25 Jul 2008 |
Posted by Lama Surya Das | 2 Comments.
The Dalai Lama of Tibet is in the USA these days, speaking at universities and teaching publicly at venues including Radio City Music Hall in New York City. “Human intelligence is something of great potential,” he told a rapt audience of several thousand at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. “Education opens that potential, so it’s extremely important. Now I really like today’s three words: listen, learn, love.”
His hearty message is always one of peace and harmony, tolerance and reconciliation coupled with a constant call for and commitment for human rights and universal responsibility for our human family as well as the environment and all species. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1989) often counsels us that, “This century must be an era of dialogue rather than of bloodshed. War is an outmoded form of conflict resolution.”
Although he is learned philosopher and a doctor of divinity, as well as a disciplined lifelong monk and meditation master, His Holiness is sharing personally his own feelings and pleasures. During a short question and answer session after one of his talks at University of Wisconsin in Madison, when asked what the source of his strength was in the face of trouble; his honest and straight-forward answer of “Good food, good sleep,” was met with many laughs and applause. This simple sense of humor was present throughout his entire speech, with several light- hearted remarks and playful gestures punctuating the two-hour-long session.
In NYC when asked what makes him happiest, the Dalai Lama replied: “Oh I don’t know (laughs), yes, I know, talking to you people, talking and talking bla bla bla bla bla!” People there just fell out laughing with him.
I think the moral of this story is that finding inner peace and the wealth of contentment makes one wise and happy, far beyond external conditions and circumstances. This is the joy of authentic inner spiritual being.