Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dalai Lama When Asked What Surprised Him Most About Humanity


The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man.... Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
(Source unknown)




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32 comments:

  1. I'll bet "woman" would surprise him even more. She contributes her health and her money happily to her children. She worries about them endlessly the result being that she lives both her life and theirs fully in the present. And when she dies, she's happy to have given so much, loved so fully and lived a fulfilled life.

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    1. Awesome :)

      Precisely :)

      Couldn't have said it better myself :)

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    2. I would like to believe that to be true for all but it seems like it's less and less these days!

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    3. I believe it is up to each one of us individually to make this true. When we put all of us as individuals together into the collective whole, then I believe it is true for humanity. I do understand what you are saying because sometimes it seems less and less likely these days.

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    4. yes women never stop worry till her children, even they are grow up and married with kids

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    5. He is refering to all in general men and women. The point is that he is right for I am experiencing that and feeling the same way.

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    6. Women are not all about their children! I for one will never have them, we are much more than just being able to procreate, so I think this statement is to generalised to be true.

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    7. To the reply on October 12. I think you are missing the point. HHDL is speaking about an unfulfilled life from his perspective. What you mention would, from my experience of his writings, count as a very fulfilled life.

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    8. Yes . Thats Mother !!!. , Not only in Humans , same is true with any living creature.

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  2. 'source unknown', alright! this doesn't sound like the dalai lama

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    1. Found the quote online attributed to:
      James J. Lachard Quotes
      “Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
      Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
      ― James J. Lachard
      ---tags: life, misattributed-to-dalai-lama-xiv
      --- Read more quotes from James J. Lachard

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    2. It bugs me when someone posts the comment as Anonymous and gives no credible proof. You may be correct, but I cannot see any way to verify this. A source of your statement and a way to contact you would have been beneficial. Regardless, I will post your comment in hopes that proof of what you stated or corroborated.

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  3. Totally agree with comment on "woman". Good thought.
    Man.

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  4. you are so stupid! when he says "man" he means mankind, not man literally!

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    1. Why the insult when making a great point?

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  5. The Dalai Lama was asked about Humanity AKA humans AKA man AKA mankind. He didn't mean man, literally. Open your simple mind!!

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  6. @acker - I can't even recall how I came across this but I really just put this up here because I loved the quote. I don't have anyway to prove one way or another if he said it. If someone comes forward and can prove ownership, than I'll make sure I quote them as a source. This thing is floating all around the internet now and that's fine because the thought it states is very good.

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  7. @Zafar Khan - I'm not really sure if it was meant to be specific as to man or woman. I have a feeling it is more general in nature as in "man" that encompasses both sexes, not just one or the other. Regardless, it is a good quote for people to think about.

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  8. @Anonymous I find it sad that you feel the need to attack someone on this blog. I almost didn't publish this but I thought it would be a good learning example. If this quote is by the Dalai Lama, he stood for peace. If you follow him or are inclined to follow him, then your statement is anything but that. If you want to comment on further posts on this blog, I would ask you to learn to be more respectful or refrain from posting here. Your response is not in the spirit of this blog. We can help others learn in a positive way or we can be a negative force within the world. It is our choice that we make when we post such comments.

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  9. @Anonymous - again, someone hiding behind an anonymous comment that feels attacking someone is the way to react/respond. This is not the spirit of this blog and I doubt it is the spirit of the Dalai Lama either. Let us hold our hearts open and our hands out to one another rather than just seeing how destructive our words can be. Maybe you did not mean it to come out this way but as I just wrote, if you cannot comment in a positive, helpful and respectful way, please refrain from commenting in the future.

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  10. I see Oprah just tweeted this was her last favorite quote to Heavy D. I do agree that the quote says a lot! It is some very powerful words.

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  11. The anonymous guy wasn't attacking, he was simply stating facts.

    I guess I'm not really a woman, because I don't have any !@#$ing kids, I don't want any, and I don't think the pinnacle of female existence is squirting out babies and cleaning the kitchen.

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  12. @Anonymous of Dec 8 - The following statement is definitely not a respectful comment that was made on here.

    Anonymous said...
    you are so stupid! when he says "man" he means mankind, not man literally!

    That statement is anything but respectful and it is the one to which I was referring. Of course when everyone posts as "anonymous" instead of using a real identity, it gets quite confusing.

    Telling someone they are so stupid in the way that this comment did, is attacking. This blog is about opening one's mind up a little, being respectful and learning to listen and communicate.

    I do realize in our world that statements such as "you are so stupid" tend to be the norm, but they are not what this blog is about.

    What strikes me most unusual is that the Dalai Lama stands for understanding and peace, yet the person responding is doing the complete opposite.

    I'm sorry if you think I was wrong for calling this out, but I do ask for civility and respect on this blog. If these two things cannot be done, than I would appreciate someone not even leaving a comment.

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  13. The thing about women is certainly true or at least should be. But I also believe Dalai Lama meant humakind of mankind when he said "man". It is important to always have minds open but it is even more important to respect other people's opinions. Therefore calling someone "stupid" especially after a great point was made is completly inconsiderate of what other people feel and think is true.

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  14. There is no records he said this, he never said this, someone posted it on facebook and it spread like a wild fire.

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    1. Regardless Anonymous, I cannot prove it either way and that's not the reason I posted it. The reason I posted it was that it says so much. It is a great statement. So, once again, to whoever stated this, job well done!

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  15. The post about women seems quite sexist. Surprising to see on this site.

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    1. Of course, I always find it unusual when someone posts as "anonymous" but yet they are criticizing a blog post. Makes you wonder.

      Anyway, if you go up and read the quote, there is nothing sexist about it. You could easily replace "man" with "human". It doesn't mean the male gender excluding the female gender.

      So I really don't understand your point, but yes this is a valid thing to have on the site because it says so much.

      Of course, there is always the case that you may be trying to reply to an individual response but I would just be guessing. You may want to open your awareness on this or explain yourself better.

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  16. I like the Dalai Lama but the quote was not his. This is part of "An interview with God, very beautiful and inspiring. Source is unknown.

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    1. As I have replied many times already, others have stated this as well. That is why I put on it "source unknown". I love this quote and the overall message is what is important in my view.

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  17. The Dalai Lama never said this, or most of the other things attributed to him on the internet. Many will say it doesn't matter; that the message is what counts. I say the message is trite and insulting.

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    1. I'm actually wondering how you know he never said it, to the point of being almost rude. Maybe you didn't mean for the comment to sound this way, but it is posted anonymously and you require everyone to accept your word as the gospel truth. I'm sure that is issues you need to deal with.

      You might be right that he didn't say this. That is why I have allowed comments such as yours and others to be posted here. Actually you aren't the first one to post comment either.

      I would think if someone really followed the Dalai Lama, they would not worry about trivial matters such as this. Again, if people read the comments, they will see that you have already stated what others have said. I don't know how much more clear and plain this fact can get. If it gets posted a thousand more times, it will not say anymore than what has been said already.

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