His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, is the leader of Tibetan Buddhism and a spiritual leader revered worldwide. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. This is a summary of his presentation at Happiness & Its Causes 2015

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama enters the stage and bows to the audience. Everyone is standing, humbled by the sight of this incredible, compassionate leader. He smiles and casually indicates everyone to sit down, as if they are making too much of a fuss.

Richard Fidler tells the audience a little about the Dalai Lama’s personal experiences. At age 16 he lost his freedom, and at 24 he became a refugee. His first question for the Dalai Lama concerns his response to these experiences.

“If you think about only the problem, more frustration,” His Holiness says. “On this planet, sad events happen every day, everywhere.” Despite this, the Dalai Lama has faith in humanity.

“Basic human nature is compassionate. That’s the source of my happiness”

The Dalai Lama says that we must have realistic expectations in order to have a realistic life. “We must know reality fully. We must use this human intelligence. Just analyze the situation, the reality. Then your effort becomes realistic.”

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