A Simple Monk Who is Changing the World.
On July 6, 2017, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, turned 82. He claims to be only a "simple monk," but this simple monk has changed the world. Wherever he goes, crowds flock to hear the wisdom of Buddhism. He has won many honors including the Nobel Peace Prize. He continues to teach compassion for everyone, respect for Mother Earth, and peaceful solutions to problems. His laughter is infectious; his eyes twinkle, and he greets everyone with a smile. He has written 110 books, given thousands of lectures, traveled to over 70 countries in the world, and maintains his humility and dignity. Even the common man knows who he is.
He has had to spend the majority of his life away from his Tibetan homeland, having escaped over the Himalayas into India to establish the Tibetan government in exile in Northern India when he was in his 20's. In 2006 he stepped down from political leadership to concentrate on his spiritual life. He says that when he turns 90 years old he will call a conclave of spiritual leaders to discuss the continuance of the Dalai Lama tradition. Some people say he may be the last Dalai Lama.
Happy birthday to one of the world's great spiritual leaders who says, "My religion is kindness."