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Monday, February 15, 2010

Let Your Little Light Shine Sunday - The Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

The following quotes are from the acceptance speech of the Dalai Lama, who received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1989.  As I looked for the perfect photo for this post, I was again reminded that every picture of this man is the "perfect" photo.  His face ceaselessly radiates joy and love for the world and everything in it.

I feel honored, humbled, and deeply moved that you should give this important prize to a simple monk from Tibet.  I am no one special.

No matter what part of the world we come from, we are all basically the same human beings.  We all seek happiness and try to avoid suffering. 

I believe suffering is caused by ignorance.  People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction.

Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, of love and compassion, and elimination of ignorance, selfishness and greeed.

The problems we face today are human created problems which can be resolved through human effort and understanding, and a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood.

We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.  I am convinced that everyone can develop a good heart and a sense of universal responsibility with or without religion.

I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.

For more information on the Dalai Lama and his message, please go to;

This is in direct response to my own post entitled "Tea Baggers" two posts below.  The Dalai Lama is all inclusive and tolerant of all ideas that generate harmony and peace throughout the world.

The rantings of screaming, mindless crowds that build nothing are exclusive and devisive.  My way works, your way is stupid is all anyone ever says in such a gathering.  This is a picture of ignorance.   


  1. amen, heart sister, amen.

    he came to my town two years ago and he stared directly at my friend, who was standing in a crowd of many. she said she felt electrified.

    there are special teachers who walk the planet. the dalai lama is one, and our renee is another.

    have a fine day, linda. i am doing taxes. ugh.

  2. kj,

    It was a good day until you brought up taxes....
    now I'm poorer!


    Thanks for stopping by! I love that pic of the snow curling around the edge of your shop roof. And I remember getting rid of snow drifts in front of my garage, but no more! Pretty soon you will be looking for spring bulbs to pop up.
    Hope your husband continues to do well.

  3. That snow curl was unusual. My husband made a long pipe pole and knocked it off so it wouldn't fall and behead me unexpectedly when I used my shop door....so the edge looks rather raggedy now.

    You have written a wonderful tribute to this gentle spiritual person. It would truly be a memorable experience to actually meet him like kj.

    Would you have an objection to my putting a link on my Facebook page back to this post?? I'd like to share it with some Friends....but only with your permission.

  4. Mic,

    Sure, go ahead. Hope you take pics of your spring and share.

  5. Thanks, Linda. I read the whole Acceptance speech but you highlighted the essence of his philosophy with the few quotes you chose. "Simplicity"

  6. Re: Spring Photos - will try to catch that - if I don't blink at the wrong time and miss it LOL

    Unfortunately, Spring/Fall are sort of "left out" seasons up here.

  7. Linda, you made my day! Thank you for your words. Sometimes I feel I'm alone, only person who says things out (and sometimes loud too!).

    I've been here quite a long time reading your blog. It's great to find a blog which is not only about me.me.me life, personal diary type of blog. You have something real important to say!

    What a man Dalai Lama is! He's a sun shine man. This world would need many more, I mean MANY men like him!
    His words 'The problems we face today are human created problems' are true.
    We haven't learned nothing even if we are more educated than any generation before us.
    How can we people be so stupid?

    Now I have to go but I'll be back! :)
    Have a great day - I'll have too because it's my birthday today! You could come to my blog and dance with me?! :)