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The Dalai Lama

The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of his teachings available on the web.

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the US Congressional Gold Medal. Unique in the world today, he is a statesman, national leader, spiritual teacher, and deeply learned theologian. He advocates a universal "religion of human kindness" that transcends sectarian differences.

The Dalai Lama is universally respected as a spokesman for the peaceful and compassionate resolution of conflict. He has also been actively involved in bringing together Western scientists and Buddhist meditators, and is a founder of the Mind & Life Institute where such meetings of the minds can take place. Shambhala Sun is proud to share this selection of work by and about this unique teacher and world leader. 

The Dalai Lama in the Shambhala Sun

New Ethic for a Small Planet

If the twenty-first century is to be one of peace and caring, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama in this heartfelt personal plea, we must develop a new ethic of human values that transcends religion.

Making Peace in America's Cities

The Dalai Lama inspires a new generation of urban activists who know that inner and outer peace are one. Barry Boyce on two cities where they’re making a difference.

Heart of the Dalai Lama

For thirty-five years Pico Iyer has been a friend, observer, and student of the Dalai Lama. In this exclusive and heartfelt essay, he reveals the simple human secret that makes His Holiness the most beloved spiritual figure in the world.

Taking the Dalai Lama Seriously

An editorial by Melvin McLeod.

Radar of Compassion

Pico Iyer on the Dalai Lama’s unerring ability to home in on those who most need his love.

The Many Faces of the Dalai Lama

The world's most famous "simple monk" is far more than simple and not just a monk. Barry Boyce is there as the Dalai Lama displays the many faces that make him such a unique and important figure.

Feeding the Spiritually Hungry

For all their material success, says Pico Iyer, many Japanese feel alienated and spiritually starved. The responded hungrily to the Dalai Lama's teachings on his recent tour of Japan.

Two Sciences of Mind

In Francisco Varela, the Dalai Lama found a kindred spirit. Together — along with some of the greatest names in neuroscience and modern Buddhism — they laid the groundwork for a scientific revolution. Barry Boyce tells the story in this Shambhala Sun feature.

Educating the Heart

Teaching young people about compassion is one of the most important things we can do for them, says the Dalai Lama, and for the future of humanity. Melvin McLeod reports from Vancouver, where His Holiness talked to students and education experts about schooling for the heart as well as for the mind.

Living the Compassionate Life

This teaching by the Dalai Lama, adapted from The Compassionate Life, published in 2001, explains how the Buddhist teachings of mindfulness and compassion lead inevitably to feelings of self-confidence and kindness. As human beings we all have the potential to be happy and compassionate people, and we also have the potential to be miserable and harmful to others.

Developing the Mind of Great Capacity

A teaching on practices to generate bodhichitta by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Heart of the Buddha

Forget all the fancy meditation practices, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the real heart of Buddhism is complete commitment to others. In this commentary on The Way of the Bodhisattva, he describes the awakened heart of the Buddha, which is his vow to attain enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings.

The Meaning of the Dalai Lama for Today

Robert Thurman on the meaning of the Dalai Lama to the modern world.

Basically Good: A Teaching by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I believe that all human beings are of the same nature. At the mental and emotional levels we are the same. We all have the potential to become happy and nice people and we also have the potential to become very bad and harmful people. The same potential for these things is present within all of us; the important thing is to try to promote the positive and useful sides and try to reduce the negative sides.

More related articles:

He Had Me at Hello, by Perry Garfinkel
Emptiness and Existence, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Over Tea with the Dalai Lama, by Pico Iyer
Richard Gere: My Life as a Buddhist, by Melvin McLeod
The Realpolitik of Spirituality, by Robert Thurman


The Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
The Government of Tibet in Exile
The Dalai Lama Foundation
Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

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In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times

Edited by the Shambhala Sun's Barry Boyce and being released to coincide with the Urban Retreat, this new book features the greatest contemporary Buddhist teachers and writers—people renowned for addressing precisely the problems we’re facing today—including the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam Trungpa, Sylvia Boorstein, Jack Kornfield, Norman Fischer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and many others.

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