Compassion as the Pillar of World Peace – the 14th Dalai Lama

Compassion as the Pillar of World Peace – the 14th Dalai Lama

Post by: Kris Kleinknight On June 25th His Holiness gave a public talk on Compassion As a Pillar of World Peace organized by the Indiana Buddhist Center in partnership with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation and Compassionate Indy at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.  I was fortunate enough to attend along with a few thousand other interested folk. The Dalai Lama has a deep voice which he uses to deliver his message and his infectious laugh is full and boisterous.  He mentioned that while traveling, someone stopped to compliment his youthful face.  He’s 81 years young and stressed the importance of taking care of our bodies and that in turn will provide a clear mind.  He noted with a big laugh; “I am all fine except for my knees!”  “If you are warm-hearted, your health will be better and both you and your relations will be happier.” His main message was that we each must focus on compassion, understanding, love, and patience.  He made a point to reflect on the state of the world as many people strain to understand all of the horrific acts that we hear about each day.  Through scientific studies, he said it has been proven that people are born innately good.  Evil and hatred are taught and learned.  This generation may be lost so we must turn our attention to the next.  We must understand and teach compassion to the next generation.   Another critical point that he stressed was that there are no Muslim terrorist; no Jewish terrorist; no Buddhist terrorist for terrorism does not exist in religion.  People who commit atrocities are Terrorist.  They are not religious; nor do they understand or practice religion.  We therefore cannot continue to inflict bigotry or hatred upon an entire religion when there are “stupid, mixed-up characters parading around doing stupid things”.  He also said, “ it will take more than blessings to bring about peace; we have to take action. Since its human beings who engage in violence and war, it’s human beings who must take action to create peace.” We must love one another and promote peace.  We must look for answers as a committed group and push for action.  That is why he will be speaking at the National meeting of Mayors in Indianapolis on Sunday 26th.  He wants to promote his message of compassion and peace to those who have the ability to make change. So with this message comes the reflection needed of each of us.  Through love and compassion, we will develop the ability to nurture goodness.   Peace and Love! To learn more about his Holiness, please visit http://dalailama.com/ Image courtesy of www.dalailama.com

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