Quote Analysis

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.” – Dalai Lama XI 

What does this quote mean to you?

Who is the Dalai Lama?  Do a little research and summarize who the Dalai Lama is.

After completing your research, why would a person like the Dalai Lama say something like this?


To me this quote is saying that in life if we help others than we will get helped as well. This quote is just like the saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Meaning that we should treat people how we want to be treated. Or maybe Dalai Lama XI is voicing their opinion on how we should always try to help others in life, no matter what.

The Dalai Lama is considered the spiritual leader of Tibet, a region in China. The roles of any Dalai Lama is to be a writer, a philosopher, a politician and a lama. A lama teaches the religion of Buddhism to people. “The Dalai Lama is found rather than chosen.” Meaning that when the last Dalai Lama died the next Dalai Lama is found by the Tibetan government and the High Lamas of Gelugpa. The process of finding the next Dalai Lama could take several years, as it did to find the 14th (current) Dalai Lama. The current Dalai Lama’s name is Lhamo Dondrub.

I think that the Dalai Lama would say this quote because in the religion of Buddhism, lamas believe that in the religion of Buddhism the goal is to “change yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.” Obviously in the real world being kind involves standing up for people, using manners, and helping people. In this quote Dalai Lama XI said that our prime purpose in life is to help others, referring to his own religion of Buddhism. Well, I hope you liked my post. Leave your thoughts and comments in the comments below. Happy Blogging!

Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/aug/27/tibet.china1




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