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Dalai Lama

Geburtstag: 6. Juli 1935
Andere Namen:Tendzin Gyatsho, 14. dalajláma,Tändzin Gjamccho

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Tenzin Gyatso ist der 14. Dalai Lama.

Er ist buddhistischer Mönch, gilt als Linienhalter der Gelbmützen-Schule des tibetischen Buddhismus und befürwortet die Rime-Bewegung. Ab seiner Inthronisierung war er, wie alle Dalai Lamas zuvor, Oberhaupt der tibetischen Regierung. Aus diesem Amt zog er sich 2011 zurück, um seiner Funktion als ein geistliches Oberhaupt der Gelbmützen-Schule den eindeutigen Vorzug zu geben.

1989 wurde er mit dem Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet.

Formelle Bezeichnung ist, in Anlehnung an die Anrede vergleichbarer religiöser Würdenträger, auf Deutsch Seine Heiligkeit bzw. bei direkter Anrede Eure Heiligkeit, Tibeter nennen ihn Kundün oder Gyelwa Rinpoche.

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„Ich betrachte mich oft als halber Marxist und halber Buddhist.“

—  Dalai Lama
Pressekonferenz beim Waldzell Meeting im Stift Melk, Mittwoch, 19. September 2007; standard. at

„Wenn wir also gut zu sterben wünschen, müssen wir lernen, gut zu leben: Wenn wir auf einen friedvollen Tod hoffen, dann müssen wir in unserem Geist und in unserer Lebensführung den Frieden kultivieren.“

—  Dalai Lama
auf S. 7 im Vorwort zu Sogyal Rinpoche "Das Tibetische Buch vom Leben und Sterben" aus dem Englischen von Thomas Geist und Karin Behrendt; Fischer Vlg., Frankfurt/Main, 2003, ISBN 3-502-61113-0; Original: "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Revised and updated version" Harper, S. F. 2002

„Das tibetische System vermittelt dem Schüler jedoch nicht nur Wissen, es verfügt auch über eine differenzierte Methodik, mit deren Hilfe seine geistigen Fähigkeiten trainiert werden.“

—  Dalai Lama
"Mein Leben und mein Volk - Die Tragödie Tibets" aus dem Amerikanischen von Maria Steininger; Droemersche Verlagsanstalt, München (c) 1962, vollständige Taschenbuchausgabe 1982, ISBN 3-426-03698-3, S. 30; Originalausgabe: "My Land and My People" McGraw-Hill, N. Y. 1962

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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.

„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.

„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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„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.

„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.

„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.

„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)

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