Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was born in Tibet in 1935 and formally enthroned at the age of 15. He fled to India when the Chinese invasion of Tibet culminated in an uprising, in 1959, and has been based in northern India ever since.

Until recently, the Dalai Lama was the political leader of the Tibetan government in exile and the spiritual head of one of the four Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Yellow Hat Sect. Dalai is a Mongolian word for ocean while lama is Tibetan for teacher. So, Dalai Lama could be translated as great teacher.

As an adult I've been really interested in Buddhism, including the teachings of the Dalai Lama. He is a wonderful source of inspiration especially when it comes to morality.

His Holiness received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent efforts to free Tibet.

Buddhist Compassion

Tibetan Buddhism is unique in many ways. For one, Tibet was isolated from the outside world for centuries and therefore the practices have taken on distinct Tibetan flavors.

Compassion is the very heart of Tibetan Buddhism or put in other words, empathy for our fellow humans and all living creatures. Offhand, here is one of my favorite Dalai Lama quotes, "Don't ruin anyone's expectations on happiness."

The Dalai Lama is a true ambassador of compassion and has authored a large number of books, some of which have become bestsellers. I rather buy a friend one of his books than a bottle of wine. It's a nice way to spread happiness and wisdom.

I strongly recommend the The Art Of Happiness. In short, it outlines how kindness makes for happiness. Other qualities that support happiness are contentment and forgiveness...

May the Dalai Lama be happy!

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