Being on a spiritual journey myself, I decided to get some much-needed insight from The 14th Dalai Lama through his book “My Spiritual Journey.”
The Dalai Lama is well aware of his thirteen predecessors, which began in 1391 with Gendun Drup. When a full delegation of lamas and religious dignitaries visited him as a young child, he was able to recognize a cane (and several other objects) that belonged to the previous incarnation of the Dalai Lama. This proved to the delegation that he is the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama.
But he asserts that he is simply a human being who has chosen to be a Buddhist monk.
There is a Buddhist principle of interdependence and The Dalai Lama stresses that we should remember that humanity is one. Compassion and universal responsibility both demonstrate that everything is connected. We are all participating in this reality of life.
During his time as the spiritual leader of Tibet, all has not been completely peaceful though. In 1950, Tibet was invaded by the People’s Republic of China. Then, in March of 1959, the Chinese government aimed cannons at The Dalai Lama’s home and later led a full-fledged attack on the Tibetan people.
According to the footnotes, thousands of violent and torturous deaths have been caused by the occupation of Tibet by the Chinese.
The Chinese continue to occupy Tibet and The Dalai Lama was forced into exile and has remained in India.
Although it is important to remember the massacre of the people of Tibet, The Dalai Lama remains hopeful of world peace and is devoted to the Buddhist principles based on love and compassion.
One of the most important teachings of The Dalai Lama is that we depend on each other so much that the root of our existence is a fundamental need for love. We should all have a sincere and authentic concern for the welfare of others. We all want happiness and to avoid suffering.
Similar to The Dalai Lama, we should be committed to human values and the promotion of harmony among different religions and key elements in a happy life.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these beliefs, feel free to comment below. And I am sending much gratitude to all of those reading this blog! I hope this has added some value to your day!
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