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About Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso (born 6 July 1935) is the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama, and as such, is often referred to in Western media simply as the Dalai Lama, without any qualifiers. The fifth of sixteen children of a farming family in the Tibetan province of Amdo, he was proclaimed the tulku (rebirth) of the thirteenth Dalai Lama at the age of two. On 17 November 1950, at the age of fifteen, he was enthroned as Tibet's Head of State and most important political ruler, while Tibet faced occupation by the forces of the People's Republic of China.
After the collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement in 1959, Tenzin Gyatso fled to India, where he was active in establishing the Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) and seeking to preserve Tibetan culture and education among the thousands of refugees who accompanied him.
A charismatic figure and noted public speaker, Tenzin Gyatso is the first Dalai Lama to travel to the West, where he has helped to spread Buddhism and to publicise the ideal of Free Tibet. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Source: Wikipedia Tenzin Gyatso
My religion is very simple. My religion 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.
The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticise others. Rather, we must criticise ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
It is maybe not the best choice to have a favorite anything.
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.
Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer.
Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. In my view, science and Buddhism share a search for the truth and for understanding reality. By learning from science about aspects of reality where its understanding may be more advanced, I believe that Buddhism enriches its own worldview.
Through awareness, you get a certain attitude. That's the way, you see, to achieve more peaceful, more compassion, more friendship through that way.
Through difficult experiences, life sometimes becomes more meaningful.
By bringing about a change in our outlook toward things and events, all phenomena can become sources of happiness.
It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.
There is often a big disparity between the way in which we perceive things and the way things really are.
What I believe, according to my own experience, is that a calm, peaceful mind is a very important element for sustaining the body in a balanced way.
So the smart brain must be balanced with a warm heart, a good heart -a sense of responsibility, of concern for the well-being of others.
I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one’s own attitude, no matter how difficult the situation
All sentient beings have the seed of the Buddha within them.
As far as ignorance is concerned, not just Buddhism, every religion recognizes it as the source of suffering.
I believe that whether a person follows any religion or not is unimportant, he must have a good heart, a warm heart. This is essential for a happy life, which is much more important than Buddhahood.
Compassion automatically brings happiness and calmness. Then, even if you receive disturbing news, it will be easier to take, as your mind is still.
So the first step in seeking happiness is learning. We first have to learn how negative emotions and behaviors are harmful to us and how positive emotions are helpful.
World economies are always so tenuous and we are subject to so many losses in life, but a compassionate attitude is something we can always carry with us.
I think in many ways narrow minded-attitudes lead to extreme thinking.
There are five billion human beings and in a certain way I think we need five billion different religions.
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.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
In the final analysis, the hope of every person is simply peace of mind.
The highest happiness is when one reaches the stage of liberation, at which there is no more suffering.
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