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Tenzin Gyatso

Date de naissance: 6. juillet 1935
Autres noms:Tendzin Gyatsho, 14. dalajláma,Tändzin Gjamccho

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Tenzin Gyatso , né Lhamo Dhondup le 6 juillet 1935 à Taktser , dans la province du Qinghai , est le 14e dalaï-lama.

Moine bouddhiste de l'école gelugpa, il est intronisé chef temporel et spirituel des Tibétains le 17 novembre 1950, un mois après le début de l'intervention de l'armée chinoise au Tibet. En 1959, il s'exile en Inde où il crée le gouvernement tibétain en exil qu'il dirige jusqu'à sa retraite politique en mars 2011, un premier ministre lui succédant à la faveur d'une démocratisation en exil. Vivant à Dharamsala depuis plus de 50 ans, il est considéré comme le plus haut chef spirituel du bouddhisme tibétain, et par la plupart des Tibétains comme une émanation de Tchènrézi, le bodhisattva de la compassion. Il plaide pour l'indépendance du Tibet jusqu'en 1973, puis pour une « véritable autonomie » de l'ensemble du Tibet à l'intérieur de la Chine.

Il reçoit en 1989 le prix Nobel de la paix pour avoir constamment œuvré à la résolution du conflit sino-tibétain par la non-violence,,,.

Il est souvent invité par des centres bouddhistes, des institutions ou des personnalités, et effectue de nombreux voyages à travers le monde pour enseigner le bouddhisme tibétain, et diffuser un message de paix et de non-violence.

Citations Tenzin Gyatso

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„Some say I am a good person, some say I am a charlatan — I am just a monk“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Some say I am a good person, some say I am a charlatan — I am just a monk... I never asked people like Richard Gere to come, but it is foolish to stop them. I have Tibetans, Indians, backpackers, AIDS patients, religious people, politicians, actors and princesses. My attitude is to give everyone some of my time. If I can contribute in any way to their happiness, that makes me happy.

„The Great Vehicle path requires the vast motivation of a Bodhisattva, who, not seeking just his or her welfare, takes on the burden of bringing about the welfare of all sentient beings.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: What is the Great Vehicle? What is the mode of procedure of the Bodhisattva path? We begin with the topic of the altruistic intention to achieve enlightenment in which one values others more than oneself. The Great Vehicle path requires the vast motivation of a Bodhisattva, who, not seeking just his or her welfare, takes on the burden of bringing about the welfare of all sentient beings. When a person generate this attitude, they enter within the Great Vehicle, and as long as it has not been generated, one cannot be counted among those of the Great Vehicle. This attitude really has great power; it, of course, is helpful for people practicing religion, but it also is helpful for those who are just concerned with the affairs of this lifetime. The root of happiness is altruism — the wish to be of service to others. The Dalai Lama at Harvard: Lectures on the Buddhist Path to Peace (1988) by Jeffrey Hopkins.

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„With the ever-growing impact of science on our lives, religion and spirituality have a greater role to play by reminding us of our humanity. There is no contradiction between the two.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: With the ever-growing impact of science on our lives, religion and spirituality have a greater role to play by reminding us of our humanity. There is no contradiction between the two. Each gives us valuable insights into the other. Both science and the teachings of the Buddha tell us of the fundamental unity of all things. This understanding is crucial if we are to take positive and decisive action on the pressing global concern with the environment. I believe all religions pursue the same goals, that of cultivating human goodness and bringing happiness to all human beings. Though the means might appear different the ends are the same.

„True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace.

„Within the body there are billions of different particles. Similarly, there are many different thoughts and a variety of states of mind.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Within the body there are billions of different particles. Similarly, there are many different thoughts and a variety of states of mind. It is wise to take a close look into the world of your mind and to make the distinction between beneficial and harmful states of mind. Once you can recognize the value of good states of mind, you can increase or foster them. The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom (2000).

„By deceiving one another through false assumptions and misrepresentations there has been, in reality, a great lapse and delay in achieving the real goals.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: I agree with and believe in the Communist ideology which seeks the well being of human beings in general and the proletariat in particular, and in Lenin's policy of the equality of nationalities. Similarly, I was pleased with the discussions I had with Chairman Mao on ideology and the policy towards nationalities. If that same ideology and policy were implemented it would have brought much admiration and happiness. However, if one is to make a general comment on the developments during the past two decades, there has been a lapse in economic and educational progress, the basis of human happiness. Moreover, on account of the hardships caused by the unbearable disruptions, there has been a loss of trust between the Party and the masses, between the officials and the masses, among the officials themselves, and also among the masses themselves. By deceiving one another through false assumptions and misrepresentations there has been, in reality, a great lapse and delay in achieving the real goals.

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„Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one's own actions are the creator, ultimately.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one's own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some people say that, from a certain angle, Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind. Religion has much involvement with faith. Sometimes it seems that there is quite a distance between a way of thinking based on faith and one entirely based on experiment, remaining skeptical. Unless you find something through investigation, you do not want to accept it as fact. From one viewpoint, Buddhism is a religion, from another viewpoint Buddhism is a science of mind and not a religion. Buddhism can be a bridge between these two sides. Therefore, with this conviction I try to have closer ties with scientists, mainly in the fields of cosmology, psychology, neurobiology and physics. In these fields there are insights to share, and to a certain extent we can work together. "The Nobel Evening Address" p. 115.

„Our own security is enhanced when peace breaks out between warring parties in other continents.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Our own security is enhanced when peace breaks out between warring parties in other continents. But war or peace; the destruction or the protection of nature; the violation or promotion of human rights and democratic freedoms; poverty or material well-being; the lack of moral and spiritual values or their existence and development; and the breakdown or development of human understanding, are not isolated phenomena that can be analysed and tackled independently of one another. In fact, they are very much interrelated at all levels and need to be approached with that understanding.

„Once you can recognize the value of good states of mind, you can increase or foster them.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Within the body there are billions of different particles. Similarly, there are many different thoughts and a variety of states of mind. It is wise to take a close look into the world of your mind and to make the distinction between beneficial and harmful states of mind. Once you can recognize the value of good states of mind, you can increase or foster them. The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom (2000).

„Compassion without attachment is possible.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Compassion without attachment is possible. Therefore, we need to clarify the distinctions between compassion and attachment. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively. Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections and expectations, but rather on the needs of the other... The Compassionate Life (2001), Ch. 2 "How to Develop Compassion" p. 21

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