Here he is with his little red visor and sunglasses, he’s a charming little man. The picture isn’t that great, but we were up in the rafters so it’s amazing I could get a picture at all. I have about two dozen pics where he looks like he’s moving at super human speed from the blur.
His talk was interesting, although I wish I could have understood more of it. I had to really concentrate to understand his accent. It was kind of like when you have a computer problem and you call the tech department and someone with a heavy accent answers the phone…..ugh, so hard to understand! You can relate to that, right?
He laughed at himself a lot and called himself childlike. He’s all about non-violence in dealing with anyone and anything. He said that having enemies or being around people that give you trouble is a good way to practice forgiveness and compassion. Everyone is basically the same and how someone else acts is their problem, not ours, so detachment from their behavior is important. Easier said than done, I say! I wish he would have expounded on how to forgive and make it stick, because I’ve found that forgiveness doesn’t always happen just from saying the words.
Here’s a little summary of who he is….
Question: How do you view yourself?
Answer: I always consider myself as a simple Buddhist monk. I feel that is the real me. I feel that the Dalai Lama as a temporal ruler is a man-made institution. As long as the people accept the Dalai Lama, they will accept me. But being a monk is something which belongs to me. No one can change that. Deep down inside, I always consider myself a monk, even in my dreams. So naturally I feel myself as more of a religious person. Even in my daily life, I can say that I spend 80% of my time on spiritual activities and 20% on Tibet as a whole. The spiritual or religious life is something I know and have great interest in. I have some kind of confidence in it, and thus I want to study it more. Regarding politics, I have no modern education except for a little experience. It is a big responsibility for someone not so well equipped. This is not voluntary work but something that I feel I must pursue because of the hope and trust that the Tibetan people place on me.
He’s the spiritual leader of the Buddhists which I’ve always found to be a fascinating religion. They believe in reincarnation, and so do I. I just find it hard to believe that we can learn all that we need to learn in one itsy bitsy human lifetime. When you think about it, the span of a human lifetime is like a grain of sand when viewed through the lens of the universe……in other words, it’s really short!
He said that when people see him or other monks and gurus as being magical, that it’s a bunch of nonsense. Then he laughed that funny little laugh of his that cracked everyone up even if we couldn’t understand a word he was saying!
This is probably before everyone else’s time except mine, but years ago there was a cartoon called “The Perils of Penelope Pitstop”. The villain was called Dick Dastardly and his dog was called Mutley. Mutley had this whispery, raspy laugh “he hee heee heee heee” that sounded just like the Dalai Lama laugh. How funny!
I can’t say that I learned a lot, but it was super cool to see such a famous spiritual leader in person and to see how down to earth and childlike he is.
I don’t worry about my own childlike tendencies now, since me and the Dalai Lama are like this (crossing fingers)!
Have an awesome Saturday!