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A Simple Buddhist monk


His Holiness often says, "I am just a simple Buddhist monk - no more, nor less."


His Holiness follows the life of Buddhist monk. Living in a small cottage in Dharamsala, he rises at 4 A.M. to mediate, pursues an ongoing schedule of administrative meetings, private audiences and religious teachings and ceremonies. He concludes each day with further prayer before retiring. In explaining his greatest sources of inspiration, he often cites a favorite verse, found in the writings of the renowned eighth century Buddhist saint Shantideva:



For as long as space endures

And for as long as living beings remain,

Until then may I too abide

To dispel the misery of the world.







1. Take into account that great love

and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think

back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

13. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

14. Be gentle with the earth.

15. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

16. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love

for each other exceeds your need for each other.

17. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

18. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.





"The prize reaffirms our conviction that with truth, courage and determination as our weapons, Tibet will be liberated. Our struggle must remain non-violent and free of hatred." -- Dalai Lama, Tibetan leader AS LEADER of the Tibetan people His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, leads a life of exile in India. After an uprising against Chinese rule 42 years ago, the Dalai Lama fled, followed by thousands of Tibetans. Over the decades the 66-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner and advocate of non-violence has continued to seek "genuine autonomy" for his homeland, a land that China considers to be an integral part of its territory.

The Chinese believe communism liberated the Tibetans from a feudal theocracy led by the Dalai Lamas and that Tibet has developed considerably under their rule. Others have claimed human rights abuses, as well as cultural and ecological destruction. This "simple Buddhist monk" is considered by some to be one of the world's enduring figures of struggle and compassion against oppression

A Brief Biography His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, at the hamlet of Taktser in north-eastern Tibet. At the age of two the child named Lhamo Dhondup was recognized as the incarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. Dalai Lama is a Mongolian title meaning "Ocean of Wisdom" and the Dalai Lamas are manifestations of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth to serve humanity. Education in Tibet His Holiness began his monastic education at the age of six. At 23 he sat for his final examination in the Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, during the annual Monlam (prayer) Festival in 1959. He passed with honours and was awarded the Lharampa degree, the highest level geshe degree (a doctorate of Buddhist philosophy). Leadership Responsibilities In 1950 His Holiness the Dalai Lama was called upon to assume full political power after China's invasion of Tibet in 1949. In 1954 he went to Beijing for peace talks with Mao Zedong and other Chinese leaders, including Deng Xiaoping. But finally, in 1959, with the brutal suppression of the Tibetan national uprising in Lhasa by Chinese troops, the Dalai Lama was forced to escape into exile. Since then he has been living in Dharamsala, north India, the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. Since the Chinese invasion, His Holiness has appealed to the United Nations on the question of Tibet. Three resolutions were adopted by the General Assembly, in 1959, 1961 and 1965. Democratisation Process In 1963 His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented a draft democratic constitution for Tibet, following this with a number of reforms. However, in May 1990, the radical reforms called for by His Holiness saw the realization of a truly democratic government for the exile Tibetan community. The Tibetan Cabinet (Kashag), which till then had been appointed by him was dissolved along with the Tenth Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies (Tibetan parliament in exile). In the same year, exile Tibetans on the Indian sub-continent and in more than 33 other countries elected 46 members to the expanded Eleventh Tibetan parliament on a ‘one man one vote' basis. The parliament, in its turn, elected new members of the cabinet. The new democratic constitution promulgated as a result of this reform was named "The Charter of Tibetans in Exile". The charter enshrines freedom of speech, belief, assembly and movement. It also provides detailed guidelines on the functioning of the Tibetan government with respect to those living in exile. In 1992 His Holiness the Dalai Lama issued guidelines for the constitution of a future, free Tibet. In it, he announced that when Tibet becomes free the immediate task will be to set up an interim government whose first responsibility will be to elect a constitutional assembly to frame and adopt Tibet's democratic constitution. On that day His Holiness will transfer all his historical and political authority to the Interim President and live as a ordinary citizen. His Holiness also stated that Tibet comprising of the three traditional provinces – U-Tsang, Amdo and Kham – will be a federal and democracy. Peace Initiatives In 1987 His Holiness proposed the Five Point Peace Plan for Tibet as the first step towards a peaceful solution to the worsening situation in Tibet. He envisaged that Tibet will become a sanctuary – a zone of peace at the heart of Asia where all sentient beings can exist in harmony and the environment can restore and thrive. China has so far failed to respond positively to the various peace proposals put forward by His Holiness. The Five Point Peace Plan In His address to members of the United States Congress on 21 September 1987, His Holiness proposed the following peace plan, which contains five basic components: Transformation of the whole of Tibet into a zone of peace Abandonment of China's population transfer policy which threatens the very existence of the Tibetan people Respect for the Tibetan people's fundamental human rights and democratic freedoms Restoration and protection of Tibet's natural environment and the abandonment of China's use of Tibet for the production of nuclear weapons and dumping of nuclear waste Commencement of earnest negotiations on the future status of Tibet and of relations between the Tibetan and Chinese people. Revered By Tibetans Every Tibetan has a deep and inexpressible connection with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. To the Tibetans, His Holiness symbolizes Tibet in its entirety: the beauty of the land, the purity of its rivers and lakes, the sanctity of its skies, the solidity of its mountains and the strength of its people. Universal Recognition His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. His Holiness has traveled to more than 52 countries and met with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists. From 1959 to 1999 His Holiness has received over 57 honorary doctorates, awards, prizes, etc., in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness has also authored more than 50 books. His Holiness describes himself as a "simple Buddhist monk". In his lectures and tours around the world, his simplicity and compassionate nature visibly touches everyone who meets him. His messages are of love, compassion and forgiveness

Buddhist Humor

Driving in India

A monk was driving in India when suddenly a dog

crosses the road.

The car hit and killed the dog. The monk looked

around and seeing a temple, went to knock on the door.

A monk opened the door.

The first monk said: "I'm terribly sorry, but my

karma ran over your dogma."

Walking on water

Three monks decided to practice meditation together.

They sat by the side of a lake and closed

their eyes in concentration.

Then suddenly, the first one stood up

and said, "I forgot my mat."

He stepped miraculously onto the water

in front of him and walked across the

lake to their hut on the other side.

When he returned, the second monk stood up and

said, "I forgot to put my other underwear to dry."

He too walked calmly across the water and returned

the same way.

The third monk watched the first two carefully in

what he decided must be the test of his own


"Is your learning so superior to mine? I too can

match any feat you two can perform,"

he declared loudly and rushed to the water's edge to

walk across it.

He promptly fell into the deep water.

Undeterred, the yogi climbed out of the water and

tried again, only to sink into the water.

Yet again he climbed out and yet again he tried,

each time sinking into the water.

This went on for some time as the other

two monks watched.

After a while, the second monk turned to

the first and said,

"Do you think we should tell him where

the stones are?"

Q: What did a Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?

A: Make me one with everything.

(The hot dog vendor prepares the hot

dog and gives it to the monk.

The monk pays him and asks for the change.

The hot dog vendor says:

"Change comes from within".)

Q: What is the name of the best Zen teacher?

M.T. Ness

Q: How many Zen buddhists does

it take to change a light bulb?

A: None, they are the light bulb.

Q: What happens when a Buddhist

becomes totally absorbed with the

computer he is working with?

A: He enters Nerdvana.

Once there was a monk who was

an expert on the Diamond Sutra,

and as books were very valuable in his day,

he carried

the only copy in his part of

the world on his back.

He was widely sought after for his

readings and insight into the Diamond Sutra,

and very successful at propounding its profundities

to not only monks and masters but to t

he lay people as well.

Thus the people of that region came to know of the

Diamond Sutra, and as the monk was traveling

on a mountain road, he came upon an old woman

selling tea and cakes.

The hungry monk would have loved to refresh himself,

but alas, he had no money. He told the old woman,

"I have upon my back a treasure beyond knowing --

the Diamond Sutra.

If you will give me some tea and cakes,

I will tell you of this great treasure of knowledge."

The old woman knew something of the Diamond Sutra

herself, and proposed her own bargain.

She said, "Oh learned monk,

if you will answer a simple question,

I will give you tea and cakes."

To this the monk readily agreed.

The woman then said,

"When you eat these cakes,

are you eating with the mind of the past,

the mind of the present or the mind of the future?"

No answer occurred to the monk,

so he took the pack from his back and got out the

text of the Diamond Sutra, hoping he

could find the answer.

As he studied and pondered, the day grew late and

the old woman packed up her things

to go home for the day.

"You are a foolish monk indeed,"

said the old woman as she left the hungry monk in

his quandary.

"You eat the tea and cakes with your mouth."


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