“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
“Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.”
I love the Dalai Lama! The current one at least. Unfortunately I don’t know much about the past Dalai Lamas. But Tenzin Gyatso is one of my favorite people! I love him because he is one of the very few religious leaders around the world to have an avid interest in science and Physics. And there is no other subject I like more than physics.
He even brings some of the top scientific minds to Dharamsala to talk over the latest scientific finding. And of course he is a Buddhist and that my favorite religion based on the fact it’s teachings are more aligned with my beliefs than any other religion. To see what I am saying just check out some of the Buddha’s famous quotes.
A brief historic background on Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935 to a farming family & at the age of two he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity. His Holiness began his monastic education at the age of six (1941) up in till 23 when he took his final exam. He passed with honors and was awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest-level degree equivalent to a doctorate of Buddhist philosophy. And to this day still continues his education with a focus on science.
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, including Deng Xiaoping and Chou Enlai. 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, and the seat of the Tibetan political administration in exile.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace. In 1989 he 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 aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.