There is plenty of info about the Dalai Lama’s visit to the University of Westminster this Tuesday [bit.ly/L4da4l] and plenty more about his recent appearance with Russell Brand.
In abstract terms, my experience of the Dalai Lama’s two lectures at Uni was kindness, simplicity and compassion and more importantly, the experience of a person with a genuine capacity to laugh at himself and trust his environment.
Although I was skeptic of this religious figure, I am now having trouble relating to the “purely religio-political purpose” posts and articles everywhere.
Mostly because my instinct after attending these lectures is that, ultimately, he is the one using this religiously and politically funded persona to remind audiences globally of our core _and most valuable_ rights and responsibilities.
A result of the above is that this makes him one of the very few remaining global voices that genuinely and actively promote peace and communication.
The tour-de-force is in the fact that very few individuals/institutions can genuinely have anything against his persona and even then, because of his humble and universally-positive attitude, there is nothing they can do to discredit him. Everyone in fact, needs him to remain as popular and powerful a voice as he is. No entity can be seen to oppose this kind man without incurring distrust towards themselves.
A few articles touched on his presence at both lectures and others on his capacity to remain positive. Most speak about the lectures’ topic. There is little reason for me to go over the latter since, to me, his message focused on the importance of every individual doing their best to improve themselves within their personal and physical reach. No more, no less.
Two sentences that come to mind as I type this went along the lines of:
“Education is about bridging the gap between theory and reality.”
“The Chinese are a very hard working nation.”
From here on, I’ll gladly follow this every-man’s adventures regularly. Not down to religious, political or status interests but rather because he is simply a wise man worth paying attention to/learn from.