Talk:Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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"Instructions for life" section is based on an email chain hoax - not the dalai lama as far as I know... Also, any citations?

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  • Just as rust, which arose from the iron itself, wears out the iron, likewise, performing an action without examination would destroy us by projecting us into a negative state of existence.
  • Spiritual practice is difficult in the beginning. You wonder how on earth you can ever do it. But as you get used to it, the practice gradually becomes easier. Do not be too stubborn or push yourself too hard. If you practice in accord with your individual capacity, little by little you will find more pleasure and joy in it. As you gain inner strength, your positive actions will gain in profundity and scope.
  • The real enemy is not outside, but inside. ... External enemies are not permanent; if you respect him, the enemy will become your friend. But there is one enemy who is always an enemy, whom you should never compromise, that is the enemy inside your heart. You cannot change all these bad thoughts into your friend, but you have to confront and control them.
  • When others insult, rebuke and speak unpleasant words to us, although an intolerable pain arises like a thorn at the heart, if we comprehend the teachings then we can recognize the essenceless nature of these words which resemble an echo. So just as when an inanimate object is scolded, we will experience not the slightest mental turmoil.
  • You should respect other religions... the essence of all religions is basically the same: to achieve a true sense of brotherhood, a good heart, respect for others. If we can develop these qualities from within our heart, then I think we can actually achieve true peace.
    • Message on his first visit to the West in (1973)
  • There is a saying in Tibetan – ‘tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength’. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful an experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.
  • All heart and no brain — useless. All brain and no heart — dangerous.
  • "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."

probable misattributions[edit]

  • Man, because he sacrifices health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.
    • The Dalai Lama, supposedly, when asked what 'surprises him the most' — this seems derived from the work of an unknown author circulated as "An Interview with God…"

According to the following sources, this quote may have been originated by James J. Lachard (Jim Brown) in a poem he wrote entitled, "I dreamed I had an interview with God." The poem may not have been formally published. The quote stated above has been changed from the original, which can be found on at least two of the links below.

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/525471-man-surprised-me-most-about-humanity-because-he-sacrifices-his https://centerforgloballeadership.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/an-interview-with-god-i-stand-corrected/ https://cascadianwanderer.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/the-dalai-lama-is-jim-brown/

dubious[edit]

  • Our main purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. Widely circulated; attributed in Words of Wisdom (William Safire & Douglas Safir, 1990), but without a source. I could find no earlier attribution online. --Dhartung (talk) 21:18, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

Does anyone know anything about Info-Buddhism.com? I find is strange that a web publication doesn't list a specific day for speaking with a religious leader, only the month it happened, and that they, not the news got an interview at all seems suspicious.[edit]

Interview with the Dalai Lama about the Full Ordination of Women[edit]

(interviewed by Buddhismus Aktuell, translation by Michaela Doepke, Info-Budhism.com, (01/2011).

  • According to our tradition, the ordination of a bhikṣuṇī must be carried out by a bhikṣuṇī preceptor, and since a Mūlasarvāstivāda bhikṣuṇī preceptor is not available, according to our tradition the bestowal of ordination stopped. This is the problem. During the last thirty years we examined whether there are some exceptions to this. Some scholars say an exception is possible but the majority still says “no”. I have no power according to Vinaya (laughing). According to Vinaya, the final decision must be made by a saṅgha—a group of monks—not by a single monk. I think here we have to “complain” a little bit to the Buddha himself. While he was alive, he was the final authority; it was in his own hands. When he passed away, he didn’t give final authority to a single person, but to a group of monks. That is the problem now.
  • Twenty or thirty years ago, a journalist from a French women’s magazine asked me this question for the first time. Can the Dalai Lama’s incarnation be female in the future? I say, yes, because firstly, there are already high female reincarnations among Tibetan lamas. For example Samding Dorje Phagmo is an incarnation tradition which has existed, I think for seven or eight hundred years. That reincarnation lineage is almost as old as that of the Karmapa, I think it must have begun around the time of Lama Tsongkhapa. In our time there are high female lamas as well. Yes, we accept female gurus, female teachers. The purpose of a reincarnation lineage is to serve people through the Dharma, and if the circumstances are such that a female form is more useful, then why not? I mentioned that to the French journalist. I also said half-jokingly that if the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation is female, she must be very attractive. The reason is so that she will have more influence on others. If she is an ugly female, she won’t be very effective, will she? What do you think? (laughs). Good! Thank you very much!

Given the importance of the person being interviewed and how little is known about the publication, I think this needs looking into before being added to anything outside the attributed quotes section. From the Dalai Lama's website, "His Holiness also takes the opportunity to interact with members of the media. As there are many requests for private audiences we try to limit media interviews to one during an audience day. Members of the media need to submit their requests far in advance to provide time for their review by a Special Review Committee and if approved for scheduling." Also that Info-Buddhism is about Tibetan Buddhism and not really Buddhism in general is a bit misleading. CensoredScribe (talk) 18:30, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia cites Info-Buddhism as well on the page for the 15th Dalai Lama, and according to the telegraph the Dalai Lama did say at the start of a 10-day visit to Italy, (07 Dec 2007), "If a woman reveals herself as more useful the lama could very well be reincarnated in this form", which can be added. Someone should point this out at wikipedia, I don't want to add another sockpuppet to the complete list I've provided on my user page. My apologies. CensoredScribe (talk) 03:20, 9 February 2017 (UTC)