The Dalai Lama on Living in the Material World

alex atkins bookshelf quotations“Nowadays the world is becoming increasingly materialistic, and mankind is reaching toward the very zenith of external progress, driven by an insatiable desire for power and vast possessions. Yet by this vain striving for perfection in a world where everything is relative, they wander even further away from inward peace and happiness of the mind.”

From My Tibet (1995) by the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan people. During his spiritual and political career, the Dalai Lama has earned numerous honorary doctorates and awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. In a global poll conducted by Harris Interactive in 2013, the Dalai Lama was considered the most popular world leader (he tied with former U.S. President Barack Obama).


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