Dalai Lama of Tibet
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet. Dalai Lama is known for his advocacy of Non-Violence, Human Rights and Religious Harmony.
In March 2011, Dalai Lama proposed to retire from his political role (Head of Tibetan Govt. in exile which is now known as Central Tibetan Administration). The proposal was accepted by the Tibetan Parliament in exile after an emotional 10 day debate, formally ending a 370 year old tradition. Tibetans now choose their own political leader through a democratic process.
Nobel Peace Prize
Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his long time commitment towards non-violence in the struggle for Tibet and the Tibetan People. Chinese Government opposed the awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to Dalai Lama accusing His Holiness of trying to seek independence for Tibet where as Dalai Lama has already given up Tibet’s struggle for independence and has proposed “Middle Way Approach“.
Dalai Lama’s three Commitments
His Holiness lives by three main commitments of his life
- Promotion of Human Values: In this fast paced and materialistic world, often times money over weighs human values. His Holiness considers promotion of human values to be most important and something that can’t be traded for money.
- Religious Harmony: His Holiness’ second commitment is towards working for religious harmony. As most religions differ in their ideologies, it often leads to misunderstandings and conflict. Dalai Lama believes that it is very important to respect other religions and it is very much possible for different religions to coexist.
- Tibet: His Holiness believes being a Tibetan and having the name tag of Dalai Lama, he has a responsibility to work for the interest of Tibet and Tibetan people.
Dalai Lama has a huge fan following from all over the world including celebrities, political leaders, religious and non-religious groups. When visiting countries like United States, His Holiness receives a rockstar welcome with tickets to his talks being sold out in days.
Science and Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama has great interest in modern science since childhood and believes science and buddhism can learn a lot of things from each other. In 1985, His Holiness started Mind and Life Conference dedicated to exploration the relationship of Science and Buddhism as methodologies in understanding the nature of reality.
The conference is held every year since its inception and is attended by notable Scientist and Buddhist practitioners.
“If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.” ~ Dalai Lama