Dalai Lama

A Quote by Dalai Lama on choices, religious practice, dalai lama, christianity, and buddhism

I got the impression you were asking whether someone can practice different religions simultaneously.  Let me share my thoughts on this.  As you may know, I consider the existence of a variety of religions useful for humanity.  In the preliminary stages of one's spiritual research, one can practice both Christianity and the Bhuddadharma.  One can, for example, respect and have faith in the Buddha's teachings on non-violence, compassion, and tolerance, while remaining skeptical about karma and reincarnation, and basically believe in the Creator and feel close to God.  At that level, I think it is possible to practice two or even more traditions.  It is like being in school: as long as you remain at the general level, you may study a range of subjects.  But as you progress to higher studies, you should choose one specialization. 

For someone who goes deeper into Buddhist practice, which is based on voidness, interdependence, and no absolute, there is no place for belief in a creator.  The opposite is also true.  For a Christian, the essential points are the Creator, love of God, and love of fellow human beings.  I asked a Christian priest and friend of mine why the theory of rebirth was unacceptable to a Christian of deep conviction.  He replied, "The belief that this very life, without any other one preceeding it, is created by God is what develops the feeling of intimacy with the Creator."  I saw a positive meaning in that.  For a genuine Christian, it is not possible to accept rebirth and, even more important for us Buddhists, the belief that everything is interdependent.  When you reach a certain level of practice, you have to make a choice.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 67

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on religion, pluralism, and dalai lama

Religion is important for humanity, but it should evolve with humanity.  The first priority is to establish and develop the principle of pluralism in all religious traditions.  If we, the religious leaders, cultivate a sincere pluralistic attitude, then everything will be more simple.  It is good that most religious leaders are at least beginning to recognize other traditions, even though they may not approve of them.  The next step is to accept that the idea of propagating religion is outdated.  It no longer suits the times.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 59

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on altruism, dalai lama, and compassion

Altruism has two aspects.  Loving others does not mean that we should forget ourselves.  When I say that we should be compassionate, this does not mean helping others at the expense of ourselves.  Not at all.  Sometimes I say that the buddhas and bodhisattvas are the most selfish of all.  Why?  Because by cultivating altruism they achieve ultimate happiness.  We, in our selfishness, are very foolish and narrow-minded.  All we do is create more suffering for ourselves.  The selfishness of the buddhas and bodhisattvas is functional and efficient.  It allows them not only to achieve awakening, but also the capacity to help others.  That is really worthwhile.  For me, this proves that to create maximum happiness for oneself, one needs to develop compassion,  This is Buddhist logic.  If compassion induced misery, then it would be questionable.  Why practice something that brings us more trouble?  But that is certainly not the case with compassion.  Just imagine if we all lived with no compassion, thinking only of ourselves.  We would suffer greatly.  The more you think of others, the happier you are.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 46

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on dalai lama, discernment, truth, authenticity, and respect

On love, not harming others, and respecting all beings.  Even animals have these elements in their behavioral patterns.  We should start by observing how animals act.  They are honest and appreciate it when we are honest with them.  If you present something nice to an animal in one hand while hiding a rope in the other, the creature will know your intention.  Yet animals have no religion, no constitution.  Basic nature has endowed them with the faculty of discernment.  It is the same for humans.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 35

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on seventh generation, dalai lama, inventions, and progress

We had a rule in Tibet that anyone proposing a new invention had to guarentee that it was beneficial, or at least harmless, for seven generations of humans before it could be adopted.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 52

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on dalai lama and competition

There is competition, but it is used in a good way.  It is positive to want to go first, provided the intention is to pave the way for others, make their path more easy, help them, or show the way.  Competition is negative when we wish to defeat others, to bring them down in order to lift ourselves up.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 28

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on authentic, power, and dalai lama

There are many different kinds of power.  True power comes from serving and helping others.  Such behavior makes people respect you.  They are willing to listen to your views and advice, and they support you.  The energy of many people is thus channeled through one person.  This kind of power is positive and authentic.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 13

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A Quote by Dalai Lama

In some cases is keeping your mouth shut the best answer.

Dalai Lama

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on buddhism, compassion, love, and happiness

In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as
two aspects of same thing: compassion is the wish for another being to
be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.

Dalai Lama

Source: Living the Compassionate Life at http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1751

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A Quote by Dalai Lama

It is not enough to be compassionate.  You must act.  There are two aspects to action.  One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger.  This is action out of compassion.  The other is more social, more public.  When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.

Dalai Lama

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