This thursday and Friday His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke at Westerner Connecticut State University in Danbury CT in conjunction with the Tibetan Center in Redding Ct, Do Ngak Kunphen Ling or DNKL. It was a remarkable couple of days. I had received my tickets and was raring to go but then I came down with the creeping crud and felt that it wouldn’t be fair of me to go and sneeze and cough over everyone. So I was given the opportunity to give my tickets to my boyfriends parents! Lucky for me pictures were sent all along the way.
Although disappointed that I couldn’t attend I was pleased to be able to share this with people who haven’t had the opportunity to experience the His Holiness speak before. So Of Course I was glued to my laptop with tissues and water in hand to view the live stream. It’s supposed to be up on youtube and when I can find it 🙂 I will have it for you. But here is a wonderful article with his complete lecture on thursday about compassion. Here is an excerpt from the article:
“My fundamental belief is that we are all the same as human beings. We don’t need an introduction when we meet because we are mentally, physically, emotionally the same. I find this is a very helpful way of thinking. Whether I’m speaking to 1000 people or 100,000, there are no barriers between us.”
His Holiness explained that when there are no barriers there’s room for trust. Trust is the basis of friendship. On a global level the time has come to develop a strong sense of the oneness of humanity. Then there will be no room for exploitation, cheating or bullying. If others are successful, be happy. Otherwise, if we a jealous, that leads to mistrust, which leads to fear and suspicion and ultimately loneliness.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center in Danbury, CT, on October 18, 2012. Photo/WCSU|
Everyone wants to lead a peaceful life, but a peaceful society does not evolve only from economic development, it comes about as a result of inner peace in the hearts of individuals. How can we develop such inner peace? Through prayer? His Holiness said that of course prayer has its place, but he feels a need to take action instead.”
As soon as I can find the 2 lectures I will post them! It was a remarkable couple of days!