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Wikipedia Summary for Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama (UK: , US: ; Tibetan: ཏཱ་ལའི་བླ་མ་, Wylie: Tā la'i bla ma [táːlɛː láma]) is a title given by the Tibetan people to the foremost spiritual leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the classical schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso, who lives as a refugee in India. The Dalai Lama is also considered to be the successor in a line of tulkus who are believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Since the time of the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century, his personage has always been a symbol of unification of the state of Tibet, where he has represented Buddhist values and traditions. The Dalai Lama was an important figure of the Geluk tradition, which was politically and numerically dominant in Central Tibet, but his religious authority went beyond sectarian boundaries. While he had no formal or institutional role in any of the religious traditions, which were headed by their own high lamas, he was a unifying symbol of the Tibetan state, representing Buddhist values and traditions above any specific school.

The traditional function of the Dalai Lama as an ecumenical figure, holding together disparate religious and regional groups, has been taken up by the present fourteenth Dalai Lama. He has worked to overcome sectarian and other divisions in the exiled community and has become a symbol of Tibetan nationhood for Tibetans both in Tibet and in exile.

From 1642 until 1705 and from 1750 to the 1950s, the Dalai Lamas or their regents headed the Tibetan government (or Ganden Phodrang) in Lhasa which governed all or most of the Tibetan Plateau with varying degrees of autonomy under the Qing dynasty of China, in which Tibet had been under non-Tibetan suzerainty, and a period of disputed "de facto independence" between 1913 and 1951. This Tibetan government also enjoyed the patronage and protection of firstly Mongol kings of the Khoshut and Dzungar Khanates (1642–1720) and then of the emperors of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty (1720–1912).

In 1913, several Tibetan representatives including Agvan Dorzhiev signed a treaty between Tibet and Mongolia, proclaiming mutual recognition and their independence from China, however the legitimacy of the treaty and declared independence of Tibet was rejected by both the Republic of China and the current People's Republic of China. The Dalai Lamas headed the Tibetan government afterwards despite that, until 1951.

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Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

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Someone else's action should not determine your response.

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Without changing one's self, without peace in one's self, world peace is not possible.

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The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others.

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Altruism is the best source of happiness. There is no doubt about that.

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If you harbor hatred or ill feelings toward a person, the feeling does not hurt the enemy. It only harms your own peace of mind and eventually your own health.

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Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles.

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Remember that sometimes, not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

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Meet hostility and suspicion with kindness. Helping others out of love is always the best option.

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Fundamentally, the basis on which you can build a sense of caring for others is the capacity to love yourself.

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Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital.

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The basic condition of human life is happiness.

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An enemy is indeed a precious teacher.

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How we fare in any given situation depends on the conduct of our body, speech, and mind. Since mind is the chief, a disciplined mind is essential.

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We live very close together. So, our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

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Developing concern for others, thinking of them as part of us, brings self-confidence, reduces our sense of suspicion and mistrust, and enables us to develop a calm mind.

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If we are in a good mood when we get up in the morning, if there is a warm-hearted feeling within, automatically our inner door is opened for that day.

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If your mind is scattered, it is quite powerless.

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A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.

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The only way to fail is to quit.

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To a large extent, whether you suffer depends on how you respond to a given situation.

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The 20th century was the century of war and blood. The 21st century is the century of dialogue.

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Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.

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The most important benefit of patience consists in the way it acts as a powerful antidote to the affliction of anger.

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The antidote to hatred in the heart, the source of violence, is tolerance.

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Computers make me totally blank out.

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Happiness is a state of mind. With physical comforts if your mind is still in a state of confusion and agitation, it is not happiness. Happiness means calmness of mind.

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Don't use Buddhism to become a Buddhist. Use Buddhism to become better at whatever else in your life you are doing already.

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A balanced and skillful approach to life, taking care to avoid extremes, becomes a very important factor in conducting one's everyday existence.

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As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings.

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As far as mental development is concerned, we should never be complacent. We can develop our minds infinitely -- there is no limitation.

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Constructiveness is the human way.

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The world has also learned that economic growth, by itself, cannot close the gap between rich and poor.

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Contemplating the suffering which is unbearable to us, and is unbearable to others, too, can produce awake mind, which arises from the compassion that wishes to free all living beings from suffering.

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Inner disarmament, external disarmament; these must go together, you see. Peace is not just mere absence of violence -- genuine peace must start in each individual heart.

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We have global communication and yet confrontation is more common than dialogue.

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Try to improve. Don't expect too much, but don't feel discouraged either; keep up your enthusiasm; you will make progress.

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We must conduct research and then accept the results. If they don't stand up to experimentation, Buddha's own words must be rejected.

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Limitless like the ocean are your excellent qualities.

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If I had not been a monk, I would have become an engineer.

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Since form is emptiness and emptiness is form, then instead of a hand grasping at nothing, it is better to grasp at someone's nose because this is closer to reality.

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Genuine harmony must come from the heart. It cannot come from the barrel of a gun.

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The real test of compassion is not what we say in abstract discussions but how we conduct ourselves in daily life.

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Unlike physical progress, which is subject to natural restrictions, the qualities of the mind can be developed limitlessly.

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Individuality is very important for a full human life.

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Too strong a media emphasis on death and violence can lead to despair.

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I do not judge the universe.

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The highest happiness is when one reaches the stage of liberation, at which there is no more suffering.

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The person who received maximum affection from mother, that person also sort of cultivated the potential showing affection to others.

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When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves.

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If you focus only on yourself and neglect others, you will lose; but you will gain if you value others as much as you cherish yourself.

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According to Buddhist psychology most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent.

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Happiness doesn't always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.

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Without freedom, creativity cannot flourish. The right to freedom is crucial to progress in any society; and the context is having a sense of global responsibility.

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If we want to save the world, we must have a plan. But no plan will work unless we meditate.

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Affection is important because it counters anger, hatred and suspicion that can prevent our minds from functioning clearly.

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I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend with dignity, with honor.

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Spiritually, yes, now many people knows Tibetans in spiritual field are very, very advanced but in material field is very, very backward.

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I make small mistakes every day. But major mistakes? It doesn't seem so. I've examined my service to the Tibetan people and to humanity, and I've done as much as I can in my life.

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Many Tibetans sacrifice their lives.

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I'm a Tibetan monk, not a vegetarian.

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I always tell my Western friends that it is best to keep your own tradition. Changing religion is not easy and sometimes causes confusion. You must value your tradition and honor your own religion.

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Indulgence in resentment and vengeance will only further increase miseries to oneself and others in this life and in lives to come.

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In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.

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Do not think only of your own joy, but vow to save all beings from suffering. This is sharing in its highest form and purity beyond all poisons of this world.

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Certain beliefs must accompany every action: One should act without selfishness, cultivate compassion for all living things, and develop respect for others.

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A zero itself is nothing, but without a zero you cannot count anything; therefore, a zero is something, yet zero.

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May I examine my mind in all actions and as soon as a negative state occurs, since it endangers myself and others, may I firmly face and avert it.

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There are five billion human beings and in a certain way I think we need five billion different religions.

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Longer Version:

There are five billion human beings and in a certain way I think we need five billion different religions, because there is such a large variety of dispositions. I believe that each individual should embark upon a spiritual path that is best suited to his or her mental disposition, natural inclination, temperament, belief, family and cultural background.


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Different religions meet the needs of different people.

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Buddhism strongly discourages blind faith and fanaticism.

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We can hardly call a beggar an obstacle to generosity.

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To me there is no difference whether president, beggar, or king.

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Chinese people themselves, they really want change.

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True friends share genuine closeness and remain friends irrespective of fluctuating fortunes.

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