The Dalai Lama

My anticipation has finally been laid to rest after receiving the public address from his holiness – The Dalai Lama. His talk was intimate, maybe 500 people present wanting to receive this beautiful wisdom, a little over an hour long with a 45 minute question period and a special ending ceremony. The topics of conversation were two things mostly and entirely, Compassion and universal responsibility through global citizenship.

Compassion:

Compassion is a virtue— one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism — foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and personhood.

There is an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual’s compassion is often given a property of “depth,” “vigour,” or “passion.” More vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In ethical terms, the various expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule embody by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others what you would have them do to you. – Taken from wikipedia

It was the one emotion that his holiness stressed very much – compassion. He also commented on the fact that it is the woman who tend to be more dominant than men, and that woman need to take a stand on promoting compassion. I’ve been feeling this for a long time, as it has been part of my duty as Marina Love Movement to do. I want nothing more for this world than loving kindness. I want nothing more for this world than for humanity to take a stand on unity and take care of one another as we do ourselves. We have to remember this very simple principle in order to see the world we wish to view. Compassion can be practiced as well through non violence. His holiness was certain (and I am too) that if we practice more non violence and compassion it will diminish the pain and suffering in this world.

Universal responsibility through global citizenship:

We are human beyond region, on a deeper level we are all the same. Everyone no matter where you were born has the right to be joyous and happy. If we can view humanity as WE then problem decrease. We need to understand that when you hurt someone else you are hurting yourself  also. His holiness asked us listeners to please educate people on the harm behind secluding. We must respect the difference and honoring the oneness at the same time, think more about serious research, study, and travel. This is the importance of universal responsibility.This topic was so beautiful to hear about as I truly believe we can make an impact as humanity if we quit the secularism. His holiness sees it as a reason behind much disagreements and war. I think we could all agree. I tend to lose my patience with people who ask me about my race or religion in order to get to know me. I believe this has nothing to do with us at our cores. Humans are all the same in the core – we all require love and light the same, and we all beings of light underneath.

Blood is red and for the future of peace in our hands. Peace does not come through prayer but comes through actions.

Please return soon soul of glory.

*All photos by Annik Boivin

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