Happy birthday Dalai Lama

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THE Dalai Lama today celebrates 79 years (in this lifetime, anyway).

The Dalai Lama was born Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935 to a farming family in northeastern Tibet. Buddhist leaders identified him as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama when he was just two years old. At age six, he began monastic education and at 15 assumed political power in Tibet following China’s invasion.

He has lived in exile from Tibet since 1959 but uses his position as the Tibetan leader to travel around the world promoting a message of peace.

Here’s what the Dalai Lama says about the gift of life:

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

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11 thoughts on “Happy birthday Dalai Lama

  1. Buddhism: “Consider others as yourself.”
    “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.”
    Christianity: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
    Buddhism:”If you do not tend to one another then who is there to tend to you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick.”
    Christianity:”Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”
    Buddhism:”Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world.”
    Christianity: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
    Buddhism:”Hard it is to understand: By giving away our food, we get more strength; by bestowing clothing on others, we gain more beauty; by founding abodes of purity and truth, we acquire great treasures. The charitable man has found the path of liberation. He is like the man who plants a sapling securing thereby the shade, the flowers and the fruit in future years. Even so is the result of charity, even so is the joy of him who helps those that are in need of assistance; even so is the great nirvana.”
    Christianity:”Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. . . . You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
    Buddhism:”The charitable man has found the path of liberation.”
    Christianity:”In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
    Buddhism:”The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbour’s faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides, as a cheat hides the bad die from the gambler.”
    Christianity:”Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
    Buddhism:”Hatred does not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth. . . . Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good, overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth.”
    Christianity:”Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
    “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
    Buddhism:”The world gives according to their faith or according to their pleasure: if a man frets about the food and the drink given to others, he will find no rest either by day or by night.”
    Christianity:”Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
    Buddhism:Lose self to gain nirvana and escape from suffering.
    Christianity:Lose self to gain Christ and entrance into heaven, where there will be no suffering.

    A BBC documentary. Is there a connection between Christianity and Buddhism? Walking on water, feeding a multitude, loving your enemies, the meek shall inherit the Earth – in Buddhism, but not in the O.T.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/jesus-was-a-buddhist-monk-bbc-documentary.html

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    • Strewth,

      Love your enemies:

      Old Testament Says-

      Exo 23:4,5 If thou meet thine enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.
      Pro 25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
      Pro 24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

      Elisha and the Syrians
      II Kings 6:8-23. This is the story where the King of Syria is fighting with the King of Israel and Elisha the prophet tells the latter where the former is going to be with his army over and over. The King of Syria thinks one of his people is betraying his battle plans to the Israelites, but he finds out that Elisha is telling the King of Israel.
      So, the Syrian king does the obvious thing to do from his perspective; he finds Elisha, surrounds his town with a great army and plans to capture him and who knows what else. But he is no match for the prophet. Elisha causes the soldiers to be temporarily smitten with blindness. Then he leads them to the king of Israel. The king is so flabbergasted he doesn’t know what to do and asks Elisha if he should kill this enemy army. Elisha says absolutely not but give them something to eat and drink and send them home to their king. And their sight is restored in the process.
      What is the result of this loving gesture to the enemy? “The bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.” So the result of loving the enemy was peace.

      All these Scriptures predate Buddha and the New Testament.

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      • Yes, Davinci, the OT had much good in its law, too. The various sabbaths were a boon to the poor.

        There is every possibility that Prince Siddhartha would have been in contact with Judaism. The Silk Road or the Spice Road (I forget) went right through his territory.

        There is a group of Afghanis who claim Jewish ancestry from as far back as the time of Saul, and will not intermarry with the locals.
        When groups such as the Cochin Jews and Bene Israel are known to have existed in India around the time that Thomas established his missionary work in India,. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Thomas_Christians

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  3. Feeding the Multitudes not in the Old Testament?

    1) We have Israel being fed by God in the wilderness for 40 years with manna. It is estimated that around 2 million Israelites left Egypt with Moses, plus a mixed multitude. So you have more people fed by God, than Jesus did in the New Testament.
    2) We have God feeding Elijah (when he was in hiding) with meat and bread brought by ravens, not for a day but for months on end.
    3) We have God feeding the widow (who shelters) Elijah, by giving her enough oil and meal to eat for months on end.
    4) Elisha feeds a hundred people with 20 barley loaves (see 2 Kings 4:42-44).
    5) Elisha makes poisonous food, edible and feeds people (See 2 Kings 4:38-41)

    Feeding the Multitudes NOT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?

    I’d say there was more of it going on than in the New Testament. And I haven’t scratched the surface by mentioning the promises of God to feed His people when things really get tough.

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    • Glad you found that bit about feeding the multitudes, Davinci. As I said there is a strong possibility that the Buddha was aware of Judaism and its teachings.

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      • And the meek inheriting the Earth. These sort of things are what Jesus placed a lot of emphasis on.

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      • Ah, so the Old Testament is perhaps not so barbaric after all, when taken in context?

        I’m glad that you see the possibility of Judaism influencing Buddhism.
        A pity though that Buddhism never recognised that we are fallen beings in need of a Saviour to change our hearts so that we choose not to sin. Whilst Buddhism teaches that we can save ourselves by our bootstraps, both the Old Testament and the New spoke of a covenant whereby God puts in us the desire to overcome sin and sinful tendencies, by programming our beings to do so (see Ezek. 36:26) Himself.

        All the noble words that the Dalai Lama and the whole Buddhist community use, are just that. Words. Until people recognise that they need a power outside themselves to change them to do those noble things common to Buddhists and Christians, the Dalai Lama’s words are just an illusion.

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  4. The Meek inheriting the Earth not in the Old Testament?

    Psalm 37:10,11

    “10Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there. 11But the meek will inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.”

    The majority of the verses in this Psalm are written in the context of both this life as well as the afterlife (after Jesus comes again). So the idea of meek inheriting the earth is older than Buddha by at least 500 years.

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