“When the red clad monk speaks, people listen. We smile and instantly understand his simple yet potent message, that kindness is the way. The Dalai Lama, exiled from his much loved Tibetan homeland nearly 60 years ago, never to be allowed to return, is the world’s most beloved sage. With his beaming smile, and wise words, he manages to touch the hearts of all he meets.
“Responding to the challenges of the world today, his latest book: An Appeal to the World: The Way to Peace in a Time of Division gives us a clear pathway to follow if we want to solve global issues today, and is something sorely needed at this time.
“The book is an extended interview with His Holiness, now 82 years old, who was voted in a global survey as being the nicest person on the planet. His Holiness has been working for peace his entire lifetime.”
“Intolerance leads to hatred and division. Even our children should grow up with the idea that dialogue, and not violence, is the best and most practical way to solve conflicts. The young generations have a great responsibility to ensure that the world becomes a more peaceful place for all. But this can only become reality if our educational systems educate not only the brain but also the heart. The educational systems of the future should place greater emphasis on strengthening human abilities, such as warm-heartedness, the sense of oneness of humanity and love.I see with ever greater clarity that our spiritual well-being depends not on religion, but on our innate human nature, our natural affinity for goodness, compassion, and caring for others. Regardless of whether or not we belong to a religion, we all have a fundamental and profoundly human wellspring of ethics within ourselves. We need to nurture that shared ethical basis. Ethics, as opposed to religion, are grounded in human nature. And that is how we can work on preserving creation. That is religion and ethics put into practice. Empathy is the basis of human coexistence. It is my belief that human development relies on cooperation and not competition. That is scientifically proven.” Dalai Lama
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