We are all human beings…

by Lynda Lorraine

We are all human beings...

Dalai Lama

“We are all human beings…

I think that this is the first time I am meeting most of you. But to me, whether it is an old friend or new friend, there’s not much difference anyway, because I always believe we are the same; we are all human beings. Of course there may be differences in cultural background or way of life, there may be differences in our faith, or we may be of a different colour, but we remain human beings, consisting of the human body and the human mind. Our physical structure is the same, and our mind, and our emotional nature are also the same. Wherever I meet people, I always have the feeling that I am encountering another human being, just like myself. I find it is much easier to communicate with others on that level. If we emphasize specific characteristics, like I am Tibetan or I am Buddhist, then there are differences. But those things are secondary. If we can leave the differences aside, I think we can easily communicate, exchange ideas, and share experiences.”

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama beginning a talk at Arizona State University.

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
Great Britain
Hodder Paperbacks

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