As spiritual leader Dalai Lama XIV, Tenzin Gyatso turns 85 today, take a look at some of these teachings by the Buddhist Monk.

The followers of the great Buddhist monk Dalai Lama have organised virtual global celebrations by dedicating him the ‘Year of Gratitude’ where his teachings and lifework will be encouraged and celebrated.

At the age of two, the child named Lhamo Dhondup was recognised as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are realised beings inspired by a wish to attain Buddhahood and serve the greater good.


In 1950, after China’s incursion over Tibet, the Dalai Lama fled to Dharamshala, India to seek refuge as he has lived in exile ever since. The 14th Dalai Lama has been the spiritual leader of Tibet for more than 75 years.

Devoting life towards the humanitarian, environmental and peace causes, he has been honoured with many laurels including Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Imbibe these teachings of Dalai Lama in your daily lives:

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
“We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.”
 “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.” 
“People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”

Listen to Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday message:

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