“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.
“(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
“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.
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*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.
- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Donates $1,000,000 to Mind & Life Institute (prweb.com)
- Group: The 100th Tibetan self-immolates in China (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Oregon says Dalai Lama coming to Eugene, Portland in May (kgw.com)
- Practice Peace (everydaygurus.wordpress.com)
- Dalai Lama’s visit to Kumbh cancelled due to security reasons (ndtv.com)
- Dalai Lama to visit Londonderry in April (dailymail.co.uk)
- How Many Self-Immolating Tibetans Does It Take to Make a Difference? (world.time.com)
- A Willpower Quotation From The Dalai Lama (renardmoreau.wordpress.com)