A good life does not mean just good food, good clothes, good shelter. These are not sufficient. A good motivation is what is needed—compassion, without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy—just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their rights and human dignity. – Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two, the child, then named Lhamo Dhondup, was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.
Here are the five great teachings he gave:
1. Be Compassionate : Compassion is one of the many feelings embedded within Love. Compassion means opening your heart, feeling what others feel and really understanding their problems while showing them you care.
2. Non Violence : Dalai Lama says “Non-violence means dialogue, using our language, the human language. Dialogue means compromise; respecting each other’s rights; in the spirit of reconciliation there is a real solution to conflict and disagreement. There is no hundred percent winner, no hundred percent loser—not that way but half-and-half. That is the practical way, the only way.” Practice non violence wherever possible.
3. Cultivate Kindness : He says, Whenever we feel love and kindness towards others, It not only makes us feel loved and cared for but also it helps us to develop inner peace and strength. He asks to practice kindness in every moment of life.
4. Cultivate Happiness : He says “When life becomes too complicated and we feel overwhelmed, it’s often useful just to stand back and remind ourselves of our overall purpose, our overall goal. When faced with a feeling of stagnation and confusion, it may be helpful to take an hour, an afternoon, or even several days to simply reflect on what it is that will truly bring us happiness, and then reset our priorities on the basis of that. This can put our life back in proper context, allow a fresh perspective, and enable us to see which direction to take.”
5. Cultivate Inner Peace : He says, “The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, and fear where as a sense of universal responsibility is the source of inner peace”. Peace of mind is largely a matter of attention. If we keep the flashlight of our attention on our negative circumstances, if we constantly attend to the “gloom and doom” voices in our heads, then we will surely be overcome by stress.