“Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama”

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.

The message
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.

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4 thoughts on ““Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama”

  1. How wonderful that you were able to hear him speak…and there is no doubt that he is one of the very few remaining global voices that genuinely and actively promote peace and communication. Lovely post. Thanks for sharing Alyx.

    • Hi Bardess,

      Yes, it definetly isn’t about hearing him speak. It’s about understanding, and applying, the message of self improvement as a means to better our environment.

      I was mostly surprised at people’s reactions when we mentioned the lectures with him, hence the title for this post which is a sort of “mantra” to calm oneself down when things happen that can get the best of us at times.

      Thanks for visiting!

  2. Hi Bela, and I’m very much glad to have discovered him and to have had my beliefs questionned (yet again, for the nth time now… I lost count).

    His words come at a time when the world around us seems to be turning into an absolute conundrum. Bringing up a need to at least “know ourselves”.

    Reading between the lines, he seemed to say that we stand everything to gain by living our lives with a final internal judgement in mind:
    “How happy are we with ourselves and with our treatment of others?
    Never mind what others did, what did I do?”
    Something like that… and of course, the importance of education and bridging the gap between what we think we know and what really is.

    All in all, it was an experience for me, on more than one level and I am glad I had it.

    Best,
    Alyx

  3. I too remember being skeptical – I had the opportunity to meet DL face to face on Moloka’i (HI) 22 years or so ago. I thought “Oh, I’m tired! It’s been a long day. Who wants to meet some monk from the east?”

    Fast forward these 22 years and I begin to see the amazing tireless crusader for world peace that this man is. He is genuinely devoted, from infancy on – in a way that few are even capable of.

    Glad you discovered him!

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