The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of the dominant Dge-lugs-pa (Yellow Hat) order of Tibetan Buddhists. He was born Lhamo Thondup in 1935 in Taktser, China. He assumed political power of Tibet at age 15, but fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. He travels the world to promote peace, compassion, and Tibetan autonomy. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
The Dalai Lama’s teachings are universal and he sees humanity as one. He teaches that it’s much better to stay neutral towards things (or emotions for that matter). Valuable or invaluable, negative or positive – remain observant but don’t attach yourself to them. He advises everybody to spend a little time alone each day. Time to reflect and chase away the negative thoughts such as anger, resentment, jealousy, and tiredness. Try to replace those with positive emotions such as optimism, gratitude, love, and peace.
His Holiness gives teachings throughout the year at various times and in different places. In India, teachings and public talks are usually free and open to the public.