Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Thousands — millions and billions — of animals are killed for food. That is very sad. We human beings can live without meat, especially in our modern world. We have a great variety of vegetables and other supplementary foods, so we have the capacity and the responsibility to save billions of lives. I have seen many individuals. and groups promoting animal rights and following a vegetarian diet. This is excellent. Certain killing is purely a "luxury." ... But perhaps the saddest is factory farming. The poor animals there really suffer. I once visited a poultry farm in Japan where they keep 200,000 hens for two years just for their eggs. During those two years, they are prisoners. Then after two years, when they are no longer productive, the hens are sold. That is really shocking, really sad. We must support those who are attempting to reduce that kind of unfair treatment. An Indian friend told me that his young daughter has been arguing with him that it is better to serve one cow to ten people than to serve chicken or other small animals, since more lives would be involved. In the Indian tradition, beef is always avoided, but I think there is some logic to her argument. Shrimp, for example, are very small. For one plate, many lives must be sacrificed. To me, this is not at all delicious. I find it really awful, and I think it is better to avoid these things. If your body needs meat, it may be better to eat bigger animals. Eventually you may be able to eliminate the need for meat. I think that our basic nature as human beings is to be vegetarian — making every effort not to harm other living beings. If we apply our intelligence, we can create a sound, nutritional program. It is very dangerous to ignore the suffering of any sentient being.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and freedom and wants to avoid suffering. In this we are all the same; and the more we care for the happiness of others the greater our own sense of each other becomes. Many of our problems are created by ourselves based on divisions due to ideology, religion, race, resources, economic status or other factors. The time has come to think on a deeper, more human level and appreciate and respect our sameness as human beings. And to have a respect for endangered cultures that share these principles. We are at the dawn of an age in which many people feel that extreme political concepts should cease to dominate human affairs. We should use this opportunity to replace them with universal human and spiritual values and ensure that these values become the fiber of the global family that is emerging. It is not possible to find peace with anger, hatred, jealousy or greed. At every level of society, familial, tribal, national and international, the key to a happier and more peaceful and successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not necessarily need to become religious, nor even believe in an ideology. We need only to develop our good human qualities and know that love and compassion are the most essential concepts for human survival. So long as human beings live and suffer, the only world open to our present knowledge, the brotherhood of man will seem an unattainable principle. In order for us to achieve real lasting peace among one another, the effort to realize that noblest and most satisfactory moral value must be occupation of every individual intelligence.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
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