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Tension Gyatso born Lhamo Dondrub is the 14th and current Dalai Lama. Tension was born on July 6th 1935 to a small farming and horse trading family in Tibet. He was selected after the 13th Dalai Lama had a vision and he sent out his team of advisors to find his successor. Lhamo was selected at the age of two. On November 17th 1950, when Lhamo was 15, he askedsumed full temporal (political) power over Tibet and 50 years later he received the Nobel Peace Prize. The main job of the Dalai Lama is to be the figure head, or poster childharacter, for the Buddhist world. He also has the job of teaching practices and giving speeches. His most famous teaching is the Kalachakra Tantra, which are the philosophies and meditation practices contained in the Kalacakra Tantra. There are three different Kalachkra’s. The Outer, the Inner, and the Alternative. The outer refers to the outer world which is the vessel supporting the living beings. It is compounded by the six elements earth, water, fire, air, space and wisdom. The Inner consists of the body and mind of living beings, the psychophysical arrogates, the sensory and psychic capacities so forth. The alternative describes the spiritual method leading to enlightenment in the form of Kalachakra. This is just one of the teachings of the Dalai Lama, he is also author to numerous books on general Buddhist subjects, and he frequently attends schools around the world to hold seminars. As a figure head to the world, the Dalai Lama has several social stances on the world. Such as views on abortion, politics, diets and animal welfare, economics, environment, sexuality, women’s rights, and health. Most of Tension’s views on the world are very realistic and very fair. He understands that there are certain situations where his views are not applicable. For example, in Buddhism it is murder to have an abortion, however, he also knows there there are situations where an abortion is needed. If it is harmful for the baby, or harmful to the family then he is understanding with abortions. He is a vegetarian because he doesn’t believe in killing an animal for food. He believes in equal rights among genders and almost feels that women are more important because they are responsible for life. I agree with all of his views, I am not a vegetarian, and I also believe abortion is the right of the family. That being said tho, I understand his views and why he feels the way he does about certain things. I also have much respect for how he keeps things very modern and very real. His spiritual teachings can be applied to nearly everyone. The religion of Buddhism is a very practical and peaceful religion, it has a lot of spirituality and a lot of meditation practices. The Dalai Lama’s teachings are best benefited by if you are a buddhist, however they can still be applied even if you are not. The meditation techniques are still valid and useful no matter what your beliefs, and the overall message is still applicable. I think his teachings and his being a very good to the world and spirituality.…...

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