His Holiness the Dalai Lama joins in prayers in sympathy for those who have died and others who have been injured in recent protests in Tibet at the Main Tibetan temple in Dharamsala, India, on October 19, 2011.
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The Chinese foreign ministry has accused the Dalai Lama of “terrorism in disguise” for praying and “supporting” Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in protests against Beijing’s rule.
The remarks came as the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader fasted and led prayers to honour the nine clerics or former clerics who have self-immolated in south-western China over seven months. On Monday, a nun became the first woman to set fire to herself, dying as a result. More on The Guardian – Dalai Lama’s prayers for Tibetans ‘terrorism in disguise’, China says
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Other Quotes, by his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama:
Let us cultivate love and compassion, both of which give life true meaning. This is the religion I preach. It is simple. Its temple is the heart. Its teaching is love and compassion. Its moral values are loving and respecting others, whoever they may be. Whether one is a lay person or a monastic, we have no other option if we wish to survive in this world.
Under certain circumstances, you may need to take steps to counteract someone else’s wrongdoing, but it’s better to do so without anger. That will be more effective, because when your mind is overwhelmed by a disturbing emotion like anger, the action you take may not be appropriate.
It is time to develop a big ‘US’, rather than the old ‘us and them’ that lets us to exploit and bully others on a personal level, and on an international level to wage war. The East must see the West as part of ‘US’ and the North must come to feel that the South is part of ‘US’. We should include the entire world in our concern, wishing all humanity well. If we can do that there will be no room for hatred, thinking of others as enemies. And we will achieve this through education, not through prayer.
Love, kindness, compassion and tolerance are qualities common to all the great religions, and whether or not we follow any particular religious tradition, the benefits of love and kindness are obvious to anyone.
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