“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think.” Buddha
Watch this video where the Dalai Lama speaks about happiness
Who is the Dalai Lama?
Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th and current Dalai Lama. He was born July 6, 1935, to a family of peasants.
He is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. Gyatso has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize and is the world’s most famous Buddhist monk.
For Buddhists, the Dalai Lama is the “Bodhisattva.” This is someone who can reach a state of nirvana, the perfect mental state of happiness, but chooses not to in order to help others.
For more than 6 million Tibetans, he represents hope for the future of their nation. China restricts the rights of people living in the autonomous region. Despite the restrictions, there is an elected parliament, judiciary, and even a prime minister.
The Dalai Lama is forced to live in exile outside of Tibet. He is the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.
For millions of people around the world, he is a symbol of compassion, altruism, and peace. What does he mean to you?
What is his Daily Routine?
The Dalai Lama is 70. He practices what he preaches. He begins at 4 am each morning, a time when most of us are still catching up on our sleep.
The Dalai Lama in the Social Media Age
He is celebrated as a living Buddha. Although he makes no claim to it himself. Gyatso sees his role as “permission-based leadership.” You might think that being the most scrutinized Dalai Lama ever, thanks to the internet and social media, could make him act like a celebrity. However, he is a self -proclaimed “ordinary human” like the rest of us.
His General Philosophy
The Dalai Lama celebrates diversity, recognising the uniqueness of each person on our planet – their needs, backgrounds, and perspectives.
He advises us to learn from all traditions and cultures so that we can come closer together.
Gyatso encourages rigorous scrutiny, or open-minded skepticism. of any teacher or teaching. He urges us to be careful before we commit ourselves to anyone or anything.
The Dalai Lama also believes in inclusiveness. He thinks that we can move beyond “unity in diversity” into a deeper understanding of how we can live together in peace.
His Philosophy of Happiness, Love and Compassion
When the Dalai Lama was asked about the purpose of life, he said, “I believe the purpose of life is to be happy.” What do you think the purpose of life is?
Happiness and suffering can be separated into two parts: mental and physical. The mental side of happiness and suffering affects us the most.
The mind registers every event, no matter how insignificant it seems. We should devote our most serious efforts towards good mental health and tranquility.
Unless we are gravely ill, our body plays a secondary role in life. If our body is content, then we virtually ignore it.
Tranquillity comes from compassion and love. If we care for the happiness of others, our own sense of wellbeing becomes stronger.
This gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we come across. As long as we live in this world, we are bound to encounter problems, so get ready for them.
If we become depressed, we find it harder to face difficulties. Feelings of anxiety or depression can be lifted if we are open with other people and don’t try to bottle everything up inside ourselves.
We should remember that everyone faces challenges and hardship. This will help us to look at our problems in perspective.
The Dalai Lama teaches that obstacles should make us feel more fulfilled rather than depressing us.
He believes that each new challenge can be seen as another valuable opportunity to improve our mind. We can become more compassionate towards other people if we put ourselves in their shoes.
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What do you think that the secret towards happiness is? How can we be more compassionate to other people? And is world peace possible?
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