By Emily Harris
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, born on 6 July 1935, has become one of the most recognised and regarded humanitarians of our time. The Dalai Lama’s own personal struggles for freedom and peace has only strengthened his commitment to Buddhist religious and cultural traditions, as well as using his voice against communism.
One of the most inspiring things about the Dalai Lama, is that even if he is meeting you for the very first time, he will automatically accept you as a friend. His belief in life is that as human beings we all seek the same aims, of happiness and not wanting to suffer. For generations, this important message has been shared across the world.
A book that encompasses his peaceful message perfectly is How to Practise by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
30 years after he was forced to escape his homeland of Tibet, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of the Tibetan people.
As we celebrate His Holiness’ birthday, let us renew his long-standing message of the importance of spreading kindness everywhere we go, and that freedom must never be taken for granted.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them…” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
(Emily is a Parliamentary Assistant in the House of Commons and focuses the rest of her personal time on raising awareness of human rights violations taking place across China, Myanmar, and Afghanistan. She founded Tories for Tibet in 2021.)
All work on this issue is done in a personal capacity.