The Buddha became concerned about suffering when he saw a sick person, an old person, and a corpse all for the first time. His sympathy for the misfortunate motivated him to leave his life as a prince and find understanding on suffering. A hero must help and inspire others with their self-sacrifice and integrity. The Buddha is a revered hero today, not because he is the founder of a major religion, but because he lived a life of self-sacrifice to help others and acted with integrity toward everyone, not just wealthy and powerful
The bhikkhu is one person who sets the right path for people to follow. The bhikkhu shows the people what virtues are positive and wholesome. The bhikkhu gives and receives from society and strives to cultivate the kind of mental state as prescribe by the Buddha.
The Dalai Lama is a revolutionary because of the peace and love he spreads along his journey towards a Tibet free from china’s communist grasp. The Dalai Lama, often referred to as His Holiness, is the Head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet. The Dalai Lama fights a fierce battle with china, (Without weapons and without hate). He fights his battles with words giving speeches around the world while sharing messages of harmony and compassion. He does not believe violence would help anything.
The Dalai Lama is popular around the world. However, he comes from a very different and unique culture. The concept Dalai Lama is connected to history and religion. To discuss the Dalai Lama’s reputation, you should rely on religion as much as you do on history. Who is Dalai Lama?
Therefore in my opinion, one person may be viewed differently to different people according to their culture or political and religion beliefs (Waterhouse, 2008). The Dalai Lama considers himself as an ordinary Buddhist monk, but because Buddhism is the official religion of the people of Tibet they believe that he is a 14th reincarnation of the original Dalai Lama, a powerful figure, who has the highest religious status, blessing and respect. They consider him as an enlightened being that helps other suffering beings, an ocean of wisdom, guidance, a compassionate man and a living Buddha based on tradition, belief and a heredity system. And because religion and politics are connected according to their belief and tradition, the Dalai Lama to them is not only a spiritual leader but he is the head of the Tibetan state, a political leader and a ‘god-king’ as well (Waterhouse, 2008). The Dalai Lama ‘Tenzin Gyatso’ was born in 1935 in Taktser, China.
These original texts often illustrate firm compliance to the path of a bodhisattva, and engagement in the abstinent ideal of a monastic life in the. Similar to other branches of Buddhism, The Mahayana believes that suffering is produced by grasping on to things and experiences that are temporary or transitory. The ultimate salvation is nirvana. Some schools believe that enlightened beings are reborn in pure lands, immeasurable paradises where they exist with Buddhas and bodhisattvas. The bodhisattva is possibly the most important defining characteristic of the Mahayana.
This may seem a bit cynical and may suggest to many individuals that Buddhism is a dismal, fatalistic religion yet it just implies we must accept the good with the bad. Buddha’s first noble truth is a statement that can obviously not be denied. In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, the author provides insight into the truth of suffering. “To succeed in the practice, we must stop trying to prove that everything i... ... middle of paper ... ...aintain ourselves clearly on all planes of existence. 8.
It is translated into an understanding that everything in life is conditioned, temporary and independent from other functions of living. Anything is justified as beautiful because it is dukkha, meaning at some point it will come to an end. This has taught Buddhist followers to appreciate the qualities of life by cherishing and not taking anything for granted. It is often misinterpreted as a negative form of appreciation, seeming as though there is no acknowledgment for an end. However it is supported by further philosophies to appreciate what life has to offer by “living each day as if it were the last” (unknown).
Long ago, an Indian prince known as Siddhartha Gautama offered simple teachings that were used to free oneself from suffering by relating to the everyday experiences of life and mind. Buddhism is a living tradition that is passed from a teacher to a student as a set of instructions and techniques for creating sanity and brilliance in the world and in ourselves. Bodhisattvas are people who devote their life to helping others reach the goal of Buddhism. They contribute greatly to the evolution of the religion and without them; it would be more difficult to achieve Nirvana. No matter how old this religion is, it is as relevant and useful to peoples today as well as the past.
Part of the answer lies within the ability and personality of their leader, the Dalai Lama, and his firm belief in Buddhism. His uncompromising attitude towards violence and his unquestioned moral authority among the Tibetan people have prevented people in Tibet and in exile from taking up arms. The other part lies within the knowledge of the Tibetan people, who know that any attempt to fight for independence would be considered an act of insanity, and certainly suicide. Still everyday the Tibetans continue their fight for independence using non-violent means. Recently however, a new idea has emerged amongst younger Tibetans.