human values as compassion,
forgiveness, tolerance, appreciation and self-discipline.
1989 H.H. the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his
non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently
advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme
He has met with presidents, prime ministers and
crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads
of different religions and many well-known scientists.
1959 he has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc.,
in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious
understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. He has also
authored more than 72 books.
His Holiness describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk.
- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you
be happy, practice compassion.
- Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
- This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples;
no need for
complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the
philosophy is kindness.
- All major religious traditions carry
basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness
... the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
- Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your
- We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make
- Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
- Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of
- In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best
- Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without
humanity cannot survive.
- We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot
without human affection.
- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a
stroke of luck.
- Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if
help them, at least don't hurt them.
- As human beings we all want to be happy and free from
misery… we have
learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest
obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger,
attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense
of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.
- The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You
will not be
able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you
are not able of developing compassion for others.
- In the present
circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve
their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our
global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient;
we must become actively engaged.
- Basically we are all the same
human beings with the same potential to be a good human being or a bad
human being ... The important thing is to realize the positive side and
try to increase that; realize the negative side and try to reduce.
That's the way.
- Today, more than ever before, life must be
characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation
to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
- Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying
sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
- It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good
heart, as much
as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long
term for both yourself and others will come.
- The ultimate authority must always rest with the
reason and critical analysis.
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