August Focus of the Month ~ Happy 80th Birthday to the Dalai Lama


The Dalai Lama celebrated this 8Oth birthday on July 6th, so I thought it would be a perfect time to recognize his teachings and all that he shares with the world.

I saw the Dalai Lama about 8 years ago at a theater setting in Philadelphia. His words, wisdom and joyfulness left me uplifted and positive for my own life no matter what cards I thought were dealt to me.  I felt and knew that this man stands for compassion and forgiveness and with that great healing.  He believes in the truth that we all have and know deep in our soul.  The greatest gift I have learned is that depending on the perspective, one’s truth can be different that another’s.  Sounds elementary. However, our ability to stretch our necks to see another’s point of view may be worth it.  We may not agree, but we can see.  This is where compassion, tolerance, and understanding has an opportunity to unfold.  And then what is left?…peace, love, and happiness.


Three Main Commitments

His Holiness has three main commitments in life.

Firstly, on the level of a human being, His Holiness’ first commitment is the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. All human beings are the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who do not believe in religion recognize the importance of these human values in making their life happier. His Holiness refers to these human values as secular ethics. He remains committed to talk about the importance of these human values and share them with everyone he meets.

Secondly, on the level of a religious practitioner, His Holiness’ second commitment is the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognize the value of each other’s respective traditions. As far as one truth, one religion is concerned, this is relevant on an individual level. However, for the community at large, several truths, several religions are necessary.

Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and carries the name of the ‘Dalai Lama’. Therefore, his third commitment is to work to preserve Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.

official page of the Dalai Lama

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