Tenzin Gyatso, known as the Dalai Lama, describes himself as, “A simple Buddhist monk.” He was born in Tibet on July 6, 1935. After China invaded Tibet in 1950, he was called upon to assume full political power for the Tibetan people. He was just 15 years of age.
In 1959, Chinese troops brutally suppressed the Tibetan national uprising in Lhasa. This forced the Dalai Lama to escape into exile. He has been living in Dharamsala, northern India, since then.
His Holiness is known universally as a man of peace. He promotes the cultivation of warm-heartedness coupled with human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and self-discipline.
In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his nonviolent campaign for the liberation of Tibet. Additionally, His Holiness became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
The Dalai Lama has long encouraged humanity to embrace a caring attitude towards the environment. He says that, by referring to our planet as our, “House,” or as, “Mother Earth,” we automatically feel concerned for our environment.
Today, we understand that the future of humanity very much depends on our planet and that the future of the planet very much depends on humanity.
“We must accept this. If we unbalance nature, humankind will suffer. Furthermore, as people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility towards others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than when we found it. This is not quite such a difficult proposition as it might sound. For although there is a limit to what we as individuals can do, there is no limit to what a universal response might achieve. It is up to us as individuals to do what we can, however little that may be.”
For many, religious and non-religious alike, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a source of great inspiration. As a global initiative, we are delighted to offer our efforts with the wish that His Holiness may live a healthy and long life continuing to unite and inspire us to act as one world family.
Betty Williams, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Shirin Ebadi, Mairead Maguire and Lech Walesa planting a tree after the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Warsaw, Poland on October 23, 2013. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL). Read the complete article on dalailama.com