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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.

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Citations Tenzin Gyatso

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„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.

„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.

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„Because we all share this small planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Because we all share this small planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity. We are dependent on each other in so many ways, that we can no longer live in isolated communities and ignore what is happening outside those communities, and we must share the good fortune that we enjoy.

„Religion does not mean just precepts, a temple, monastery, or other external signs, for these as well as hearing and thinking are subsidiary factors in taming the mind.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Religion does not mean just precepts, a temple, monastery, or other external signs, for these as well as hearing and thinking are subsidiary factors in taming the mind. When the mind becomes the practices, one is a practitioner of religion, and when the mind does not become the practices one is not. Deity Yoga (1987)

„Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer. The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom (1998) edited by Renuka Singh

„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.

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„I am convinced that everyone can develop a good heart and a sense of universal responsibility with or without religion.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion and elimination of ignorance, selfishness and greed. The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger, and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share. Although I have found my own Buddhist religion helpful in generating love and compassion, even for those we consider our enemies, I am convinced that everyone can develop a good heart and a sense of universal responsibility with or without religion.

„My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims. The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality (2005).

„There is a saying in Tibetan that “at the door of the miserable rich man sleeps the contented beggar”“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: There is a saying in Tibetan that “at the door of the miserable rich man sleeps the contented beggar”. The point of this saying is not that poverty is a virtue, but that happiness does not come with wealth, but from setting limits to one’s desires, and living within those limits with satisfaction. In .

„Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility.“

— Далай-лама XIV
Context: Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility. In that state of mind you can deal with situations with calmness and reason, while keeping your inner happiness. That is very important. Without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed or unhappy because of circumstances.

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