Words of Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

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The Dalai Lama on his 75th Birthday (Image:http://obeygiant.com)

The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.

That been the case the present Dalai Lama is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. He is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. In 1959, with the brutal suppression of the Tibetan national uprising in Lhasa by Chinese troops, His Holiness was forced to escape into exile. Since then he has been living in Dharamsala, northern India, the seat of the Tibetan political administration in exile.

With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.

I was moved by His Holiness’s interview on Shameless Idealists with young social-entrepreneur Craig Kielburger. See video at the bottom of the page.

Dharamsala, India (Photo by: Sidney Piburn)

This most admirable spiritual leader has been preaching forgiveness and compassionate living, while for fifty odd years his nation has been in captivity of the Chinese troops and he himself in exile in India. So when Craig Kielburger asks him in an interview for ‘Shameless Idealists; how do you do that? Dalai Lama says ‘you need to look at it from a different perspective’. ‘Tibet has lost it’s independence and that is bad. Tibet is a small country and because of external pressure there more unit among the Tibetans, otherwise they would be fighting among themselves’. And he goes on to say ‘Tibetans are meeting these challenges, otherwise if everything was okay they would become lazy’ He does, make me laugh…

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Compassion is the fundamental building block of creating a better world says Craig and asks the Dalai Lama: How do we create a compassionate world?

Look at the world, many problems. Essentially many of these problems are our own creations. Everybody wants a happy life and everybody wants inner peace. The inner peace you cannot buy. Obtain from a mission or get from medicine. You need to look inwards, at our potential, which is given by our parent (particularly our mother)

Dalai Lama is the author (and co-author) of seventy odd books his wisdom is just amazing, just peruse this list.
http://www.dalailama.com/biography/books/

The greatest challenge is that we are raising a generation of children who are passing- by-standers says Craig, who close there eyes and close their hearts. How can parents and teachers teach children to be compassionate?
For children explanation through words is not very effective says the Dalai Lama. Our love to our parents is not because of an explanation, they … particularly mother is so kind, that’s why we love them. So initially parents should provide affection. Gradually then children become some what distanced from the parents. Parents must show their children their sincere concern all their life. Through practice, then children get genuine appreciation of compassion and loving kindness.

Child at Play (Photo by: kidconnectiontoolbox.wordpress.com)

Craig is his very talkative and he asks all sorts of questions from His Holiness and makes him laugh.He questions the Dalai Lama on reincarnation which is a fundamental believe in Buddhists.

The Dalai Lama says: what you study, the knowledge, the experience they make an impact on our subtle mind. So in our next life some effect from our previous life, like knowledge as well as the experience are brought in. So it’s best that you lead a meaningful life now, because the preparation happens now… at this moment.

Question: What advice would you give to young children who feel the problems of the world are too overwhelming?
Practicing compassion does not mean one doesn’t care about other’s action and other’s attitude. Sometimes it is necessary to oppose or to take counter measure for other’s unjust actions. But at the same time we should keep some sort of concern for their well being. You can oppose other’s action but without losing compassion to them. Here he makes a distinction. Action and Actor: Where action is concerned for misdeeds, unfair, unjust things that have happened oppose these things. Actor is still a human being, keep our compassion towards them. That’s actually the best way to change their negative attitude towards you. When you confront the other person it is natural to develop some sort of hatred towards the other person. Your negative attitude won’t help the other person correct his wrong doing. If you separate the Action and the Actor you wont have such feelings. The worst thing is when your anger towards the other person more negative attitude come later. So best is to resort to oppose their action without losing compassion for the person.

I liked that very much. You can watch the full interview online at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_W2kBy0fNI&NR=1

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