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The 14th Dalai Lama his Holiness Tenzin Gyatso was born in Takstar Amdo, Tibet. Born on July 6th 1935 and named Lhamo Dondhup. He was identified early on as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama and assumed the name of Tenzin Gyatso. His formal schooling began was he was 6 years old and focused on 5 major and 5 minor subjects. His formal education continued until he was 23 years old and resulted in the highest possible degree (the equivalent of the Western worlds PHD). The Dalai Lama has been acting as the political head of state for Tibet since the Chinese invaded and claimed the country as their own. At the young age of 15 the Dalai Lama was involved in diplomatic talks with China. One of his greatest accomplishments in his early days was to democratize Tibet. The document that was drawn up eventually named the Charter of Tibetans in Exile. The Dalai Lama is an internationally recognized man of peace that received the Noble Peace Prize for his struggle to regain Tibet for his people without any violence. He has received over 150 awards from global organizations. He has also forged relationships with scientists in several disciplines to gain an understanding of how science can further the pursuit of peace for the planet. He has also added several scientific subjects of study for the monks that are schooled in the monasteries that were established while in exile. The Dalai Lama has lived an incredible life of self service and dedication to his beloved Tibet and peace and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt
them.
Dalai Lama

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

The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance,
humility, and forgiveness.
Dalai Lama

If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is
no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in
worrying whatsoever.
Dalai Lama

When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Dalai Lama

Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, "I am of no value", is wrong. Absolutely
wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you
lacking? If you have willpower then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are
your own master.
Dalai Lama

If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your
own gun.
Dalai Lama

Silence is sometimes the best answer.
Dalai Lama
 

There is a saying in Tibetan, "Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength." No matter
what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real
disaster.
Dalai Lama

I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one's own attitude, no
matter how difficult the situation.
Dalai Lama

Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with
each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.
Dalai Lama

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Dalai Lama

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
Dalai Lama

A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave
negatively or hurt you.
Dalai Lama

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
Dalai Lama

If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you
have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.
Dalai Lama

Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.
Dalai Lama

When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways - either by losing hope and
falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.
Dalai Lama

World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence.
Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
Dalai Lama

A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.
Dalai Lama

It is time to fill the world with strong and powerful deeds. It is common knowledge that no
great captain in the world has ever destroyed all of his enemies and lived with a sense of
satisfaction. If one enemy is killed, two more will appear. It is important we cultivate love and
compassion to all the sentient beings which is the way to bring peace to all.
Dalai Lama

Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to
appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry, nurture a deep caring and
respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us
with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.
Dalai Lama

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the
past.
Dalai Lama

As people alive today, we must consider future generations: A clean environment is a human
right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the
world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.
Dalai Lama

True spirituality is a mental attitude you can practice at any time.
Dalai Lama

We have bigger houses but smaller families; We have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgements; more experts but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness. We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but we have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever,
but we have less communication. We have become long on quantity
but short on quality. These are times of fast foods, but slow digestion;
tall man, but short character; steep profits, but shallow relationships.
It is a time when there is much in the window but nothing in the room.
Dalai Lama

To reduce hatred and other destructive emotions, we must develop their opposites –
compassion and kindness.
Dalai Lama

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. We always have the choice.
Dalai Lama

Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your
actions.
Dalai Lama

Whether you believe in God or not does not matter much, whether you believe in Buddha or
not does not matter so much; as a Buddhist, whether you believe in reincarnation or not does
not matter so much. You must lead a good life.
Dalai Lama

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