In this book the Dalai Lama shows how through the practice of patience and tolerance we can overcome the obstacles of anger and hatred. He bases his discussion on a guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, the classic work on the activities of Bodhisattva’s-those who aspire to attain full enlightenment in order to benefit all beings. The techniques and methods presented are relevant not only for Buddhist practitioners but for all who seek to improve themselves. Through these teachings and by his own example, the Dalai Lama shows the power that patience and tolerance have to heal anger and to generate peace in the world.
Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective – By Dalai Lama (Author), Geshe Thupten Jinpa (Author) – MLBD Publications
Paperback – 1 January 2007
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The Dalai Lama is a monk of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa (1357 1419) during the time of the 1st Dalai Lama (1391 1474), who was one of his students. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso who was recognized in Tibet in 1939.
It is a common misconception that the Dalai Lama is the head monk of the Gelug school or tradition: the actual ‘head monk’ or ex officio leader of the Gelug tradition is that monk who holds the title ‘Ganden Tripa’ (‘the holder of the golden throne of Ganden’), Ganden being the great monastery near Lhasa that was founded by Je Tsongkhapa in 1409.
In fact, the Dalai Lama belongs to Namgyal, a comparatively small monastery which was founded in the 16th century by the 3rd Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be emanations of Chenresig (Sanskrit: Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The name is a combination of the Mongolic word dalai meaning “ocean” and the Tibetan word (bla-ma) meaning “guru, teacher, mentor”. The Tibetan word “lama” corresponds to the better known Sanskrit word “guru”.
The Dalai Lama lineage emerged in the 15th/16th centuries and became a powerful institution when it rose to political prominence in the 17th century under the 5th Dalai Lama who was the first Dalai Lama to wield effective temporal power over all of central Tibet. Although formally trained as a Gelugpa his education and practice also included various Nyingmapa traditions. In 1642 he established the pluralist theocracy under the Ganden Phodrang government which survived in Tibet until modern times. The Dalai Lamas continued to act as the main political institution ruling Tibet for over 300 years, until the time of the 14th, who went into exile in 1959 and officially announced his retirement from politics in 2011.