I saw the Dalai Lama for the first time last Sunday at an event sponsored by Whole Child International, a nonprofit founded by Karen Gordon in 2004 that works to elevate the level of childcare for orphaned, institutionalized children worldwide.
The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism who spoke on “The Needs of Vulnerable Children, and Cultivating Compassion” wore traditional robes and looked like a humble monk as he sat cross-legged on an armchair on the stage, and chatted to us without any notes.
His Holiness told us that most of his life he’s lived as a refugee in constant fear, with much responsibility, and developed inner strength and self-confidence to calm his mind.
While the 20th century was a time of scientific and technological findings, and too much violence, its up to us, not the politicians to make the 21st century a time of dialogue, peace and happiness. Inner peace leads to global peace.
Loving care in early childhood is at the root of compassion. Abandoned children brought up with no affection become adults who don’t feel the pain of others.
“I am nothing special,” the 14th Dalai Lama said, “but I’m warm hearted, and my mental state is quite calm. Real healing power is a compassionate heart. It reduces stress, and blood pressure, improves digestion, allows one to sleep soundly.”
Cheryl Crow opened for His Holiness. Her first song was The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun”.