many problems we
face today, some are natural calamities
and must be accepted and faced with equanimity. Others, however, are of our own
making, created by misunderstanding, and can be
corrected. One such type arises
from the conflict of ideologies, political or religious, when people fight each
other for petty ends, losing sight of the basic humanity that
binds us all together as a single human family.
We must remember that the different religions, ideologies, and political
systems of the world are meant for human beings to achieve happiness.
We must not lose sight of this fundamental goal and at no time should
we place means above ends; the supremacy of humanity over matter and
ideology must always be maintained.
the greatest single danger facing humankind – in fact,
all living beings on our planet – is the threat of nuclear destruction. I need
not elaborate on this danger, but I would like to appeal to all the leaders of
the nuclear powers who literally hold the future of
the world in their hands, to the scientists and technicians who continue to
create these awesome weapons of destruction, and to all the people at large who
are in a position to influence their leaders:
I appeal to them to exercise their
sanity and begin to work at dismantling and destroying all nuclear weapons. We
know that in the event of a nuclear war there will be no victors because there
will be no survivors! Is it not frightening just to contemplate such inhuman
and heartless destruction? And, is it not logical that we should remove the
cause for our own destruction when we know the cause and have both the time and
the means to do so? Often we cannot overcome our problems because we either do
not know the cause or, if we understand it, do not have the means to remove it.
This is not the case with the nuclear threat. ~ Dalai Lama
At the turn
of this century, the Dalai Lama issued the following eighteen rules for living.
Take into account that great love and
great achievements involve great risk.
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson
Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3.
Responsibility for all your actions.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of
Learn the rules so you know how to break
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.