I am scurrying to get out the door. I am going with two friends to see the Dalai Lama in Berkeley today, and Berkeley is celebrating Earth Day, so it will be a flurry of people. Our plan is to drop down in from the back. We'll see how traffic flow goes as Berkeley loves to gridlock. They put little roadblocks up in their streets so nobody speeds. Ironic, in a way, and not something the Dalai Lama would probably say.
The Dalai Lama says this:
“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.”
"I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principle source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external developments alone. The key is to develop inner peace."
May it be so!!
It has been a perfect day. The Dalai Lama is wonderful to see. Security was intense and one has to wonder why when they hear a man speak only of love and compassion, and yet we know why it has to be so. He even said "I love you" to Bush when Bush was acting as president. Imagine that. He then mentioned to Bush that he did not agree with his policies. He is completely forthright.
His advice to young people graduating from Cal this year is to get a job and find a mate and not expect so much and then, there is not disappointment. That last part was straight from the book I've been reading on stoicism. He also said to live with compassion. He spoke a great deal about what that means. Of course, he lives it. You feel it from head to toe, compassion. How can this man be dangerous to anyone, I thought, and yet, clearly he is perceived as a threat by the Chinese.
At the end, they played the Tibetan National Anthem. I think everyone there had tears in their eyes. He is a political as well as a spiritual leader. How can we allow what has happened and is happening in Tibet to continue? It is unfathomable.
Visualize the strength and power of Mother Love. Live with that force for your family, friends, community and all community. He is a Holy Man!
My son Chris is here to spend the night, so it is a day of many blessings in one.
I think what most amazed me is the voice of the Dalai Lama. He recently had an operation and was not feeling well and yet, his voice is deep, resonant, powerful. Again, I felt his voice moving through me from head to toe. My feet were tingling. It all feels easy when one listens to him speak, obvious. Why do we allow this country to make arms and ship them around the world? What do we expect in return?