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Posted by ajoyfulplace on October 8, 2009 at 3:08 PM



I had thehonour and privilege to attend a talk given by the Dalai Lama last Saturday at the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal. I was struck by his relaxed presence, his ease of talking to a crowd of 15,000 people and his playful attitude. Yet hismessage was powerful.

 

Some of the things he said that resonated with me included:

  • That we are all born with the same potential.
  • A more compassionate mind sustains the body’s immune system.
  • Too much anger affects the immune system.
  • When the mind is not settled, i.e. too much emotion stirred up then it is hard to think.
  • An experiment done with monkeys showed that those that were separated from their mothers were always in a bad mood and fought a lot.
  • A presentation at a seminar pointed out that people who used words like me, I,mine a lot were at higher risk of heart attack.
  • The most important factor for friendship is internal beauty not external beauty.
  • We are social beings and need a force to bring us together- that force iscompassion.
  • The real cause of loneliness is anger, suspicion and distrust.
  • One element of compassion is recognizing that every one has an equal right to ahappy life.
  • Real test of compassion is when you can extend it to an enemy.

                                

He outlined the levels of compassion and talked about ways to extend this to all levels-individual, community, national and global. One day he was wondering about whatis this global economic crisis about and he asked his friends to explain it tohim. What he understood from them was that it was about greed and speculation.

 

It was indeed a special experience for me to be in that crowd and listen to the DalaiLama talk so serenely about such an emotional topic. But the best part was thatit was like hearing someone confirm my own thoughts and philosophies. Allthrough the event I was being reminded of the values with which I promised to live my own life and convinced that I was on the right path.

 

 


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