The 14th Dalai Lama popularly known as Tenzin Gyatso, born on 6 July 1935 is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was formally headed by the Ganden Tripas.
Dalai Lama was born in Taktser, Qinghai, Republic of China. He was selected as the tulku of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937 and formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in a public declaration near the town of Bumchen in 1939. On 26 January 1940, the Regent Reting Rinpoche requested the Central Government to exempt Tenzin Gyatso from the lot-drawing process of the Golden Urn to become the 14th Dalai Lama.The request was approved by the Central Government.His enthronement ceremony as the Dalai Lama was held in Lhasa on 22 February 1940 and he eventually assumed full temporal (political) duties on 17 November 1950, at the age of 15, after the People’s Republic of China’s occupation of Tibet.
During the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Dalai Lama fled to India, where he currently lives as a refugee. He has traveled the world and has spoken about the welfare of Tibetans, environment, economics, women’s rights, nonviolence, interfaith dialogue, physics, astronomy, Buddhism and science, cognitive neuroscience, reproductive health, and sexuality, along with various topics of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhist teachings. He was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2006, Time magazine named him one of the “Children of Mahatma Gandhi” and Gandhi’s spiritual heir to nonviolence.
I hope you enjoyed reading his biography. To add to the value I have decided to share a funny clip of The Dalai Lama below.
Karl tells the Dalai Lama a joke and it fails miserably
The spiritual leader is full of positivity filled attitude. His words are as noble and reflect his personality. So let’s have a look at the noble Quotes by Dalai Lama.
Dalai Lama Quotes
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.”
“We are all here on this planet as tourists. None of us can live here forever.”
“Happiness is not something readymade it comes from your own actions.”
“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.”
“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”
“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
“With the realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”
“When you talk, you are repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”
“Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.”
“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”
“Peace only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.”
“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, and lovers of all kinds.”
“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.”
“Instead of wanting more, give thanks for the blessings you already have.”
“The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion, and concern for others.”
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”
“Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You always have the choice.”
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”
“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”