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Dalai is a mongolian term that means "ocean", and Lama is the name tibetans use for "spiritual teacher". The two together are translated as "Ocean of Wisdom".
For the Tibetans, Dalai Lama is a title that designates the most important figure in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and formerly was also their Head of State. He was born on the 6th of June in 1935 in a little village named Taktser, located on the north-east of Tibet.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is also a charismatic ambassador of Peace. Due to his strong commitment with human values and compassion, non-violence and tolerance, His Holiness enjoys great empathy throughout the world and his message of peace reaches people from all religious beliefs, political ideologies and social conditions. His message is centered around the practice of love, compassion and kindness.
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Three main commitments
His Holiness has three main commitments in life.
Firstly, 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’. Tibetans place their trust in him. Therefore, his third commitment is to the Tibetan issue. His Holiness’ has a responsibility to act as the free spokesperson of the Tibetans in their struggle for justice. As far as this third commitment is concerned, it will cease to exist once a mutually beneficial solution is reached between the Tibetans and Chinese.
However, His Holiness will carry on with the first two commitments till his last breath.