Our Connection With His Holiness The Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is universally admired and respected as a global leader for peace, compassion, non-violence and personal happiness.  He is the world’s most high profile Buddhist, known for his infectious laughter and sharp sense of humour.  Although receiving international recognition including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, he calls himself “a simple monk” and dedicates his life to spreading the unique message of universal responsibility, the environment,  the suffering of his people in Chinese occupied Tibet and the profoundness  of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama is also well known for being a champion of religious tolerance, and has said “my religion is simple – my religion is kindness”.   He looks for the “good heart” in all.

As a world Teacher, His Holiness is a regular visitor to Australia and teaches us to see our lives in a wider context to increase our wisdom and compassion.  He speaks about the “oneness of humanity”, reminding us that we each have the power to change our own life for the better, as well as improving the lives of others.

His unique teaching style is exemplified when he is able to reach out to a packed audience of Buddhists and non-Buddhists and make a positive impact on all those present.

The Dalai Lama has written or co-written several world selling books including : The Art of Happiness, Ethics for the New Millennium, Happiness in a Material World, The Transformed Mind, Lighting the Path, The Good Heart, The Spirit of Peace and Widening the Circle of Compassion.

Following an inspirational personal interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the early 1980’s, our Teacher, Therese Bottomley, began on a path which has led her to create the Beaumaris Buddhist Centre, seeking to apply Tibetan Buddhism to the contemporary needs of western life.

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