Happy Birthday, Dalai Lama!
I attended the Dalai Lama’s 79th birthday celebrations at the first day of the annual Kalachakra teachings for world peace on Sunday 6 July in Ladakh, India.
He said: India and Tibet have had a guru-disciple relationship, with Buddhism coming originally from India, contributions by great masters.
He said he has three objectives he talks about in his travels around the world:
1. All people are similar in terms of being human beings with desires for peace. In this sense, we don’t have to be talking about religion. We have all been nurtured by our mother’s care and love. Love and care is something natural to human beings, therefore we all want happiness and friends. So when I meet someone I first see them as a human being desiring happiness. There is no way to eliminate suffering in the world, but as long as we have internal peace and calm, no matter how big the external crisis, we can remain peaceful.
Poverty has increased and with this the global environment has also declined. The environmental situation has reached a crisis point, so it is very important to give care to environmental protection for nature and wildlife.
I consider you all my friends, we are all humans.
2. I am a Buddhist monk and in this world major religions emphasise basic human values. Our basic fundamental teaching is non-violence, i.e. love and compassion. Promote religious harmony, brotherhood and respect. It is our responsibility to make this world a more peaceful place with cooperation and harmony, and friendship and understanding between religions.
3. Being a Tibetan, my six million Tibetan people put their hope into me. We are pursuing a policy that benefits both China and Tibet, that preserves Tibetan culture. We promote the middle path approach. Overcome crisis with a non-violence human approach. We are seeking a win-win solution with China. For example, through this approach we have gained enormous worldwide support and goodwill for our struggle with China.
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