| 3 May 2004 @ 13:51, by ming|
The Dalai Lama has been visiting Canada and speaking.
From this report, it's clear he is observing how we all live, and wondering about whay and how we do things:
War is outdated," he said, his deep voice echoing through the sports stadium. "The 20th century was the century of violence, [and] violence solved nothing. The 21st century should be the century of dialogue."
Moments later, a dropped pin could have been heard as his audience hung on his description of the source of his buoyant energy: "Good sleep — seven, nine, even 10 hours ..... and no solid food after lunch. And a certain amount of peace of mind. Sometimes I feel like the ocean. A wave comes, a wave goes. But underneath the ocean is always calm."
He urged the audience to cultivate the habit of watching one's thought processes from a distance, not becoming immersed in them. "When sadness happens, try to look at it separately from the [emotion of] sadness. Some sense? What do you think?" The audience applauded.
He was animated, waving his arms as he spoke, his hands fluttering like butterflies. He frequently chuckled at humanity's foibles, including his own. He jabbed the air with an index finger to make his points. He frequently needed assistance from a translator. "As I get older, my English gets older," he explained.
After Justin Trudeau introduced him as a man "who gets along with just about everyone" in a world of violence, mistrust and hatred, the bespectacled monk in his saffron and claret robes put his arms around the son of the former prime minister and, for a long moment, pressed his cheek against his.
His public talk, called The Power of Compassion, began nearly an hour late in the bustling heart of Canada's largest city because of the unexpected time needed to security-screen people coming into the stadium. As the audience took their seats, the words "greed," "envy" and "selfishness" flashed on two giant screens as a soft mellifluous voice announced that the Dalai Lama would speak about harmony and peace of mind.
Six uniformed police officers took up positions around the stage when he appeared.
He defined compassion as respect — not pity — for others. He termed it something more than ordinary love, which he said is too often based on others' attitudes toward oneself.
He said it could best be called a developed sense of concern for others, and it was an inner quality — "a deep value necessary for being a human being" — as necessary for parents to possess as for political leaders. As an innate quality, he said, it was a natural extension of human beings' dependence upon the compassion of others in the first years of life.
He defined true peace as not merely the absence of violence but as an expression of peace with compassion.
Asked in the question period at the end of his talk what he considered the world's greatest problem, he replied: "Population ..... and the growing gulf between rich and poor." He referred to poor blacks in the capital of the world's richest nation, America, and aboriginal people "lagging behind" in rich Canada.
"The huge gap between rich and poor is not only morally wrong but practically wrong," he said.
He said he was optimistic that negotiations would soon begin between his Tibetan government in exile and the Chinese government, whose troops occupied Tibet in 1959.