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The Dalai Lama: Gems On the Road To Peace…

13/02/2013

“We can never obtain peace in the world, if we forget the inner world, and don’t make peace with ourselves… ”  Tenzin Gyatso Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Dalai Lama: Gems On The Road to Peace...

Dalai Lama: Gems On The Road to Peace…

“We need to make this a century of dialogue…
Because you have to lead the rest of your life in this century, you have to think, from time to time, about global issues. And for that please make good preparation: education, skill, expertise. Then another thing is your determination, your will power; that is very much based on self confidence. In order to develop self-confidence, be truthful, honest and just. These are key things and … transparency…” Dalai Lama

To people around the world, the 14th Dalai Lama is an important religious leader and teacher in the Buddhist tradition. He is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, a great humanitarian, philosopher and advocate for the path of universal responsibility, peace and compassion. We see his charismatic side even as he gives somber talks about the growing global crises or speaks about the urgency for global peace. Yet, there is another side to him; a humble, unassuming, playful side. He is a spiritual master who radiates a scintillating energy that pulls you in and steadies you, silencing the noise and cocooning you in a blanket of peace. In his presence, all petty thoughts drop away, time is suspended, and we are reminded of our collective, energetic human bond. Such is the power of his presence.

“If we combine our knowledge , skills and expertise with our will power and determination, then no matter what problems we face, we can solve those problems forever ”  Dalai Lama.

Dalai Lama: Gems On the Road To Peace...

Dalai Lama: Gems On the Road To Peace…

“(Forgiveness and self-discipline)
These are the key points. So, keep in your mind; education and knowledge. In the meantime warmheartedness, willpower, determination, being more compassionate. These are, I think, sources of our strength. So, combine our knowledge and inner strength then no matter what obstacles or difficulties, we can overcome these problem.” Dalai Lama

Recently, I saw the wonderful film, Road To Peace: Ancient Wisdom Of the Dalai Lama of Tibet about the beloved 14th Dalai Lama  produced by Leon Stuparich. 15 years ago, Leon turned his focus on the Dalai Lama. He wanted to know more about the man behind the myth; about his incredible presence, and how to achieve happiness and a “more centered, peaceful life.” The film, which you may watch for free via the link above, takes us on a personal and up close journey with the Dalai Lama.

During the course of the film, the Dalai Lama answers an important question: How can we apply universal responsibility in our lives? His advice and wisdom which he gives liberally, and which I’ve included in my block quotes above and below,  are gems to mull over again and again. I call them his gems on the road to peace. Leon’s goal is to expose as many people as possible to the Dalai Lama’s teaching and peace efforts. You can participate by watching the film and sharing your “like” of this inspiring movie with friends. 5% of the profits from this film (Road to Peace) will be donated to the Tibet House Trust. More below.

“All that we are rises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. ” The Buddha

Dalai Lama: Gems On the Road To Peace...

Dalai Lama: Gems On the Road To Peace…

“Already there are signs of limitations of natural resources and also global warming. So because of these factors, our life, in this century, will not be a century without problems. There are a lot of problems that we are bound to face, bound to happen. However, most of these problems, essentially, are our own creation. Therefore, logically, we also have the ability to minimize these problems or, in some cases, to overcome these problems.” Dalai Lama

Road to Peace – Dalai Lama
As the manifestation of the Buddha compassion,  he promotes human values, religious harmony and freedom. What struck me first about the Dalia Lama is his humility and capacity to make everyone feel valued in his presence. He is also the voice of conscience when he reminds us that our planet is in crisis, and we can’t continue treating each other and the earth with reckless abandon. Another facet of his personality I admire is his persistence in exhorting all of us to do our part, to use our  knowledge and inner strength to make the world a sustainable and happier planet.  I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me… Here are some fast facts  DL on Twitter, Website

This  post was inspired partly by this week’s writing challenge: Writing Challenge: Tell us about a character in your life. Tell us about a specific memory you have of this person that highlights their personality and the singular way they approach life.
✿♡✿Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿

*Please bear with me as I’m finally beginning to catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience! :-)

Positive Motivation Tip: Find the gems that speak to you and honor them with compassion and love, then share same with others. Peace.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: HH Dalai Lama quote via Road to Peace, HHDL quote via Facebook,  HH Dalai Lama, via Wikipedia,

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. 14/02/2013 10:25 am

    Beautiful blog and yes isn’t the Dalai Lama such a lovely man! Thank you for sharing his wisdom. xxxx

    • 17/02/2013 4:18 am

      TY Willow! He is a fascinating man and subject to write about. His compassion and knowledge impresses me.

  2. 14/02/2013 11:44 am

    He really does seem like the most precious man doesn’t he? I have one of his books that I really should make time to read.

    • 17/02/2013 4:23 am

      TY Gilly! You’re not alone in needing to read more of his writings, same here. I enjoyed putting this post together and researching the life of the Dalai Lama. :-)

  3. 14/02/2013 12:02 pm

    This is one of the most important men living today. Such wisdom is hard to acquire, but he is constantly studying. I have met him twice in Sweden and my children went to his house in Dharamsala, India. I admire him immensely. It’s not that you have to be religious, it’s to know yourself and to know the world, the human being. He is so simple and straightforward in that humble way Tibetans have.

    When I visited the Pothala palace in Tibet and talked to people who revered him and loved him but were not allowed to even have a picture of him – my heart ached so much that I constantly cried. I met people who could tell about horrible and atrocious things done to them by their opressors.

    That was the most beautiful but also the most heartbreaking journey. To know that I can never stay in contact with these wonderful people, that I can never see them again – is very painful. For a very long time after I had come home again, I could not even speak about what I had learned.

    This people, the Tibetans, are strong. I am convinced that in their hearts they will never be conquered.

    • 17/02/2013 4:27 am

      Thank you sharing your beautiful memories of the Dalai Lama. I think you should write a post about it for your blog, as you shared such wonderful insights above. The Tibetans are a remarkable people and the Dalai Lama will make sure we never forget. :-)

  4. 14/02/2013 12:23 pm

    I too have been very inspired by the Dalai Lama. I read a great book on his life and he has done so much to inspire people. I hope Tibet gets their home back someday. :)

    • 17/02/2013 4:30 am

      He is truly an inspiration and when we make the effort to look a bit closer at his work, we grow to appreciate humanity more. TY Nicole! :-)

  5. 14/02/2013 7:01 pm

    I just bought one of his books!

  6. 14/02/2013 7:53 pm

    Excellent Post. Namaste.

  7. 15/02/2013 7:35 am

    Dalai Lama is definitely one of the great state leaders as well as thinker. Those quotes of him are all excellent. He is a very inspiring person.

    • 17/02/2013 4:35 am

      TY Munchow! I really enjoyed reading and writing about him. His wisdom shines so brightly and ditto his compassionate heart.

  8. 15/02/2013 3:12 pm

    What a fine tribute to a man who underscores peace and preservation. I’m am always in awe when I hear him speak ( PBS )and the answers he gives to the questions coming from a diverse audience.

    • 17/02/2013 4:38 am

      He is truly an inspiration to humanity and I enjoy listening to him give presentations on a wide range of topics. TY Lynne! ;-)

  9. 17/02/2013 7:10 pm

    Love that first quote. So important to make peace with ourselves first. Too many of us are in turmoil.
    Have deep respect for the Dalai Lama since I saw a documentary about him sometime ago. He’s such a deeply spiritual man.

  10. 19/02/2013 2:53 am

    I needed to read this today. Thanks for extending words of peace and love.

  11. 19/02/2013 6:31 pm

    Sounds like he’s an all-around, guys’ guy, stand-up fella. We really are of rare breed. :lol:

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