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Hi Holiness 14th Dalai Lama

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Firstly, as a human being, His Holiness is concerned with encouraging people to be happy—helping them understand that if their minds are upset mere physical comfort will not bring them peace, but if their minds are at peace even physical pain will not disturb their calm. He advocates the cultivation of warm-heartedness and human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline.

He says that as human beings we are all the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who have no religious belief can benefit if they incorporate these human values into their lives. His Holiness refers to such human values as secular ethics or universal values. He is committed to talking about the importance of such values and sharing them with everyone he meets.


Secondly, as a Buddhist monk, His Holiness is committed to encouraging harmony among the world’s religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences between them, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognize the value of their respective traditions. The idea that there is one truth and one religion is relevant to the individual practitioner. However, with regard to the wider community, he says, there is a need to recognise that human beings observe several religions and several aspects of the truth.

Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and as the ‘Dalai Lama’ is the focus of the Tibetan people’s hope and trust. Therefore, he is committed to preserving Tibetan language and culture, the heritage Tibetans received from the masters of India’s Nalanda University, while also speaking up for the protection of Tibet’s natural environment.

In addition, His Holiness has lately spoken of his commitment to reviving awareness of the value of ancient Indian knowledge among young Indians today. His Holiness is convinced that the rich ancient Indian understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions, as well as the techniques of mental training, such as meditation, developed by Indian traditions, are of great relevance today. Since India has a long history of logic and reasoning, he is confident that its ancient knowledge, viewed from a secular, academic perspective, can be combined with modern education. He considers that India is, in fact, specially placed to achieve this combination of ancient and modern modes of knowing in a fruitful way so that a more integrated and ethically grounded way of being in the world can be promoted within contemporary society.






The Roar of the Sacred Snow Lion of Tibet

When the world left us for dead, His Holiness the Dalai Lama […] upon his young shoulders carried the weight of the Tibetan struggle and along with it also carried the responsibility of the well being of thousands of Tibetans who followed him into exile.

When Tibetans were turned destitute overnight, with folded hands His Holiness [… journeyed] all over the globe to campaign for the plight of Tibet and also at the same time lifted the fate of Tibetans from the ashes of poverty and defeat.

At a tender age, His Holiness sowed a long term vision and [… asked] the them PM of India Nehru to open up schools, Tibetan settlements and build monasteries to incubate and preserve not just the Tibetan culture and Buddhist civilisation, […] Tibetans were able to rise up with dignity and grace.

Fast forward sixty three years later, thanks to His Holiness and his back breaking hardwork that Tibetans all over the world are not only refugees but now citizens of many nations of the world.

Their socioeconomic condition have improved stratospherically and many are rubbing shoulders with the pioneers and advents of our times. They are able to stand head to head, toe to toe with the air of confidence that has not just prayers and inspiration from His Holiness but also deliberate and calculated vision.

Tibetans all over the world […] have one thing in common and that is not just the tragedy of losing our country, but also the indominable and unbreakable faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

May you live forever in our hearts and prayers […].

(Posted by The Great 14th Dalai Lama, Facebook, 7 July 2022)





Living a meaningful life ~ HH Dalai Lama

I am now 86 years old. At the age of 16 I took responsibility for Tibet at a difficult time and in so doing I lost my freedom. At the age of 24 I lost my country and became a refugee.

I have met all kinds of difficulties, but as the Tibetan saying goes: ‘Wherever you are happy, you can call home, and whoever is kind to you is like your parents.’ I lost my country, but I’ve been happy and at home in the world at large.

Living a meaningful life is not about acquiring money and other facilities; it’s about dedicating your life to helping others as much as you can.

~ HH Dalai Lama

(Posted by Dalai Lama, Friends & Family, 4 Earth World Peace, Facebook, 2 April 2023)





Tibet

Tibet was the 10th largest country. The Tibetan people simply seek to be able to practice their way of life and traditions in their own country. It is an essence based, spiritual culture of practice – which connects and awakens from within.


Tibet’s location has been described like the palm of the hand, whose high mountain glacer waters flow into and feed the rivers surrounding it (fingers).

A culture centred in essence-awareness; it represents this in the world. This is awareness that sadly the modern western mind is continually distracted from, much to our own detriment and demise in terms of the health and wellbeing of all life on the planet.

The deeper connection is needed more than ever; this brings clarity, joy and sustenance – in a world increasingly lost in its own deluded creations. (Aid – end of war).

Each of us, (while hopefully may enjoy a long life) are nevertheless here for just a short period of time. Our practice of recognizing the innerconnectivity of all that lives is vitally important.

The Buddha taught on the nature of true reality. Teachings on The Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, Dependent Arising (relativism) and the Heart Sutra for example, expounds on this.

Through establishing the correct relationship with inseparable oneness awareness (through abiding with dharma on a relative level (the law of cause and effect), purify the mind (heart of hearts) – access the true nature of reality/ absolute).

Tibetan monastics preserved the Teachings of the Ancient Indian Tradition and the teachings of the Buddha Dharma that we have today.

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“I am determined to live for more than a hundred years to serve humanity.”
♡ Our Precious Jewel Kundun ♡

The Long Life Offering Ceremony

“I intend to continue to do what I can in the coming decades.” ~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama

~ “Amidst the ongoing crisis inside Tibet, I have a sizeable responsibility to uphold and safeguard the Tibetan culture and religion. It gives me a certain degree of satisfaction to realise that I have been able to adequately serve the Tibetan cause and people.”

Thankfully [… smiling] & waving during Long Life Offering for him and for the collective aspirations on behalf of all Tibetans inside and outside Tibet and the benefit of all living beings, offered by CTA, the Central Tibetan Administration at Thekchen Choeling Tsuglakhang in Dharamshala, India on 15 March 2023.

(Posted by HH Dalai Lama, Facebook, 15 March 2023)



Long and short term preparations ~ HH Dalai Lama

Our ultimate aim as Buddhist practitioners is attaining the fully enlightened and omniscient state of a Buddha. The vehicle we require is a human body with a sane mind. Most of us take being alive as relatively healthy human beings for granted.

In fact, human life is often referred to in Buddhist texts as extraordinary and precious. It is the result of an enormous accumulation of virtue, accrued by us over countless lives.

Each human being has devoted a great amount of effort to attaining this physical state. Why is it of such value? Because it offers us the greatest opportunity for spiritual growth: the pursuit of our own happiness and that of others.

Animals simply do not have the ability to willfully pursue virtue the way humans do. They are victims of their ignorance.

We should therefore appreciate this valuable human vehicle and must also do all we can to ensure that we shall be reborn as human beings in our next life.

Though we continue to aspire to attain full enlightenment, we should acknowledge that the path to Buddhahood is a long one for which we must also make short-term preparations.

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An Open Heart

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(Posted by DalaiLama, Facebook, 21 March 2023)




Long Life Prayer for his Holiness the Dalai Lama


In the paradise surrounding the Himalayan peaks,

You are the source from which happiness and benefit arise,

Chenrezig manifest, ocean of wisdom, Tenzin Gyatso,

May you remain with us until suffering is extinguished.

(Long life prayer for his Holiness)

By reciting this prayer once, three times or twenty one times today, has unfathomable benefit to yourself and all beings.

(Posted by The Great 14th Dalai Lama/ Spirit Wind, Facebook, 2 April 2023)