Wisdom for 2020

Today I decided to focus on a public figure that inspires me: the Dalai Lama.

He even has a cat.

There is perhaps no more spiritual place on earth than Tibet.

The wisdom and faith of Tibetan monks is astonishing.

The following are all quotes from the Dalai Lama…

Scientists warn that constant fear and anger are bad for our health, while being compassionate and warm-hearted contributes to our physical and mental well being. Therefore, just as we observe physical hygiene to stay well, we need to cultivate a kind of emotional hygiene too.

I’m Tibetan, I’m Buddhist and I’m the Dalai Lama, but if I emphasize these differences it sets me apart and raises barriers with other people.

What we need to do is pay more attention to the ways in which we are the same as other people.

Making others happy is not a question of sacrificing our own happiness. Trying to make others happy, even when we do not always succeed, is a source of great satisfaction.

Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength.

I am one of the 7 billion human beings alive today. We each have a responsibility to think about humanity and the good of the world because it affects our own future. We weren’t born on this planet at this time to create problems but to bring about some benefit.

Many of the problems we face today are our own creation.

Creating a more peaceful world requires a peaceful mind and a peaceful heart. As human brothers and sisters we must live together in tolerance and affection.

We need to consider how our actions affect wildlife and the environment, and how they are likely to affect others.

His Holiness he Dalai Lama at his 80th birthday celebration.

He was born on 6th July, 1935.

He was forced to flee Tibet from Chinese aggression in March, 1959.

He lives in Dharamsala, India.

He is committed to the Middle Way approach as a peaceful resolution for the Tibet issue.

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May he someday return to his land.

Dalai Lama photographs are by Raghu Rai

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