The Dalai Lama is the temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people; he received the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Human Rights Award and the Nobel Peace Prize. He is a man who embodies actions of peace. The Dalai Lama is a Buddhist and a guru; he is thought to be the reincarnation of a series of many spiritual leaders, chosen specifically to enlighten the lives of other humans. I am very inspired by his personality, role in society and actions. “How can we expect to find happiness and meaning in our lives when the modern world seems such an unhappy place?” says the Dalai Lama, in the book ‘the art of happiness in a troubled world’, by Howard C. Cutler. I agree with this statement: how can we embody actions of peace and be peaceful when our surroundings suffer from war all the time? People tend to analyze the negative things in their lives instead of focusing on the positive ones. I have chosen to write my essay about the Dalai Lama, of whom I am greatly inspired by; my reflections and opinions are based on his sayings and teachings.
War: when a human who has no self-control over his behavior does not get what he wishes for or seeks, and reacts with violence. This could be in a one-on-one argument, or one country against another. When humans do not understand each other or have no respect towards one another, it causes problems. The Dalai Lama says ‘the best way to overcome difficulties is to rely on human understanding and respect’. People need to learn how to respect each other. One of the main teachings of Buddhism is to reach inner peace. If everyone reached inner peace, it would be a world with no one needing to hurt each other, and without jealousy, which is a cause of war. War is caused by conflict, which is generally triggered by a simple misunderstanding, and all we need is respect and a determination for peace to overcome this state of anger.
Many people look at life simply, seeing...
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