Today, July 6, is the 81st birthday of His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
To celebrate, practice what he preaches and find new ways to express compassion and connection in your world. One of his more famous quotes:
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them."
If you’re particularly inspired by him, here are a couple of Dalai Lama-specific volunteer opportunities to check out.
Redwood City, California’s Dalai Lama Foundation seeks worldwide volunteers for actions for ethics and peace. Let them know you’re interested in lending a hand by filling out Dalai Lama Foundation volunteer interest form.
Traveling to India? (Lucky you!) The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education in Bangalore welcomes volunteers who, in return for their service, are able to learn Tibetan language, Buddhist philosophy, and receive room and board while volunteering. Check out their needs and opportunities at this link.
Volunteers in Dharamsala, India work with refugee Tibetan communities in need of assistance and support in the areas surrounding the palace ad home of His Holiness. Volunteer projects are organized by Volunteer in India.
Dalai Lama Fellows is a global program authorized by him, working with social innovators and those working toward worldwide peace, justice, and ecology. Several fellows of the program have developed and launched programs around the world that need dedicated volunteers. Find your perfect match here.