The Dalai Lama on Oneness

Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity. We are dependent on each other in so many ways that we can no longer live in isolated communities and ignore what is happening outside those communities.

Read the Dalai Lama’s belief that we each need to take personal responsibility for the world we live in, and why:

The universe we inhabit can be understood in terms of a living organism in which each cell works in balanced co-operation with every other cell to sustain the whole. If just one of these cells is harmed, as it is when disease strikes, that balance is harmed and there is danger to the whole.

This in turn suggests that our individual well-being is intimately connected both with that of all others and with the environment within which we live.

It also becomes apparent that our every action, our every deed, word and thought, no matter how slight or inconsequential it may seem, has an implication not only for ourselves but all others too.

Adapted from The Pocket Dalai Lama, edited by Mary Craig (Shambhala, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Mary Craig. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from The Pocket Dalai Lama, edited by Mary Craig (Shambhala, 2002).

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Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Will Rogers
Will Rogers3 years ago

What people forget is that until 1959, Tibet was a Slave society run by fundamentalist Buddhists. Every family had to give their temple one of their sons. A theocratic society with more than a hundred religious holidays a year, the people (of whom most were living in abject medieval like poverty conditions) were ruled by myth and superstition. The majority of the people were inherited debt slaves, still paying off their ancestors debts to the temples who owned most of the land. 
Slavery was outlawed in Tibet when? 1959. First public schools? 1960. First university? 1960. First hospital 1960. All after the Dalai Lama and the royal and religious elite had left. 
It is evident that I am not a royalist neither do I respect religious leaders, the pope included, so when I see a man revered as some kind of god-king I tend to be cynical, I try my best not to be brainwashed by ancient dogma and modern fads. So at the risk of being unfashionable...Am I only one that thinks the Dalai Lama is a little bit fishy?

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

Again, the most basic sense. We are separate beings, but connected to this organism of earth--much, I suppose, as a body total, but with separate parts that make up the whole. At least, this is the way I understand it.

Laura Sierra
Laura Sierra4 years ago

everything is connected..very few things exist in total isolation

Faith B.
Faith Billingham4 years ago

great article, thank you! :)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

I wouldn't be so convinced...

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago


Vicynthia Tjahjadi

Thank you.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks Annie.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago