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His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet and the world

Buddhism 

Three Main Commitments

 
His Holiness has three main commitments in life.
 
Firstly, as a human being, His Holiness is committed to the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. He says that as human beings we are all the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who do not believe in religion can benefit if they incorporate these human values into their lives. His Holiness refers to such human values as secular ethics or universal values. He is committed to talking about the importance of such values and sharing them with everyone he meets.
 
Secondly, as a religious practitioner, His Holiness is committed to the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences between them, 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 their respective traditions. The idea that there is one truth and one religion is relevant to the individual practitioner. However, with regard to the wider community, we need to recognise that there are several truths and several religions.
 
Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and as the ‘Dalai Lama’ is the focus of the Tibetan people’s hope and trust. Therefore, his third commitment is to work to preserve Tibet's Buddhist culture, which is a culture of peace and non-violence and protect the natural environment of Tibet.
 

Global Buddhist Congregation 2011 Closing Address
Bring Quality Back into Buddhist Pursuits
Buddhism and Democracy
Science at the Crossroads
1st International Conference on Buddhism and Literature
His Holiness's keynote Address at the Buddhist Conference in Delhi
A Collaboration Between Science and Religion
Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women in Taiwan
Ordination in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

Compassion

Compassion and the Individual

Environment

An Ethical Approach to Environmental Protection
Ecology and the Human Heart
Universal Responsibility and the Environment
The Importance of Tree Planting and its Protection
A Clean Environment Is a Human Right
A Green Environment for Now and the Future
Spirituality and Nature
Thinking Globally: A Universal Task
Caring for the Earth
Address at Rio Earth Summit
Universal Responsibility and the Inner Environment
Universal Responsibility and the Global Environment
An Essay on Mountains
A Buddhist Concept of Nature
The Sheltering Tree of Interdependence: Buddhist Monks' Reflections on Ecological Responsibility
Environmental Awareness: A Part of Daily Life
Practical Steps Towards Protection of the Environment
Hope for Tibet's Environment
Politics and Environment: An Interview
The Natural World

Religious Harmony

Religious Harmony: Inter-Faith Seminar, Leh

World Peace

A Human Approach to World Peace
Human Rights, Democracy and Freedom
The Reality of War
Disarmament for World Peace
The Medicine of Altruism
The Global Community
Message on the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Message for the New Millenium
Relevant Comments by HH The Dalai Lama Subsequent to the Sept. 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack on the US

Middle Way Approach

His Holiness's Middle Way Approach For Resolving the Issue of Tibet

Tibet

Retirement
An Appeal To All Chinese Spiritual Brothers And Sisters
Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to all Tibetans
An Appeal
An Appeal to the Chinese People
10th March Statements – Archive
Five Point Peace Plan
Strasbourg Proposal 1988
Fourth International TSG (Tibet Support Group) Conference, Prague
Speech of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the European Parliament, Strasbourg
Importance of Education

 Acceptance Speeches

           Templeton Prize

                  Announcement of Templeton Prize
                       Templeton Prize Money

Congressional Gold Medal

Acceptance Speech by His Holiness

Nobel Peace Prize

Announcement of Nobel Peace Prize
Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Nobel Lecture
Nobel Peace Prize Money

Transcripts

Universal Responsibility in the Modern World - Royal Albert Hall - May, 2008 
Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama - Time Magazine Interview
Barkha Dutt of NDTV interviews His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Global Buddhist Congregation 2011 Closing Address

Articles and Essays

 Countering Stress and Depression