Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama | Naming the Days

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, has touched way over simply the hearts and minds of the Tibetan individuals, for whom he’s a beloved religious and temporal chief. Now in his 80s, his knowledge, compassion, peacemaking, interfaith endeavors, scientific curiosity, and pleasant humorousness make him a shining gentle for numerous individuals from all walks of life and all non secular traditions. He accepts invites from around the globe to present public talks for non-Buddhist audiences of 1000’s, to supply his college students teachings on traditional Buddhist texts and commentaries, and to interact in dialogue with non secular and political leaders.

Born in 1935 to a farming and horse-trading household in a small village in northeastern Tibet, His Holiness was given the identify Lhamo Thondup. He spent his first two years in easy rural household life. Then all the pieces modified. Guided by premonitions, indicators, and clues in accordance with Buddhist custom, a search social gathering sought him out as a doable reincarnation of the thirteenth Dalai Lama. Its chief, Sera Lama, pretended to be a servant and sat alone within the kitchen with the earlier Dalai Lama’s prayer beads. When the younger boy approached him and requested for the beads, the lama replied, “If you recognize who I’m, you possibly can have them.” The boy replied, “Sera Lama, Sera Lama,” talking within the accent of Tibet’s capital metropolis, Lhasa — an accent that his mom could not perceive! A number of related checks satisfied members of the search social gathering that they’d discovered the subsequent successor to the Lion Throne, a place earned by means of rebirth quite than inheritance.

He was introduced along with his household to Lhasa for coaching and given the non secular identify Tenzin Gyatso. At age 15, with Communist Chinese language troops infiltrating Tibet, he grew to become Head of State and Authorities, three years earlier than the standard age for ascending to the throne as Dalai Lama. Compelled into exile in 1959 when his efforts to deliver a couple of peaceable resolution to the Sino-Tibetan drawback have been thwarted, he obtained political asylum in India. From there, he oversaw training, rehabilitation, and efforts to protect tradition for Tibetan refugees. As his affect continued to develop, he labored tirelessly on behalf of human rights and world peace. He obtained many worldwide awards, together with the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. You’ll be able to be taught extra about his life and teachings in our Living Spiritual Teachers Project.


We honor His Holiness at the moment by making our personal finest efforts to deliver in regards to the “religious and moral revolution” — one among compassion, generosity, endurance, forgiveness, and mutual understanding — round which he has primarily based his life. Take one among these quotes to information your efforts this week:

“Whether or not one is wealthy or poor, educated or illiterate, non secular or nonbelieving, man or girl, black, white, or brown, we’re all the identical. Bodily, emotionally, and mentally, we’re all equal. All of us share primary wants for meals, shelter, security, and love. All of us aspire to happiness and all of us shun struggling. Every of us has hopes, worries, fears, and desires. Every of us needs the most effective for our household and family members. All of us expertise ache once we undergo loss and pleasure once we obtain what we search. On this elementary stage, faith, ethnicity, tradition, and language make no distinction.”
— in Toward a True Kinship of Faiths

“Some individuals assume that cultivating compassion is nice for others however not essentially for themselves, however that is mistaken. You’re the one who advantages most immediately since compassion instantly instills in you a way of calm (these days medical researchers have proven in scientific research {that a} calm thoughts is important for good well being), interior energy, and a deep confidence and satisfaction. . . .”
― in How to See Yourself As You Really Are

“Relating to my precise day by day follow, I spend, on the very least, 5 and a half hours per day in prayer, meditation, and research. On prime of this, I additionally pray every time I can throughout odd moments of the day; for instance, over meals and whereas touring. On this final case, I’ve three principal causes for doing so: first, it contributes towards success of my day by day responsibility; second, it helps to move the time productively; third, it assuages worry! I see no distinction between non secular follow and day by day life.”
in The Path to Tranquility

Non secular Practices

Br. David Steindl-Rast, a famend Catholic writer and speaker who’s pals with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, asks, “In case you needed to choose a single phrase for what makes the Dalai Lama so particular, which would it not be? For me, it’s the phrase ‘all-embracing.’ His compassion embraces not simply Tibetans or Buddhists, however all individuals in all places; and it embraces all of each individual — thoughts, soul, and physique. I skilled each. As soon as, once I was privileged to sit down subsequent to His Holiness whereas another person was lecturing, he seen that each of us have been fingering our prayer beads. Quietly, he reached over, took the string of beads I used to be utilizing, and let me use his. With this one gesture, a Buddhist embraced all Christians. On one other event, he seen that my fingers have been chilly, merely took them between his personal fingers, and rubbed them, as a mom would possibly do with a baby. With this one gesture, one other human being embraced all of me.”

What’s one easy factor that you are able to do at the moment that demonstrates your full embrace of one other individual’s approach of being?

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