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Dalai Lama

  • Tibetan leader
  • Born July 6, 1935

Dalai Lama (UK: , US: ; Standard Tibetan: ཏཱ་ལའི་བླ་མ་, Tā la'i bla ma [táːlɛː láma]) is a title given to spiritual leaders of the Tibetan people. They are part of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso. The Dalai Lama is also considered to be the successor in a line of tulkus who are believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteśvara, a Bodhisattva of Compassion. The name is a combination of the Mongolic word dalai meaning "ocean" or "big" (coming from Mongolian title Dalaiyin qan or Dalaiin khan, translated as 'Gyatso' in Tibetan) and the Tibetan word བླ་མ་ (bla-ma) meaning "master, guru".The Dalai Lama figure is important for many reasons.


Some mischievous people always there. Last several thousand years, always there. In future, also.




Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.




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.




A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.




I am confident I will set foot again in Tibet in my lifetime.




If some people have the belief or view that the Dalai Lama has some miracle power, that's totally nonsense. I am just one human being.




The Tibetan people will need to determine who the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is.




It is difficult to violently suppress people in the long run, as the example of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European countries has shown.




With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.




I don't think generally politician come from democratic country. I think not that thinking. But sometimes little bit short-sighted. They are mainly looking for their next vote.




Number of people have said to me, after hearing your thinking, their mind becomes much more happier.




Even when a person has all of life's comforts - good food, good shelter, a companion - he or she can still become unhappy when encountering a tragic situation.




Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.




Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.




The Dalai Lama is just a temporal leader of Tibet.




If I had remained in Lhasa, even without the Chinese occupation, I would probably have carried the ceremonial role in some orthodox way.




I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion.




I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.




There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt. And, of course, there are Christian monks and nuns who already use Buddhist methods in order to develop their devotion, compassion, and ability to forgive.




My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.




Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.




When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already have everything that I really need.'




Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something's wrong. He's not right in the brain.




If you have religious faith, very good, you can add on secular ethics, then religious belief, add on it, very good. But even those people who have no interest about religion, okay, it's not religion, but you can train through education.




My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility.




World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity.




China has to go along with world trends. That's democracy, liberty, individual freedom. China sooner or later has to go that way. It cannot go backward.




I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.




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 important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.




In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.

In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.




My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.




Computers make me totally blank out.




I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.




I am a simple Buddhist monk - no more, no less.




Sleep is the best meditation.

Sleep is the best meditation.



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