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Happy Birthday to Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

May His Holiness the Dalai Lama live for aeons to benefit all sentient beings – Tibetan prayer

Today is the 79th birthday of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

His Holiness is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony, and the preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.

Compassion and the Individual

by Tenzin Gyatso; The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

The purpose of life

ONE GREAT QUESTION underlies our experience, whether we think about it consciously or not: What is the purpose of life?  I have considered this question and would like to share my thoughts in the hope that they may be of direct, practical benefit to those who read them.

I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy.  From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering.  Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this.  From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment.

I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves.  Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.

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