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 His Holiness The Dalai Lama (Nobel Laureate)  on  “Success & Happiness”

His Holiness with Birla Family



Bimtech invites His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Speak about

‘Success & Happiness’


December 1st 2013

New Delhi, India, 1 December 2013 – The Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to address a select gathering of corporate leaders, civil servants, academicians, professionals, and diplomats today as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The event took place at the Jaypee Integrated Sports Complex, Greater Noida. His Holiness’s relations with the Birla family go back to the early days of his life in India. It was in their house in Mussoorie that he spent his first year in exile before moving to Dharamsala. In a brief meeting before his talk, he was presented with a framed photograph of himself with Mr & Mrs BK Birla on the veranda of Birla House in 1959 or 1960.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is presented with a photo of himself with Mr & Mrs BK Birla on the veranda of Birla House taken in 1959/60 before his talk in Noida, India on December 1, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
As part of the formal welcome, His Holiness was presented with a bouquet of flowers and in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, who both he and the Birlas consider their mentor, a garland of khadi yarn. He then took part in lighting the lamp. There were words of welcome from Dr H Chaturvedi, BIMTECH director, as well as from Jayashree Mohta and Rajashree Birla, on behalf of the Birla family.


“It’s a great honour for me to have this opportunity to share my views and experiences with brothers and sisters like you,” His Holiness began. “I consider myself to be just another human being with not much difference between us. I remember it was perhaps 20th April 1959 that I reached Birla House in Mussoorie after several days journey by train. Soon afterwards, Pandit Nehru came to see me. I met him for the first time in Peking in 1954, then again at the time of the Buddha Jayanti celebrations in 1956. By then there was already trouble in Tibet and I told him I was thinking of not going back. He advised me that it would be better to go back and to try to manage the situation on the basis of the 17 point agreement.

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A Brief Biography of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born on July 6, 1935 to a peasant family in the small village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of His predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lamas are the manifestations of the Buddha of Compassion, who chose to take rebirth to serve humanity. Dalai Lama means Ocean of Wisdom; Tibetans normally refer to His Holiness as Yizhin Norbu, the Wish-Fulfilling Gem, or simply Kundun, the Presence.When the Thirteenth Dalai Lama died in 1935, the Tibetan Government had not simply to appoint a successor, but to discover the child in whom the Buddha of Compassion would incarnate: the child need not have been born just at the death of His predecessor, or even very soon thereafter. As before, there would be signs of where to search. For example, when the Thirteenth Dalai Lama’s body was laid in a shrine facing south, His head turned to the east twice, and to the east of his shrine a great fungus appeared on the east side of a pillar of well-seasoned wood. The Regent of Tibet went to the sacred lake of Lhamoe Lhatso, where Tibetans have seen visions of the future. There he saw, among other things, a monastery with roofs of green jade and gold and a house with turquoise tiles. A detailed description of the entire vision was written down and kept a strict secret.Read more


Three Main Commitments In Life

His Holiness has three main commitments in life.

dalai-lama-300Firstly, on the level of a human being, His Holiness’ first commitment is the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. All human beings are the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who do not believe in religion recognize the importance of these human values in making their life happier. His Holiness refers to these human values as secular ethics. He remains committed to talk about the importance of these human values and share them with everyone he meets.

Secondly, on the level of a religious practitioner, His Holiness’ second commitment is the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognize the value of each other’s respective traditions. As far as one truth, one religion is concerned, this is relevant on an individual level. However, for the community at large, several truths, several religions are necessary.

Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and carries the name of the ‘Dalai Lama’. Therefore, his third commitment is to work to preserve Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.


Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech!

Your Majesty, Members of the Nobel Committee, Brothers and Sisters. scan0018I am very happy to be here with you today to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. 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. But I believe the prize is a recognition of the true value of altruism, love, compassion and non-violence which I try to practice, in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha and the great sages of India and Tibet. I accept the prize with profound gratitude on behalf of the oppressed everywhere and for all those who struggle for freedom and work for world peace.I accept it as a tribute to the man who founded the modern tradition of non-violent action for change Mahatma Gandhi whose life taught and inspired me. And, of course, I accept it on behalf of the six million Tibetan people, my brave countrymen and women inside Tibet, who have suffered and continue to suffer so much. They confront a calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of their national and cultural identities. The prize reaffirms our conviction that with truth, courage and determination as our weapons, Tibet will be liberated. Read more


Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace!

His Holiness the Dalai Lama formally received the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace earlier today during his Kalachakra teachings at Bodh Gaya.

mahatma gandi Award Speech“We are privileged in honouring His Holiness the Dalai Lama in recognition of his work and contribution for world peace,” Ela Gandhi announced.

The Dalai Lama was supposed to have received the award last October as part of a much anticipated visit to South Africa. The visit had to be called off at the eleventh hour following a five-week wait for a visa to be issued. Referring to the South African government’s tacit delay in issuing the visa, Gandhi said “it was very painful for the people in Africa for not being able to present the award to His Holiness in person. “There is no justification for failing to issue the visa timely,” Gandhi added.





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The Wisdom of Compassion

by H.H. the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan

1The Wisdom of Compassion offers rare insights into the Dalai Lama’s life and his efforts to translate compassion into action through deeply engaging, behind-the-scene stories about his interactions with remarkable people from all walks of life.

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