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After the Dalai Lama took the stage he stood for a minute to watch the opening musicians as he tapped his fingers on his knees to the rhythm.  One of my most touching memories from the day was witnessing him truly embrace the moment with joy and awe as he watched the percussionists.  When he later inspired us to laugh, we began to feel the energy he radiates:  joyful, calm and humorous, full of child-like laughter mixed with the wisdom of an old man.

Although the distinguished professors that shared the stage first looked tense, with intellectually-dignified body language, as the discussion proceeded I could see them melting into the moment, feeding off of the energy in the room.  The expressions on their faces relaxed, at one point appearing as if they were having a hard time NOT smiling.  Sometimes the Dalai Lama would pause to speak with his translator who appears to be able to finish his sentences.  It was palpable how strong their relationship appears to be.

As I recognized an audience question being read aloud by the translator, I was stunned. He had selected mine to ask.

It read “How does he suggest we maintain patience and calm when we engage in an argument with those who disbelieve in the realities of climate change?”

Nobody around me knew it was my question. I bit my lip in excitement.  I knew that his answer would be guidance for all of humanity, but I felt like he was speaking directly to me. As he spoke, my chin trembled with the emotional impact of the moment.

“We have to listen with respect…if necessary some pleasant argument (with) no negative feeling…also…there might be times where you cannot do really much at all, in such situations, remember the advice of 8th century Buddhist master who said, with respect to a problem: if there is a solution, there’s no need to be overwhelmed or worried about it. And if there is no solution, then there is no point in worrying about it.”

I know how I interpret this wisdom…what are you thoughts?


an artistic glass roundness…fragile and strong at the same time, like our planet

2 comments on “Wisdom

  1. Joan
    March 23, 2013

    You are fortunate to have seen him twice! My interpretation – worry does not lead to solution.

  2. Parviz Ighani
    March 24, 2013

    Dear Sara, I’m grateful to your dear Mom for referring to your blog on FB. I just bookmarked it for easy access in the future. As Joan said, you’re so fortunate to have seen this great man on two occasions and has had the opportunity to more than just soak in the atmosphere in his presence. Personalities like him are sources of light and and inspiration.

    A Persian poem is attributed to Imam Ali of the Shiite Moslem Faith. In essence it says what Joan said: “On two occasions we should not fear death; the day we’re supposed to die and the day we’re not supposed to die! In either case, our worry wouldn’t make any difference.”

    As to your specific question to the Dalai Lama, my feeling is that not all of us have the same knowledge base and personal experiences on specific issues. Once you realize the person is not fully informed of the many implications of the topic, naturally you have to be patient, but certainly not patronizing.

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us so eloquently and beautifully.

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