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."
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.