I consider nonviolence to be compassion in action. It is not a mere absence of violence. It is something more positive, more meaningful than that.
The Dalai Lama
Compassion In Action
Topic: Love, Compassion, & Kindness
“I consider nonviolence to be compassion in action. It is not a mere absence of violence. It is something more positive, more meaningful than that. Some people seem to think that compassion is just a passive emotional response, rather than a rational stimulus to action. But to experience genuine compassion is to develop a feeling of closeness to others, as Mahatma Gandhi did, combined with a sense of responsibility for their welfare. His [Gandhi’s] great achievement was to show through his own example that nonviolence can be implemented effectively not only in the political arena but also in our day-to-day life.”
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.
Gyatso, Tenzin. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, speaking at International Charter for Compassion's Festival of Faiths, Louisville, Kentucky - May, 2013.
The Dalai Lama
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