Dalai Lama

A Quote by Dalai Lama on buddhism, dalai lama, four excellences, peace of mind, friends, and happiness

In the Buddhist approach, wordly happiness is based on what we call the four excellences: the Dharma, wealth, nirvana, and satisfaction.  Nirvana, or freedom from suffering, is the ultimate goal.  The satisfaction achieved from a successful temporal life is just a transient goal.  The teachings are the means to achieve ultimate inner freedom, whereas money and wealth facilitate worldly happiness, temporary satisfaction.  One strives to achieve that which is positive for all beings.  To do so, one must attend to both ultimate and temporary goals.  Well being and money belong to the latter category.  In fact, Buddhist texts mention the fruition of eight qualities including wealth, health, and fame that define a "fortunate" human existence. 

To enjoy even temporary happiness, however, one must first have peace of mind.  Next comes health, then good companions, and then money, in that order, though of course all four aspects are connected.  For example, when we had to escape from Tibet, our first priority was to save our lives.  Being penniless was secondary.  If one is alive, it is always possible to make friends and earn money.  Peace of mind must come first.  Peace of mind generally attracts prosperity.  Certainly someone who has peaceful of mind will use his or her money judiciously.

The mind is key.  If anything should be considered a god, so to speak, it is the mind, not money.  A healthy positive mind is the utmost priority.  But if we were to reverse the order of these priorities, what would happen?  I find it hard to imagine how a person with great wealth, bad health, no friends, and no peace of mind could feel even slightly happy.

Dalai Lama

Source: Imagine All the People: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Money, Politics, and Life as it Could Be, Pages: 5

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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 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 Sylvia Boorstein on dalai lama, peace, benevolence, right thingking, clear mind, and meditation

The Dalai Lama, responding to a question about what he thought he would be doing when he was old, said, "Maybe I'll live in a monastery in China. They have some lovely old Buddhis monasteries there." This seems, at first hearing, amazing. The Chinese have invaded Tibet, tortured and killed millions of Tbetans, and seem intent on erasing Tbetan culture and religion. ON the other hand, boyvotting the monasteries will not restore Tibet, so the Dalai Lama's response is sensible.

His response is more than sensible. It reflects his understanding that evens unfold as a refelction of precise karmic order and that a benevolent response in all circumstances will be the most healing one. I think he is so universally admired becuase he exemplifies by his behavior the truth that the essence of natural mind, unclouded by greed or anger or delusion, is that of peace.

Sylvia Boorstein

Source: That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist, Pages: 23-24

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