The Dalai Lama Redefines Religion with just 29 Words.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Nov 14, 2011
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It is hard to imagine a more powerful use of 29 words.

However, the Dalai Lama also owns the record for the most effective use of 66 words. Click here to read.



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Bonus: Dalai Lama tells his Facebook friends that religion “is no longer adequate.”

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17 Responses to “The Dalai Lama Redefines Religion with just 29 Words.”

  1. yoga-adan says:

    brain "and" heart, and with kindness, yes 😉

  2. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Just posted to "Popular Lately" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  3. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Thank you for sharing, dear Ben.

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

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  4. guest says:

    sounds good. we just have to remember that our brain cheats. Don't believe everything you think makes sense.

  5. Joe Mohr says:

    Great share.
    To put it in haiku form:
    No need for temples.
    Our hearts and brains are temples.
    Simply share kindness.

  6. RoguePriest says:

    I like the sentiment, but he is a leader of a religion with thousands of temples and centuries of complicated philosophy. Somehow it seems a little disingenuous.

    • Lori says:

      I have to agree with you somewhat, in that I understand how certain "structures" support "dynamic activity". It cannot all be "dynamic activity" because then you end up with chaos. Furthermore, "structures" come in different forms, both physical and administrative or disciplinary. Without some structure there can be no support for growth. At the same time, too much structure can also become a growth inhibitor. There has to be a proper balance and that is not always easy to maintain.

  7. karlsaliter says:

    Well, see, he is a genuine leader. We are not used to those.

  8. Lori says:

    The only problem with relying only on your own "heart" and "brain" – especially the brain – is that there is, ultimately, no real Accountability. That is where the Spiritual Master and the community of practitioners come into play and serve a critical purpose if they are functioning effectively. The ego will persist in "self-guruing" if there is no profound surrender to the Spiritual Master and Spiritual Community and some acceptance of outside authority to hold one accountable for all of the "games" one tends to play to avoid relationship, to avoid real self-surrender and self-transcendence.

    • Ozz says:

      You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can‘t solve your own doubts. Investigate yourself to find the truth – inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important.
      – Ajahn Chah

      Worth thinking (deeply) about IMO.

  9. Ozz says:

    I agree with the DL – the problem is, this is preaching to the choir.

    Question is – how does one get this message across to those who need most to hear it? A story I first heard from Jack Kornfield recalled a young woman who had become a Buddhist, which caused some conflict with her family. She reflected that while her family didn't like that she was a Buddhist – they loved it when she was a Buddha.

    In other words, ya gotta walk the talk.

    For example, how kind are we when interacting with, say, members of the Religious Right? Or for that matter with people who simply disagree with us or rub us the wrong way?

    Hopefully, quotes like this one come to mind when we find ourselves in those places where kindness is simultaneously hardest to practice and most necessary.

  10. Kashif says:

    Love is religion,

    this universe is book.


  11. Anarchy Widikal Zoo - Nic says:

    Doesn’t matter if your a pawn or a king, if you win or lose, pitch black to glass white , cardboard to marble, it doesn’t matter how you decide to play your own game of life , we get no 1 ups or insert quarters to continue because we all smiled, played our best and closed our eyes and will end up in the same familiar box or held closest to by the people we played to live and love with the most. Stay humble because your after life is yours to fulfil after this life so live in the now and don’t look back you aren’t going in that direction anyways . There’s No regrets or bad choices when they’ve only made you a stronger richer person on the inside to reach full self accualization and your eternal peak of happiness .- so mote it be Buddha love!

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