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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dalai Lama in Toronto

Friday afternoon, I met my friend Rishma for another one of what she calls our "off the beaten path dates."  She pointed out that we never just go out for a simple lunch or dinner. Last time we met, we went to see a play and the time before that we went to hear Elizabeth Gilbert speak about her new book Committed.  It's a treat to experience these things with Rishma and through her eyes.

This time around we met up to hear His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speak at the Dome.  His talk was entitled "Human Approaches to World Peace."

The stage.

A spiritual offering before HH the Dalai Lama comes out to speak.

Seamus O’Regan emcees.

Craig Kielburger introduces HH the Dalai Lama.

HH the Dalai Lama cracks a joke about the lights being too bright and puts on a visor. He followed that with his hearty laugh which made everyone else break into fits of giggles.

"The meaning of human approach is more compassion, and genuinely consider others as brother and sister.''

"In ancient times, through war, it was one side defeated, one side won. But the destruction of your neighbor is a destruction of yourself. So, the only way is through dialogue. We must respect other people and listen.”

“To those who show a positive attitude, you develop concern for their well-being. To those who show a negative attitude, you cannot extend your compassion. Now if that limited compassion is taken as a seed, through the help of human intelligence, it is possible to develop our compassion.”

Answering some questions submitted online he says, "Every human being has the right to be happy."

All smiles after the talk.

Thankful to live in a country and city where friends can meet for a date with the Dalai Lama.


Melanie Jane said...

Thats amazing Faiza, this read paired with finishing the kite runner .. was full of thought provoking messages.

Happy weekend - playdates with girlfriends, be it shopping, a show or dinner or all three. Feed the spirit that makes friendship wonderful!

Kimminita said...

Oh he is one of the most inspiring people in the whole wide world. And indeed it is great you can share this with a lovely friend.

Felicity said...

That's awesome! I would love to hear what his laugh sounds like.

Phoenix Peacock said...

You are so lucky. I am so inspired by him, he just radiates compassion, joy, and love.

heather yalin said...

Goodness, Faiza! This post just makes me SMILE so big! I wish I could be there to do something like this with you lovely ladies! Kinda living my little dream, hehe, it's the little things sometimes, isn't it?

Hope your week is filled with compassion and JOY!

Marz said...

Oh how I wish I could go on an "off the beaten path date" with you and Rishma!! I am SO envious that you got to see the Dalai Lama!! How amazing it would be to be in his peaceful presence! Thank you for sharing his wonderful and inspiring words with us. What a beautiful photo of you and Rishma - I am in love with your lovely smile!

Krystal said...

Wow, this is really cool that you guys went to that - I love all of his quotes, too..

rachel awes said...

here's to peace & happiness & deep listening!
loooooove to you, friend! xox

Erin said...


I mailed you a little letter today, along with a blank BC postcard. Hope it gets to you soon!

Tanvi said...

He is such a simple and inspiring man. Would love to hear him talk in person some day! Great shot of your and your friend :)

Mrs.B said...

What wonderful, and true, words of wisdom.
Thanks for sharing!

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