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His Holiness and the Art and Science of Interfaith Cooperation 19 July , 2011

What’s the Dalai Lama’s secret? He’s got over two million Twitter followers, people buy his books in droves, his speeches sell out stadiums. In a highly cynical age, he’s held the public’s attention for over two decades with some pretty elementary ideas: the essence of human nature is to be happy, human beings are happiest when they help others attain happiness, all major religions nurture the most basic ingredient of happiness, namely compassion, but you don’t have to be religious to be compassionate, you just have to live up to the basic goodness of your human nature.

Like Socrates saying “I know that I know nothing”, it’s not just the simplicity of the message that attracts people, it’s the remarkable journey of the man who is articulating it. The story of his escape from Tibet into India, his successful establishment of a government in exile, his continual advocacy for peaceful negotiations with his Chinese occupiers even while the culture and lives of his people are crushed day after day — these things are well known, and more than enough to command admiration and attention


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Dalai Lama’s ‘Happiness Summit’ Offers Interfaith Views of ‘Wellbeing’ 20 October , 2010

Filed under: Interfaith Issues,News — Administrator @ 5:35 pm
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Is everybody happy today? And what would that mean? Does God want you to be happy now? How?

Emory University’s Center for the study of Law and Religion brought on the biggest international pro on happiness,, the Dalai Lama, on October 17  to chat in a round table with major voices of world religions: the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; British chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr of George Washington University.

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