Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama


7/6/1935, Taktser, Amdo, Tibet

Birth Name

Lhamo Thondup


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Tenzin Gyasto was born as Lhamo Thondup on July 6th 1935 in the town of Taktser in the northeastern province of Amdo in Tibet. He is the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhist people. He began his reign as Dalai Lama on November 17th…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Tenzin: As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery… we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness.

    • Tenzin: Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

    • Tenzin (On why Tibet receives little attention from the rest of the world): Tibet is not like Kuwait. Kuwait has oil.

    • Tenzin: If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. In my view, science and Buddhism share a search for the truth and for understanding reality. By learning from science about aspects of reality where its understanding may be more advanced, I believe that Buddhism enriches its own worldview.

    • Tenzin: Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking. But it depends on the circumstances. If the unborn child will be retarded or if the birth will create serious problems for the parent, these are cases where there can be an exception. I think abortion should be approved or disapproved according to each circumstance.

    • Tenzin: Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one's own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some people say that, from a certain angle, Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind. Religion has much involvement with faith. Sometimes it seems that there is quite a distance between a way of thinking based on faith and one entirely based on experiment, remaining skeptical. Unless you find something through investigation, you do not want to accept it as fact. From one viewpoint, Buddhism is a religion; from another viewpoint Buddhism is a science of mind and not a religion. Buddhism can be a bridge between these two sides. Therefore, with this conviction I try to have closer ties with scientists, mainly in the fields of cosmology, psychology, neurobiology and physics. In these fields there are insights to share, and to a certain extent we can work together.

    • Tenzin: All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness, the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.

    • Tenzin: Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer.

    • Tenzin: In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

    • Tenzin: My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

    • Tenzin: I am a simple Buddhist monk - no more, no less.

    • Tenzin: Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

  • A very moving, spiritual, and inspirational man.

    The Dalai Lama. Most people think he is just 1 man. But there has been 14 Dalai Lamas. Tenzin Gyasto is a particularly special one.

    Tenzin has brought Buddhism to more people than Buddha himself could have imagined. He has shown the world the plight of his beloved country, Tibet. He has made his religion the only major one to bridge gaps with science.

    He is the travelling Dalai Lama, having visited all 6 inhabitable continents. A truly great man who allows his religion to meet issues half-way. For example, abortion. Other religions such as Christianity and Muslim condemn it yet he is willing to be neutral about it, not condoning nor condeming. On homosexuality he dosen't call it b;asphemous. Again he meets it half-way and says that a loving relationship between two men or two woman is, a loving relationship one it's not sexual.

    Overall an inspirational man and if the world was more like him, peace would be riot.moreless