Paradoxically, it is only when one has a deep experience rooted in one’s own faith tradition that one is able to appreciate the value of other religions.
The Dalai Lama
A Deep Experience
Topic: Interfaith Pathways
“When genuine practitioners from two different traditions meet, they are able to recognize the qualities present in each other as the very same qualities that they seek to cultivate in their own faith traditions, in the fashion of seeing one’s own face in a mirror. Paradoxically, it is only when one has a deep experience rooted in one’s own faith tradition that one is able to appreciate the value of other religions. For without some experience grounded in one’s own faith, one simply does not have a point of reference with which to relate to another’s deep religious realization.”
Tenzin Gyatso, born on July 6, 1935, is known globally as the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual and former political leader of the Tibetan people. Born as Lhamo Thondup in a farming family in Taktser, Amdo, Tibet, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, when he was just two years old. As the Dalai Lama, he holds the highest spiritual position within Tibetan Buddhism and is seen as a figure of great moral authority and influence. Following China's invasion of Tibet in 1950, he assumed full political power in 1950 but was forced into exile in India in 1959 after the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
The Dalai Lama is renowned for his messages of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, and compassion. He has authored numerous books and has lectured worldwide, becoming one of the most influential figures in the world of spirituality and philosophy. In recognition of his work for peace and non-violence, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Furthermore, his advocacy for the cultural and religious rights of the Tibetan people and his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the situation in Tibet through dialogue and understanding, rather than violence, have made him an internationally respected leader. Despite the political controversies and challenges, he remains committed to promoting human values and harmony among the world's religious traditions.
Toward a True Kinship of Faiths
Gyatso, Tenzin. Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together. Three Rivers Press, 2010. [Tenzin Gyatso, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama].
The Dalai Lama
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