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A MESSAGE FROM HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA

Three Main Commitments

His Holiness has three main commitments in life.
 
Firstly, on the level of a human being, His Holiness’ first commitment is the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self discipline. All human beings are the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who do not believe in religion recognize the importance of these human values in making their life happier. His Holiness refers to these human values as secular ethics. He remains committed to talk about the importance of these human values and share them with everyone he meets.
 
Secondly, on the level of a religious practitioner, His Holiness’ second commitment is the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognize the value of each other’s respective traditions. As far as one truth, one religion is concerned, this is relevant on an individual level. However, for the community at large, several truths, several religions are necessary.
 
Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and carries the name of the ‘Dalai Lama’. Tibetans place their trust in him. Therefore, his third commitment is to the Tibetan issue. His Holiness’ has a responsibility to act as the free spokesperson of the Tibetans in their struggle for justice. As far as this third commitment is concerned, it will cease to exist once a mutually beneficial solution is reached between the Tibetans and Chinese.
 
However, His Holiness will carry on with the first two commitments till his last breath.
 

MESSAGE FROM HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA

His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasizes universal interdependence and the need to develop a sense of harmony and compassion as the antidote to suffering.
 
His vision has a profound effect on the activities of Tibet House. One focus is on encouraging cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogues, as well as the exploration of relations between science and religion. Another focus is on ecological responsibility for this fragile planet from a Buddhist point of view. These are efforts towards the goal of universal harmony.
 
 

 

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