Tenzin Gyatso — "The 14th Dalai Lama"

 

Born July 6, 1935

 

The 14th Dalai Lama, known as Tenzin Gyatso, was born in independent Tibet and recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama at age two. At fifteen, Tenzin assumed political power in Tibet as Communist China invaded, annexed Tibet, and accelerated the need for his leadership. Coming of age during tumultuous times, the 14th Dalai Lama has steadfastly maintained his commitment to peace and nonviolence. He traveled to Beijing in 1954 to meet with Mao Zedong before escalating repression forced his exile to India where he remains today. Tenzin is one of the greatest living advocates of both freedom and peace, and the recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Essential Thoughts

 

World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.

 

The real destroyer of inner peace is fear and distrust. Fear develops frustration, frustration develops anger, anger develops violence.

 

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.


Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

 

Do not let others destroy your inner peace.