The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the US Congressional Gold Medal. Unique in the world today, he is a statesman, national leader, spiritual teacher, and deeply learned theologian. He advocates a universal “religion of human kindness” that transcends sectarian differences. The Dalai Lama is universally respected as a spokesman for the peaceful and compassionate resolution of conflict. He has also been actively involved in bringing together Western scientists and Buddhist meditators, and is a founder of the Mind & Life Institute where such meetings of the minds can take place.


Recent Articles

Read “Indian Epistemology,” an excerpt from Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics

An excerpt from "Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics, Vol. 4: Philosophical Topics" — reviewed in the Summer 2023 issue of Buddhadharma.

Only Genuine Compassion Will Do

It's not enough to simply to believe compassion is important. We must transform our thoughts and behaviour on a daily basis to cultivate compassion.

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Living the Compassionate Life

The Dalai Lama explains how the Buddhist teachings of mindfulness and compassion lead inevitably to feelings of self-confidence and kindness.

The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu — The Best of Spiritual Friends

From The Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu's book, "The Book of Joy," an inside look at the spiritual leaders' dear friendship.

Sólo la compasión genuina puede lograrlo

No es suficiente, dice el Dalai Lama, simplemente pensar que la compasión es importante. Tenemos que transformar nuestros pensamientos y comportamiento a diario para cultivar compasión sin apego.

We Need a Revolution of Compassion

In this powerful statement on the climate crisis, the Dalai Lama calls on us to make this a century of compassion for the planet and all its inhabitants.

Don’t Let Hatred Destroy Your Practice

His Holiness the Dalai Lama takes an in-depth look at how we can work with anger and hatred in our practice.

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Emptiness and Existence

His Holiness the Dalai Lama takes us step by step through the famed logic of Madhyamika, the Middle Way that defeats all extreme views of reality.

The Science of the Mind and the Science of the Brain

While scientific methods are useful, says the Dalai Lama, mind should also be studied through rigorous observation of our own subjective experience.

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Good Heart

A good heart is the source of all happiness, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and we can all be good-hearted with some effort. But better still, he says, is to have bodhichitta—a good heart imbued with wisdom.

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New Ethic for a Small Planet

If this century is to be one of peace and caring, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we must develop a new ethic of human values that transcends religion.

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Developing the Mind of Great Capacity

A teaching on practices to generate bodhichitta by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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A Day in the Life of the Dalai Lama

The daily routine of one of the world's most beloved religious leaders, as told by the Dalai Lama to Pico Iyer.

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Basically Good

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on good heart, awakened mind, the causes of happiness and other basic principles of Buddhism. I believe that all human beings are of the same nature. At the mental and emotional levels we are the same. We all have the potential to become happy and nice people and we also…

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Discover Your Innermost Awareness

In his teaching on the essence of Dzogchen, the Dalai Lama describes the shock that naturally accompanies innermost awareness, the basis of all reality.

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The Heart of the Buddha

Forget all the fancy meditation practices, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the real heart of Buddhism is complete commitment to others.

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Seeing Ourselves Clearly

“The suffering and happiness each of us experiences is a reflection of the distortion or clarity with which we view ourselves and the world.”

The Challenge of Other Religions

How do we reconcile religious pluralism, necessary in today’s world, with deep commitment to our own faith? The Dalai Lama offers a solution.

Beyond No-Self

While insight into the truth of no-self, is an important step, says the Dalai Lama, it doesn’t go far enough.