last week i had the pleasure again to see the dalai lama. the topic of the talk was women and peacebuilding. i’d like to share with you my notes, taken down as closely as possible in his delightful language.
this is the third time i’ve seen the dalai lama. one of the things that i enjoy about these talks is that they always underscore the same message, but from a slightly different angle. also, simply being in the presence of the dalai lama (even when he falls asleep partway through the session, as he did this time, so exhausted from his super demanding schedule) is inspiring. not because he is grave and religious. he is the funniest head of state i’ve ever encountered; a trickster, really. you know that smile that he always shows? it’s the smile not only of happiness but of someone who delights in having fun and making jokes, and that comes through all the time in his talks. and like any true comedian, he is irreverent, he always looks at the status quo and says, “hmmmmmmmmmm ….”.
another thing i absolutely love about him is the ease with which he says, “i don’t know.” wouldn’t it be wonderful if more people in authority would simply say “i don’t know” when they don’t have an immediate answer to a question? no spinning, no ignoring the question and talking about something totally different, no pretending you know … so refreshing!
the quotes below reflect in a small way, i hope, the dalai lama’s commitment to compassion, his view on the role of anger, the importance he places on motivation, his urging us to take action, his deep respect for diversity, his global thinking, and his deep passion for the environment, the alleviation of poverty, and the central place of education.
the dalai lama will be back next year, i hear. we here in vancouver are very lucky to have been chosen by him as the dalai lama center for peace and education.
some anger also have role
harsh method does not mean we feel anger towards the person
anger immediate motivation
be content and still outraged
serious concern for wellbeing of humanity
anything that is harmful, you oppose
“what is your greatest fear?” “environment. gap between rich and poor, not only on international level but also on national level.”
frustration creates anger, sometimes violence
the female? good talk, i like it
they call me many things. god king, living buddha, monster, feminist – don’t matter
if no more dalai lama – no important
in case female dalai lama can be more effective – why not?
where is compassion? in the slums
media should pay equal attention to the positive things
“do you feel optimistic about the world?” “oh yes! our life starts with compassion! our life begin with lovingkindness”
this body go well with peaceful mind
we need motivation
compassion really also from the beginning to the time of death
human nature gentleness
whenever i meet young people, i give them hope and importance
peace starts within ourself. then that creates a certain atmosphere
will we be an extremist for love?
the facts should be written down, and then there will be a change in consciousness
everything tight, fear, distress: no creativity
there must be opportunity to express human potential
different country, different situation
whole world become like one community, then implement local situation – but same goal
i want to say yes to everything!
research and education very essential
image by elton melo