often says, "I am just a simple Buddhist monk - no more, nor less."
His Holiness follows the life of Buddhist monk. Living in a small cottage
in Dharamsala, he rises at 4 A.M. to meditate, pursues an ongoing schedule
of administrative meetings, private audiences and religious teachings
and ceremonies. He concludes each day with further prayer before retiring.
In explaining his greatest sources of inspiration, he often cites a
favorite verse, found in the writings of the renowned eighth century
Buddhist saint Shantideva:
as long as space endures
for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world.
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