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Quote of the Week: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve never included His Holiness the Dalai Lama in this “Quote of the Week” feature, but that seems to be the case!

His Holiness needs little introduction, but here are the basics:

  • • Born on July 6, 1935 in northeastern Tibet
  • • Was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama when he was two years old
  • • In 1959, he escaped from Tibet to live in exile in Dharamsala, India, where he has been ever since
  • • Proposed a “Five Point Peace Plan” for Tibet in 1987
  • • An extraordinary man, and yet a “simple monk”

Here are words of wisdom from His Holiness (from the anthology The Path of Compassion: Writings on Socially Engaged Buddhism):

Although attempting to bring about world peace through the internal
 transformation of individuals is difficult, it is the only way to achieve a lasting world peace. Even if it is not achieved during my own lifetime, that is all right. More human beings will come–the next generation and the one after that–and progress can continue. I feel that despire the practical difficulties and the fact that this is regarded as an unrealistic view, it is worthwhile to make the attempt. So wherever I go, I express this, and I am encouraged that people from many different walks of life receive it well.

…This is my simple religion. There is no need for complicated philosophies, not even for temples. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple. The philosophy is kindness.

About Maia

I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi. I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work.

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  2. Thank you for all of your “Quotes of the Week.” I am thankful to have found your blog. I am just learning about blogging, and I appreciate what you have done.


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