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10 Life Lessons From Dalai Lama - Celebration of his 76th birthdayPresentation Transcript
10 Life Lessons Dalai Lama's 76th birthday celebration From Dalai Lama
Why do people around the world care about a simple Buddhist monk who heads an unrecognized government-in-exile and an unrecognized nation of 6 million Tibetans? Maybe because he is also a diplomat, a Nobel laureate, an apostle of nonviolence, an advocate of universal responsibility and a living icon of what he calls “our common human religion of kindness.” Here are his timeless lessons:
Life Lesson 1 : Be kind Kindness is always possible. Even when we feel like we have been wronged and hard done by we have room to be kind. The Dalai Lama had his country stolen from him and his people murdered but he still continues to promote peace and non violence. Surely we can take a lesson from this and solve our petty work disputes with kindness?
Be kind Whenever possible. It is always possible.
Life Lesson 2 : Be Positive Every day, when you get up, you can develop a sincere positive motivation: tell yourself to utilize this day in a more positive way. Try to treat every person you meet like an old friend, and that gives you a real sensation of happiness. If you have a positive mental attitude, then even when surrounded by hostility, you shall not lack inner peace.
Basically we are all the same human beings with the same potential to be a good human being or a bad human being ... The important thing is to realize the positive side and try to increase that; realize the negative side and try to reduce. That's the way.
Life Lesson 3 : Be Compassionate True compassion is universal in scope. It is accompanied by a feeling of responsibility. To act altruistically, concerned only for the welfare of others, with no selfish or ulterior motives, is to affirm a sense of universal responsibility.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Life Lesson 4 : Be Silent Our speech can do a lot of good or a lot of harm. A comment made at the wrong time can hurt someone’s feelings. On the other hand, praise can really encourage someone to become a better worker and cause them to develop trust and kind feelings towards you. Likewise, it is important to know when to stay silent. Always be mindful of what you do or don’t say at work.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Life Lesson 5 : Be confident It is important that we trust in our own ability and believe that we can achieve what we set out to achieve. When we think for ourselves and then trust that we can follow through on what we have discovered we can achieve greatness. Do not let anyone or anything belittle you into thinking your potential is less than anyone else’s.
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
Life Lesson 6 : Be happy We all want to be happy at work. We all want to work in an environment where we feel at peace with the work and the people. But a situation like this does not just arise out of thin air. We have to work towards it. It is unreasonable to expect everyone around us to be happy and joyful as if we are living in some god realm. Instead we have to work towards happiness by being a living example for others to follow.
I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
Life Lesson 7 : Be peaceful We can be angry even when others are happy. Similarly, when there are problems at work we can turn them into happiness by seeing the hidden opportunity to become a better person that has just presented itself. Work will never be peaceful until we ourselves are at peace. If you are fighting and angry on the inside you will never experience the opposite on the outside.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
Life Lesson 8 : Be meaningful Too many of us live like goldfish, swimming in the same orbit day in and day out feeling uninspired, tired, bored and sometimes worse. Life is much too precious to waste that way. Every person has a unique purpose in life. You must not waste your days berating yourself for what you don’t know and don’t do well. Instead, discover your strengths, passions, purpose and build your life on those.
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day. In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
Life Lesson 9 : Be differentiate Don’t just do it because your manager told you to. If you think for yourself you will be able to match your motivations with your actions and this brings about a sense of peace. You need to examine for yourself whether you should do it or do it differently, because you are unique!!!Are you looking for an answer to "What makes me special and unique?"
I truly believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.
Life Lesson 10 : Confront your problem As the Dalai Lama said, “I have a responsibility to my people, some of whom are living as refugees and some of whom have remained in Tibet under Chinese occupation. This responsibility means that I have to confront and deal with many problems.” The Dalai Lama shows us how to overcome our everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity.
If you are in a battle, as long as you remain ignorant of the status and combat capability of your enemy, you will be totally unprepared and paralyzed by fear. However, if you know the fighting capability of your opponents, what sort of weapons they have and so on, then you’re in a much better position when you engage in war. In the same way, if you confront your problems rather than avoid them, you will be in a better position to deal with them.
The Dalai Lama is the world’s greatest living exemplar of nonviolence and compassion, accessible to followers of all faiths. As one of the greatest people of the 20th century, he offers an inspiring vision of the likelihood that humanity will realize its highest potential in the 21st. Listen to his teachings. Happy birthday to a 76 years old Dalai Lama. (July 6, 2011)
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