Teachings of The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, spreads the message of kindness, tolerance and compassion.

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Dalai Lama is the Tibetan spiritual leader and represents Buddhist values and traditions. He is considered incarnation of Avalokitesvara or the lord who looks upon the world with compassion. He is the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Dalai means ocean or big in Mongol and lama means master or guru in Tibetan.
Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th and current Dalai Lama is a revered figure across the world and is recipient of Nobel Peace Prize.
Altan Khan of the Ming dynasty created the title of the Dalai Lama in 1578 and the fifth Dalai Lama was granted seal of authority over Buddhism by the Shunzhi Emperor of China.

THE DALAI LAMA’S TEACHINGS

Happiness and Compassion
If you want others to be happy practice compassion. If you want to be happy practice compassion.
– Meditation for Living In Balance: Daily Solutions for People Who Do Too Much by Anne Wilson Schaef

Love, Compassion, Forgiveness
All major religions basically carry the same message. Love, compassion and forgiveness … to make it part of our daily life.
– Especially for Christians: Powerful Thought-provoking Words from the Past by Mark Alton Rose

Tolerance
It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.
– Ocean of Wisdom: Guidelines for Living

The Sameness of Human Beings
Today we face many problems. Some are created essentially by us based on divisions due to ideology, religion, race, economic status, or other factors. Therefore, the time has come for us to think on a deeper level, on the human level, and from that level we should appreciate and respect the sameness of others as human beings.
– The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness

A Biased Mind Cannot Grasp Reality
“A society, which has many religions, should also have many prophets and sources of refuge.

In such a society, it is very important to have harmony and respect amongst the different religions and their practitioners.
We must distinguish between belief and respect. Belief refers to total faith, which you must have in your own religion. At the same time, you should have respect for all other religions.”
– Excerpt from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s address to the inter-faith seminar organised by the International Association for Religious Freedom, Ladakh Group, in Leh.

Establishing Harmony Within Religious Diversity

… Here there are two possibilities of what can happen. The first one is that because of close contact between different traditions, sometimes there’s a little sense of insecurity about our own tradition. The other tradition comes into more contact with us, so we feel a little bit uncomfortable. That’s a negative possibility.
The second possibility is that because of this reality of more communication, the opportunities to develop genuine harmony between traditions have grown. This is a more positive possibility and so now we must make effort to establish true harmony. … through close contact, we can learn new things from each other; we can enrich our own traditions.

– www.dalailama.com