The Dalai Lama and Peace and Kindness


As many of you know, the current Dalai Lama is the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama. He is the secular and spiritual head of the Tibetan people. When the Dalai Lama was  fifteen years of age, the Chinese government invaded Tibet and the young Dalai Lama was smuggled out of the country into India. I have had the privilege of meeting the Dalai Lama and the experience of being in his amazing radiance and energy. Even before I met him, I had read the story  of his escape and exile many years before and was fascinated by the Tibetan people, their Tibetan Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama. Some people continue to live in Tibet, many more followed the Dalai Lama into exile. Some live in various countries around the world. Like other marginalized peoples, they have become wanderers on our planet.

 

It is important for us to recognize that this insightful, compassionate, humorous, and marvelous person rose from Tibetan culture. When he looks into someone’s eyes, he sees their soul. In his own words, he says that any time he meets a stranger, he accepts them as a friend. He says we have all met before and as human beings share the same basic goals. We all seek happiness and do not want suffering.

 

Peace begins within each of us. We can choose to erupt in anger and violence or, if you have peace of mind, you can find happiness even under the most difficult circumstances. This shows the impact of a good mental attitude.

 

We are all born helpless. Without a parent’s kindness we could not survive, much less proper. When children grow up in constant fear, with no one to rely on, they suffer their whole lives. Because the minds of small children are very delicate, their need for kindness is particularly obvious.

 

Adult human beings need kindness too. If someone greets me with a nice smile, and expresses a genuinely friendly attitude, I appreciate it very much. They instantly gladden my heart.

 

Many of our problems stem from attitudes like putting ourselves first at all costs. I know from my own experience that it is possible to change these attitudes and improve the human mind.

 

Today, much of the world is now connected by a web of electronic communications. Yesterday, there was terrorism in Canada and here in America we knew immediately. China is trying to intimidate its neighbors and again we know and our government responds. Our twenty-first century technology has made nations and their people heavily dependent upon one another.

 

So hate, genocide, war and other forms of violence are felt around the world, not just in the country in which they occur. We must stop all wars and nuclear weapons. The Dalai Lama has visited Hiroshima, Japan, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. This must never happen again. He spoke to survivors and their families and his heart was touched. Thousands and thousands of people dead in a matter of moments. War creates much pain and desolation, yet millions of dollars, or whatever currency is in use in other countries, are spent on weapons of mass destruction.

 

The only way to achieve lasting peace is through mutual trust, respect, love and kindness. Attempts by global powers to dominate one another through competition in armaments—whether nuclear, chemical, biological, or conventional—is counterproductive. External peace is impossible without inner peace.

 

 

 

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A relic found in the Japanese cities bombed by America to end WWII

A relic found in the Japanese cities bombed by America to end WWII

 

Achieve peace with understanding.

Achieve peace with understanding.

 

 

NYT headlines when atomic bomb was dropped. Many thousands killed instantly.

NYT headlines when atomic bomb was dropped. Many thousands killed instantly.

 

There is no Plan B or Planet B

There is no Plan B or Planet B

 

 

14 thoughts on “The Dalai Lama and Peace and Kindness

  1. Jane Thorne says:

    We are all connected…amen. X

  2. Rene says:

    Very good article. What I learned about the Dalai Lama recently was very surprising. He has stated he will not be reincarnated if Tibet is still under China. China came up with their own Dalai, but not many people outside of China seem to be following him.

    • That would be true but since the Chinese are Communists, I don’t understand it. Deserves some research. Hugs, Barbara

      • Rene says:

        The reason given in the Test Tube video I saw was the Chinese government was concerned with how much power the Dalai Lama had with the people. So, in an effort to appease and keep the people loyal to the Chinese government, they found their own Dalai. http://youtu.be/KdfoCD2qfWw

      • It was the 1950’s when they invaded. So now they worry? I don’t believe it. Besides Communists don’t believe in God…any type of god. They are not loyal and after watching monks and nuns being murdered and raped i can understand that. I need to do some research. Hugs, Barbara

  3. markbialczak says:

    When the Dalai Lama came to Syracuse in 2012, I worked at the big daily and was part of the news team that covered the peace concert held at the university in his honor. I attended a news conference sitting no more than a dozen feet from him as he answered questions, smiling, radiating energy, sharing an aura of knowledge and wisdom. I was the music critic, and I asked him if he liked the music of the people who would be playing at the concert later that day, and he put his fingers in his ears and stuck out his tongue and made a face, Barbara! Everybody laughed! But then he also said he went into the musicians’ room and told them how they had to use their position of influence to spread good and positive messages to the people. It was quite a day in my life.

  4. D.G.Kaye says:

    What a beautiful post on kindness, peace and love. You are blessed to have met the great Dalai Lama!

  5. Loved this story. I believe the human race needs more reminding about the benefits of peace and understanding. Thanks so much.

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