Can an ordinary person with family responsibilities achieve Nirvana or Buddhahood? What should be the spiritual limit of ambition for a busy professional? How do you stay positive when confronted with environmental and human injustice? Answering these and a host of other questions from his most recent annual Dharma Celebration, His Holiness delivers a message about the paths to “right living” and the need to overcome negative emotions in order to develop one’s inner consciousness. Wise, compassionate, and always pragmatic, he offers advice on the many issues that confront us every day: how to free ourselves from emotional afflictions and petty cravings, how to transform anxiety into contentment, and how to initiate and keep alive interfaith dialogue in the troubled times we live in.
Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the religious and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. He has received many international awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize and lives in Dharamsala, India. Renuka Singh is an associate professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and is the director of Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, New Delhi.