Dalai Lama And Buddhism

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The Dalai Lama, Temple Puja and Buddhist teachings involved in bioethics can all have an impact and influence the lives and decisions of people of the Buddhist community make. The Dalai Lama is a significant person in the Buddhist tradition due to him making buddhism accessible to the Western World, Promoting buddhism through outreach to other religions, simplifying and clarifying the buddhist teachings and promoting world peace in line with the eightfold path. These have allowed him to impact on the lives of Buddhist adherents. Similarly, there are buddhist teachings such as the Eightfold path, the Five precepts and Panatipata which use the history and teachings of the Buddha himself to help guide the current Buddhist adherents. The buddhist …show more content…
This is seen through him; making buddhism accessible to the Western World, Promoting buddhism through outreach to other religions, simplifying and clarifying the buddhist teachings and promoting world peace in line with the eightfold path. To create accessibility of Buddhism to the western world the Dalai Lama translated the Dharma teaching of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, meet with major world and religious leaders and addressed many secular and nonsecular forums. By making Buddhism well known to the western world he made it possible for buddhism to reach the lives of many others around the world, who have been impacted in their own way. To promote buddhism throughout the outreach of other religions, the Dalai Lama created dialogue with major religions which allowed him to legitimise buddhism as a tradition leading to buddhism becoming one of the world’s five major religions. The Dalai Lama, when translating the book of the dead, allowed for clarification of Buddhist teachings to other communities, which allowed adherents of Buddhism and other religions understand the religion better. This was able to keep the idea of life inline with the Eightfold path as, “[Nirvana] can only be reached, not produced, by the Path”. The Dalai Lama also promoted world peace by modelling the path of nonviolence in Tibet, in accordance to the five precepts; and started the 5 point peace plan. Due to this he was able to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. As a result buddhist adherents are able to look up to the Dalai Lama for guidance in their lives, and can therefore base their decisions and judgments upon what the Dalai Lama has preached to his Buddhist

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