The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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EVOLUTION, KARMA, AND REBIRTH 105Tibetan tradition. Yet the whole world knows him as a beingof direct simplicity and the most practical outlook. The DalaiLama has a keen interest in all aspects of contemporaryphysics, neurobiology, psychology, and politics, and his viewsand message of universal responsibility are embraced not onlyby Buddhists, but by people of all persuasions all over theworld. His dedication to nonviolence in the forty-year-long,agonizing struggle of the Tibetan people for their independencefrom the Chinese won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989; in aparticularly violent time, his example has inspired people intheir aspirations for freedom in countries in every part of theglobe. The Dalai Lama has become one of the leading spokesmenfor the preservation of the world's environment, tirelesslytrying to awaken his fellow human beings to the dangers of aselfish, materialistic philosophy. He is honored by intellectualsand leaders everywhere, and yet I have known hundreds ofquite ordinary people of all kinds and nations whose lives havebeen changed by the beauty, humor, and joy of his holy presence.The Dalai Lama is, I believe, nothing less than the face ofthe Buddha of Compassion turned toward an endangeredhumanity, the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara not only for Tibetand not only for Buddhists, but for the whole world—in need,as never before, of healing compassion and of his example oftotal dedication to peace.It may be surprising for the West to learn how very manyincarnations there have been in Tibet, and how the majorityhave been great masters, scholars, authors, mystics, and saintswho made an outstanding contribution both to the teaching ofBuddhism and to society. They played a central role in the historyof Tibet. I believe that this process of incarnation is notlimited to Tibet, but can occur in all countries and at all times.Throughout history there have been figures of artistic genius,spiritual strength, and humanitarian vision who have helpedthe human race to go forward. I think of Gandhi, Einstein,Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, of Shakespeare, of St. Francis,of Beethoven, of Michelangelo. When Tibetans hear of suchpeople, they immediately say they are bodhisattvas. And wheneverI hear of them, of their work and vision, I am moved bythe majesty of the vast evolutionary process of the buddhas andmasters that emanate to liberate beings and better the world.

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