by Robert Wilkinson
Yes, I know the current incarnation began July 6, 1935, but he is an unbroken consciousness aware of his ongoing existence and has been for quite a few centuries! As I wrote last year, "This Being is truly one of the most benign and enlightened consciousnesses ever to walk this Earth, and having had the privilege of attending numerous talks with Him, I am always in awe of his gentle sense of humor, his generosity of Spirit, and his profound wisdom."
This most remarkable man for the Ages was enthroned on February 22, 1940 in Lhasa, and he was forced to deal with Communist Chinese brutality from a very young age. In the article linked below from last year you'll find out more about this kind and playful gentle man, Nobel Laureate and all around good guy.
Happy Birthday Tenzin Gyatso! May you outlast and outlive the rule of China over Tibet, may you ultimately see the Tibetan culture restored, and may you return to the Land of Snows empowered by your decades in exile.
A few good quotes:
"War is legalized murder."
"If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them."
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. "
"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day."
"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life."
"As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery… we have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace. The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion, while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility are the sources of peace and happiness."
By all means, check out the site of last year's blast, Happy 616th Birthday To HH Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso featuring more links. Aum Mani Padme Hum!
© Copyright 2008 Robert Wilkinson