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Words of Wisdom from Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche


If we say world is falling apart, there is nothing good happening, oh look at all these bad news, then we also somehow give up the hope to be a better human being. At least I will do something to improve the world better, spending all my time helping wherever I can. 

Many people, if you are in the third world country, have idea that if you are very well educated, if you are wealthy, if you have all these options and choices, you are supposed to be very happy. You could be the king of the whole world and still you will not be happy. People are more wealthier than ever before, people have more choice than ever before; the more wealthier you are the more we call psychiatrist you need! Mentally you are going down.

It’s not the wealth and possession what makes you happy. It’s how you feel about yourself. I think the new world actually has very skillfully exploded people’s greediness. So it’s never ending wanting to achieve something, yet not being able to enjoy and appreciate what you already have achieved. So my message to the world is: don’t burden your problem for others. And if you manage to look after your needs properly, then take care of your mind first. To appreciate what you have and have to send message, saying you don’t have to own whole world or have everything to be happy.

I want to show you as a Buddhist example, not as a Buddhist going round telling what they should be doing, saying simple acceptance that human beings will choose whatever faith they think that suits them. So why not let individual human beings choose what religion they want to follow and rejoice that our mother, father sentient beings have found their path?

You have to share Buddhist wisdom and tolerance and loving and compassion. If I’m teaching other people to forgive and have loving and compassion, when it come to me, if I can’t practice this, then it will be no good for us to teach Buddhism. I’m forgiving the Chinese, I don’t blame them. I don’t create any reason why I should be upset or angry with our conquerors, we have actually in a way now more Tibetan Buddhist followers than when we were in Tibet. And also we have more temples built now than ever before.

So, seemingly, when things go wrong, if you are able to remain positive and able to engage and forgive, great success comes.

Filmed at Kagyu Samye Ling monastery in Scotland during the Christmas retreat  in 2006 lead by the abbot Lama Yeshe Rinpoche. Forty years old Samye Ling monastery is the first Tibetan Monastery in the west. Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's simple wisdom helps us to be happier and better human beings whatever our beliefs. Enlightened stuff? 2007