I went to hear the Dalai Lama give a live speech for the first time on June 19th. The anticipation was great as I always wanted to hear the wise words of this great spiritual leader. What did I make of it? – I can definitely imagine the Dalai Lama and my grandfather having coffee together (my grandfather will be having coffee while I’m sure Dalai Lama will go for tea instead), chatting about world issues and cracking a joke here and there 🙂
The Dalai Lama and my grand father both belong to a generation of responsible, traditional yet progressive, simple yet intelligent, hard working people. I wish we had more of those spiritual leaders, doctors, professors, scientists, writers, architects today. They are wise and uncorrupt by modern way of life.
Just like my grandfather, the Dalai Lama is a great person to be around with. I felt so relaxed during his speech because he was on the same level with the audience. People are people, there is no reason to pretend to be something else.
His ideas are natural and common sense: religions should be unified, education is important because the world is in the hands of the next generation- ethics and values should be introduced as a part of the regular curricula. Love and affection are food for all children and every mother should try her best to make these available for her child. Taking responsibility for oneself is the first step for taking care of others-the least one can do is not to harm others.
Apart from his pacific views, the Dalai Lama has a great sense of humor. He joked about the cataract in one of his eyes and how he can see clearly from the other eye (operating the cataract from one of eyes in February). As a result he saw an older woman and joked with her- “ Now that I can see well with one of my eyes I can spot all of the wrinkles on your face”- she replies – “Well if that is the case, I prefer your other eye!”
Afterwards, he makes a remark about a friend and a fellow monk who gave up his monkhood to marry the woman he loves: “ Your wife is not so good looking”- the Dalai Lama says- I know she is not good looking, but she is very beautiful on his inside- his friend replies. So ladies, make sure you’re a beautiful on the inside if you want to have a successful and long marriage- the Dalai Lama resolutely suggests!
Finally, my favorite quote from the brochure handed out at Royal Albert Hall:
“Within the scale of the life of the cosmos, a human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a visitor to this planet, who has a finite time to stay. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time lonely, unhappy, and with conflict with other fellow visitors? Far better, surely, to use our short time in pursuing a meaningful life enriched by a common sense of connection with and service to others”