Sunday, December 02, 2007

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

Y'all aren't tired of me writing about my buddy, H.H., right? Good! I didn't think so! He's just so darn writable! LOVE him, love him, love him, LOVE him! The man personifies "love." He IS love. I just watched this DVD and plan to watch it again immediately. But here are the highlights:


10) He didn't wear his visor once on the video - darn.

9) He's HILARIOUS! A jokester! A trickster! And that GIGGLE - stop! WAY too cute!

8) He's quick to laugh at himself.

7) He's humble - big time.

6) When someone points out a good reason he's wrong, he's quick to apologize and publicly change his statement/opinion.

5) He NEVER veers from his message of love, peace, compassion.

4) When science and religion disagree, he tends to go towards science.

3) He believes many customs are out-of-date and need to go, especially with regards to women.

2) A monk was captured by the Chinese, tortured and held prisoner for two years. When he was released he denounced peace, love and compassion towards the Chinese. After 2 hours with the Dalai Lama he changed back, permanently, to practice/believe/integrate peace, love and compassion for all sentient beings.

1) He chose the next Panchen Lama - the Lama that will identify the next Dalai Lama after his death - and the boy disappeared immediately and has never been heard from since. The Chinese chose their own Panchen Lama and plan to "use" him to "choose" the next "Dalai Lama" In an effort to fully control Tibetans. The Dalai Lama has nothing but compassion for this "Panchen Lama."

That's a little scary - long live H.H.


Deb said...

What a wonder he is. I find myself thinking often that if he hadn't been exiled, the world would not be benefitting from his love and compassion and his teaching in the way it is now. It helps me remember that nothing is accidental.

Anonymous said...

He is an amazing man. I keep his book, The Art of Happiness, close by ever since I bought it many years ago. I have bought many more since, but I just LOVE him and his message of hope,love and compassion. I wish I had the opportunity to see him in person, like you did, visor and all! What a true teacher and pure soul.

riversgrace said...

Nothing like going with the flow, that one. No exceptions. I can't even let a dirty dish go. I'm an ant!

holly said...

In the Best American Travel Writing of 2000 is a story called Spies In the House of Faith. It details the search for the 11th Panchen Lama, a failed plan to convince the Chinese Government it had selected the true Panchen Lama that leads to his imprisonment. The reporter ends up involved in the story. It's fascinating.

Michelle O'Neil said...

What I wouldn't give for two hours with HH! I know, take a number.