Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society

Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society

[ Background Music ]>>Stanford University. [ Applause ]>>Ladies and gentleman,
please welcome, Stanford University
President John Hennessy.>>Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Thank you. It’s my great honor to
welcome His High Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
back to Stanford. We’re delighted that the Office
of Religious Life and our School of Medicine, and the
Center for Compassion and Altruism Research
could help us organize this wonderful event. We have with us, in
addition to the Dalai Lama, his long-term interpreter
Geshe Jinpa who has helped put this visit
together and Dr. Jim Doty who is head of this
Center for Compassion and Altruism Research. Today, the Dalai Lama will speak
on the centrality of compassion and later this afternoon we’ll
give the Rathburn lecture in memorial church. When the Dalai Lama received
the Nobel Prize 21 years ago, he said, “I’m just
a simple monk.” But I can tell you when I first
met him five years ago that he’s so much more than
just a simple monk. I still remember that
visit because it is one of the most memorable moments
of my life and when I meet with our undergraduates,
they say, “Well, you’ve met world leaders. You’ve met presidents. You’ve met Nobel Prize winners. But who is the most interesting and impressive person
you’ve met?” And I say it has to be that
meeting with the Dalai Lama. Two things immediately
impressed me. He is an individual who radiates
joy and happiness [laughter]. You feel it. [ Noise ]>>The joy of living, the
joy of creation just comes out when you’re in his
presence and he’s speaking. The other thing I discovered
is he has a wonderful sense of humor and he can make
people laugh without hurting or injuring anyone’s feelings,
and I learned when I was with him that you
could do that in a way that was truly wonderful. So please join me in
welcoming His High Holiness, the Dalai Lama back to Stanford. [ Applause ]>>Sorry, sorry,
careful, careful, careful. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ]>>Thank you. [ Inaudible Remark ] [ Applause ] [ Laughter ] [ Pause ] [ Inaudible Discussion ]>>Good morning everybody. [ Foreign Language ]>>I think I want to stand there
to see more faces [laughter]. [ Noise ] [ Foreign Language ]>>Dear brothers and sisters, and [inaudible] long
time friend [inaudible]. Indeed, I’m very happy once
more come here and meet people. Some of them, long time friend
and most of you new, I think. I always feel it is important
to meet and share some of my own sort of views on
the basis of my own experience and also I think
some observation. I think those compare
young student, suppose I have more experience. [Laughter] You just
begin the real life. Now, I am now ready
to say bye-bye. [Laughter] So the– some sort
of also the useful points which I already have
experienced, so you may learn from these things
may be some help. But then afterward,
question and answer. Through that way, I also,
you see, get some kind of, I usually say education. The different questions
and sometimes question which I never sort of talk
about it, but then such sort of new questions come
that very helpful to think certain new
point more them to be. So, that’s also very
helpful to my self. So I’m very happy
and of course I want to thank the [inaudible] people
who organized this opportunity. Then I talk with people from my
side also no feeling of barrier, and when you put some questions from your side also should
not feel any sort of barrier. We are same human being. Mentally, emotionally,
physically, we are the same. Then, no matter what appearances
that we all have desire to achieve happy life. And really every one have the
right to achieve happy life. So same, 100 percent
same on this level, and then particularly
now to this world. In reality, I think no longer
the concept of we and they. Entire now nearly 7 billion
human beings should consider part of we because individual
future depend on them. So for– from one’s
own sort of interest, you have to think whole
planet, whole humanity. So that is reality. Not like ancient time. Ancient time, the concept
of we and they very strong because interest something more
or less I think independent. So according to that
circumstance, the concept of war, destruction
of they, victory of we. Now, that concept or
that concept outdated because new reality no longer that much sort of
gate of salvation. So now, my doctrine
[foreign language].>>Compassion in human
life and the society. [ Laughter ]>>Actually there’s a
theme difference of word or different factors but
more or less I think hundreds of my talk more or
less same subject. [ Laughter ]>>I think firstly, I
believe, we human being by nature all according to
those people who believe creator that we human being
created as a social animal. So any social animal in order
to survive, cooperation or sense of community is very essential. In this tiny animal,
those social animals, there are no religious faith,
no constitution, no government, but they work together
because the nature creates such that individual
survival depends on community. So you also, a social
animal saw the ultimate soul or severe factor bring
together this warmheartedness and genuine cooperation,
work together with sense of responsibility to take
care common interest. So unity, friendship
is very important. Friendship from power, from
money, artificial friendship. Genuine friendship on
the basis of trust. Trust comes from openness,
transparent, honest. Then trust comes– on the basis
of trust, real friendship comes. So since we are social animal,
the genuine friendship or sense of one community is
really essential. So trust so long one
individual’s deep insight, self-centered attitude, very strong self-centered
attitude there then there is always is possible to cheat
other, to bully other, exploit other so long that
kind of mental attitude, mental tendency there you
cannot speak truthful, honest, transparent. It is necessary somewhere
to hypocrisy, smile but some different
motivation. So on that basis, how
can you develop trust? So openheartedness or genuine
sense of concern of well-being of other, that is [inaudible]. So now, human being as a
social animal, the fundamentals or the basis of our
success or happiness depends on that motivation,
compassionate motivation. Now regarding compassion, I
usually see telling people and according to my own sort of observation basically
three ways, three methods, or three different
way of approach for promoting this human value. Number one, traditional
religion, the Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and many other. Many Hindus believe creator. So every religion
which believe creator when they describe creator,
the infinite love and through that way when you totally submit
or dedicate or submit yourself to god, creator which
is infinite love that reduce self-centered
attitude and then a religion talking
importance of love, compassion, forgiveness, these
things in spite of different philosophy
all give same message. So that’s one way of promoting
compassion or warmheartedness. Then second, those
nontraditional religion like Buddhism, Jainism. Mainly these two religions, no concept of creator
but law of causality. So through that way,
from that viewpoint, ultimately yourself is creator
so all our sort of happiness or suffering, all these
due to one’s own action. You carry right action,
action which benefit to other. Helping other brings some
happiness, joyfulness on other. Result? You get a
benefit from any action which is harming other,
bring pains on other, the result you will face
the individual consequences. So there’s a law of causality. That’s also one way to
promote these values because I want happiness,
I do not want suffering. So I have to think
seriously about the causes of these two experiences
so since I want happy life, I have to carry some
activities which helping other, which benefit to other. Since I do not want suffering,
I should not harm other. That also one way of
promoting these values. Then judging also
the– also the– say out of nearly seven
billion human being, quite a big portion, no interest
about any religion, any faith. This also human being and
very important because part of the six billion human being
if not majority but big portion of nearly seven billion
human being are essentially a nonbeliever. So to some people have the
view, some religious sort of– I think believe any moral
ethics must be based on religious faith. Of course, they have their
own reasons but if you believe that then it becomes
very narrow.>>So now here mainly now
according Indian tradition. India’s constitution itself and
based– according to secularism. So sometimes some of my
friend, some Christians, some Muslim when they heard the
word secularism they believe something disrespect
in one tradition. So I don’t think according to Indian understanding
secularism is rather respect all religions. No preference. This religion or that religion. Because India thousand years
its reality is there are so many different
traditions there. So you must respect
all the tradition. So therefore, according
to that concept, secularism does not mean
disrespect religion. And also in ancient time,
I think last, I think more than 2000, maybe 3000 years in India among different
sort of school of thought. One school of thought
nihilistic view, Sanskrit word or
Hindu word jivaka. So usually it’s considered
that is nihilism. Some of my Indian friend is
telling me after 3000 years, many creators or great thinkers
or religious leaders argue, criticism, criticize
about that view. But the person who holding
that view refer rishi. Rishi means sage, sage. So, there is sort of
also the attitude, respect holding that nihilism. So one of my Indian
friends, of course, actually the former Japan
minister, once he told me one of the reasons why
democratic system is successful in India lasted nearly 70 years. Because thousand years, they
sort of followed Buddhism and also sort of this
habit to respect people who have different view. And as far as that view is
concerned, much critical. However, respect. So secularism now here I think,
I feel, I usually just try to promote human value or
compassion to secularly. That will not against any
religion but actually, I think I believe
all the measure of tradition has
come from that basis. So all religion actually
strengthening basic human good quality, that’s basis– basically that’s the human
value, secular values. Now here, the way promoting
inner value, secularly how. I usually– [ Foreign Language ]>>Three components.>>Or three components maybe. Number one, we human beings like
some other mammals like dogs, cats, many birds, their survival
entirely depend on others care, particularly mother’s care. So we human beings, our
very life start that way. So as soon as we are born
our first deep experience and happy experience is mother
take care and provide us milk. So at that time the child no
sort of idea who is that person. But biological factor
teach them to sort of trust and when mother is taking
care is a tremendous feeling of joyfulness. So that’s the way
our life start. And those people who received
maximum affection, maximum care from our parent,
particularly our mother, in whole life their emotion, also their deep insight
much stable, much happier, more secure than those
people who on early being of their childhood
lacked of affection. One time in Poland
and many years ago, I think my first visit
there, one sort of orphanage. They described these children
are unwanted children. So really terrible. Of course, the foster
parents are there.>>Foster parent.>>Foster parent
eventually, I think, can become real parent
then maybe different. Otherwise, it is very difficult
and particularly those child who at early age see abuse,
experience abuse, like that. I think hold their rest
of life with some problems and the physicals of their
health, also some connection. So in their tradition, I always
is happy to mention my own case. My parents illiterate,
uneducated, just a villager, farmer but very,
very compassionate, particularly my mother. Father sometimes quite
often lose temper but my mother really,
almost we never saw on her face some kind
of negative face. We never saw. Her sort of compassionate
attitude not only towards her own children but
other children also, particularly those
children of beggar. She very much showing concern
and love or sometimes I also, you see, share my own sort of stupid experience,
drastic experience. You know, since my mother so
much love to me as usually, as usual very young
sort of child carrying by mother on shoulder. So then I usually hold
two ears of my mother. I want to go this side, at
this side, go like that. If mother didn’t listen then I
cry and my leg pumping there. I think I really was acting like
a naughty boy there, a stupid– [ Laughter ]>>Spoiled child.>>Spoiled child. So, I believe that experience I
think really imprint in my mind but deeply the– so perhaps
I think my own sort te model compassion. Of course later, but it’s sort of practiced also
you see [inaudible]. But the very seed of
that come from my mother. Then, because emotional
level, no matter and so how difficult it is
but deep inside some kind of open heart, compassionate
heart. That brings in us
that– this fear. That also is very
important for body element. So, now this is number
one reason, we– everybody come from our mother. All have same seed
of compassion. No question. Nobody can argue with that. The second, using
our common sense. Whether in east, west,
south, north, any human group or human family were more
compassion in the atmosphere, affections at home
always much happier. And your neighboring families, the family where
often anger dominate or [inaudible] jealousy
dominate. No peace. No happy atmosphere. Where the family which full
of affection, full of trust, full of friendship,
much happier. That happiness cannot
bring, buy money. Rich family, this basic
human value lacking, not necessarily happy. Poor family, material
facility poor, but these basic human
values, they’re much happier. So that’s using our
common sense. Then, third reason. No scientific sort
of– sort of finding, latest the scientific finding. Constant fear, constant
anger, hate remain here. Actually eating our
immune system, some scientists say that. Calm mind, compassionate mind. Sometimes even increasing
this passage of body element. So therefore, I often have seen, mentioned one occasion I think
10, 13 years ago, one occasion in New York area, one sort
of meeting with scientists. Now that kind of meeting
now since last I think about in 30 years, we have, you
see, we caring using that kind of sort of discussion
or dialogue. So one occasion, one doctor
make in his presentation, you see he mentioned those
people who often use word I, mine, me, like that, there’s
greater chance of heart attack. [ Laughter ]>>He didn’t explain. Then I thought, oh, it may be
true because, you see the person who often you see come from
his or her mouth this word, it simply is reflection
of their thinking. Of course there one way that person is a
little bit quite honest. So, what he or she
really feels expressed, but sometimes we’re
quite clever. Is the real feeling
always hiding and expressed, use
few nice words. So, you know the person who
often come these words, they– his or her in deep
feeling “I” is the center, self centered attitude. So with that, as I
mentioned earlier, sometimes I just got
our inner door closed. So, with that feeling,
difficult to communicate with other people, other
fellow human being, which your successful
life depends on them. But those that you
feel little discontent. So that brings in
deep insight sense of insecurity, sense
of loneliness. That brings blood pressure
increase, too much stress, too much anxiety,
so heart attack. So, therefore, using these three
sub reasons, we can develop– I mean, using the
third and the main– yes, these three secular way,
not talking about religion, not talking about
next life or heaven, simply how to be
happy human being, how to be happy human family. Money alone, no. Now here, I usually because
of the– [inaudible]. These days, I sort of [inaudible] ’cause I develop
one new view here, new view. That is last, at least I
think 3, 4000 years, you see, or 5000 years we develop faith
which that provides hope. And when we’re really facing
desperate situation, pray to God or pray to Buddha at that. So, that gives us some
random basis of hope. Then, about I think last
two centuries, I think more than two centuries,
science develop. With that, technology develop. So many them which
previously just pray. Now that actually now produce– becomes reality with help
of technology and science. So, we’re very much excited. And now, all our hope put on
science and the technology. A lot of sort of–
a lot of change, positive change you see develop. There’s also recently one
the– once again partner, this Bihar state in
India, Bihar state. It is capital partner,
Bihar state, the Bodh Gaya located
in Bihar state. So in partner, the state
government constructed huge Buddhist temple. So some ceremony, open ceremony,
for ceremony he invited me and some delegations from
different Buddhist countries. I’m there, so–>>So, and then chief minister,
you see, your open statement, your open, open statement. You see, he mentioned
what is the– at one point, you see he
mentioned Buddha’s blessing, Bihar state will
flourish [inaudible], mentioned economically usually.>>Flourish.>>Flourish. Then my turn to talk. I know this minister very well. So I half joke, half serious. I mentioned if the developmental
prosperity of the poor state of Bihar due to Buddha’s
blessing, then I think the Bihar state
must earlier should [inaudible], should develop because
Buddha’s blessing always there. But till able chief minister
come, development not happen. So, therefore, Buddha’s
blessing may be there but Buddha’s blessing must go
to human hand, human action. So that I believe. I think last several thousand
years we’re just praying but not satisfied–
satisfactory as that. Through technology, a
lot of benefit has come. Now, later part of 20th
century, those people who have all these
facilities, material facilities, now begin to feel there is
limitation about material value. I think you should, you know
much better I think these things, so American,
you see, you– you have all the
material facilities, isn’t it, generally speaking. Of course America,
there are poor people, a lot of poor people also there. One of the [inaudible]
because of the– ’cause of the drawback
[inaudible], drawback is this
huge gap reaching for human just [inaudible]. Sit there. So in anyway, so in
anyway, does it begin– people begin to feel
there is limitation and among the scientists also,
before they only, you see, watch or observe or investigate
something, external thing. They not much pay attention
about scientists themselves. So now, because of the much
development about brain science, neuron science, now more
[inaudible] more attention about mind, relation
between mind and brain. Whether there is separate
entity on mind or not. Now these now gradually
[inaudible]. There’s economy level. Then practical level, those medical scientists
now realize our emotion is so important for good health. So recently a few
occasion, they are meeting, they call healthy
body, healthy mind. There’s no point to neglect
about a healthy mind. So, scientists in the
medical field, now they begin to see the importance of
mental state for good health. So, later part of 20th century,
now something changing now. Not only material
sort of development, but internal development
is equally important. And also in a social sort of– ’cause of the social
scientist way. They also now found some
unhealthy sort of situation in society, particularly
on the youth. Like in Japan, materially,
highly developed. But there’s a lot of suicide, a lot of depression
among young people. And some other countries
also, some senselessly killing in classroom, these
things happen. So, some social scientist, they
begin to feel in the society, in the family we are
lacking affection. So these children,
I’ll say not adequate for us today [inaudible]. Equip sort of the
affection or like that. And then also world peace, now
more and more people realize, real peace must come
through inner peace. So now question is how to
develop calm mind, inner peace. Tranquilizer? No. Drug? No. Alcohol? No. [Laughter] So the inner peace
is a kind of mind, mental state. So, inner peace must
develop through mental– through mental way, through
mental [inaudible] process. So here in this university,
this institution, now also is a last few years, now carrying some more serious
research work and as well as Wisconsin University
and Emory University. So these are I think
very good start. I think in early part of 20th
century, I cannot but to think of this thing, these things. Now among the scientists,
among the educationist, now begin to feel
importance of inner science. So this I think a
very healthy sign. This should be– we
have this body and mind. The material facility
simply provide body ’cause– body comfort, not
mental comfort. So, my friend, billionaire,
very rich and quite famous but as the individual human
being, very unhappy person. But they are not lacking
money, not lacking a good name, not lacking friend, but lack
of inner sort of strength. As a result, very unhappy. So, ’cause of the–
’cause of the– [ Inaudible Remark ]>>So the theme, centrality
of compassion in human life and the society now fulfill. Thank you. [ Applause ] [ Laughter ]>>So now– [ Applause ]>>[Inaudible] well, question. Question now. Yes.>>Before we start
question and answer, I just want to personally
thank you for being a supporter of our work at CCARE and for
being our founding benefactor. And I also want tH thank you for
being an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people
throughout the world. [ Applause ]>>CCARE uses the
tools of neuroscience to understand those complex
human behaviors we call compassion and altruism. In and of itself, that would
be an interesting exploration. But unless we use these
tools to cultivate that and potentiate those
feelings within our self, it is my feeling that that work
would not be useful otherwise. I want to tell a brief story
about when I met HJis Holiness which began with this
exploration of my own into these– examination
of these feelings. We had an audience with His
Holiness and at the audience, my real intent was really simply
to get him to come to Stanford and talk about the importance of
the cultivation of compassion.>>It was during this meeting
that I explained to him some of our initial explorations
and he became very excited and in fact I asked him, “Your Holiness what though is it
what you want you want us to do in this type of work?” And he said, “The
most important part of this is our children
and education.” And the center with his
support is called the Center for Compassion and Altruism
Research and Education. After the– towards the end of
the audience with His Holiness and after I have asked him
about these issues he added, but you must measure,
measure, measure and he said, “You must use rigorous science
and the work must be secular.” And we have honored that wish. Near the end of our discussion
His Holiness became quite animated and he began talking
to Jinpa and to that in which of course I thought maybe
I had offended him [laughter] and at the end of that
discussion, Jinpa said to me, His Holiness so much believes
in this work that you have begun that he wants to make
a personal donation. And it is from that
donation which has resulted in others being inspired to
support this work and for us to be here today, so I
thank you again for that. [ Applause ]>>I must say though that when
I got my first wish which was that he come and talk here at
Stanford I was quite elated and I said, wow, that
wasn’t that hard. [Laughter] And then– and then when His Holiness
spontaneously made this donation which ends being up one of the largest donations
he’s ever given to a non-Tibetan cause, I was in
awe, I was humbled and it came into my mind that who am I to
take money from the Dalai Lama? [ Laughter ]>>But that passed very quickly. [ Laughter ]>>We are going to begin the
question and answer session, which are questions
that you have given us and which I hope will stimulate
discussion by His Holiness. [ Pause ]>>Scientific research on
human qualities like compassion and altruism creates
concern by many that science is reducing our
morality and our humanity to mere chemical
reactions in the brain, could this undermine our
appreciation of human values? [ Foreign Language ]>>As I can before the answer–
but will [inaudible] is I want to tell you one, my own story. I think about 40 years
ago, I begin to feel– it should be useful or
interesting dialogue or discuss with scientist and Buddhism–
mentioned particles and also of course I think some
of you knows as far as geography is concerned–>>Cosmology.>>Ah, cosmology is
concerned and Mount Meru on these things mentioned. Then more important as I
mentioned earlier, Buddhism, no concept of creator but
something like self-creation, when we talk about creation
they ultimately mind emotion. So therefore, in
Buddhism comparatively, I think very rich information
about mind, emotion, these things and how to tackle
these different emotions and after there are
some experience there. So I eager dialogue
with modern scientists, then some of my friends
they respond to me of science is killer
of religion, be dangerous, be careful. And I thought and thought as far as Buddhism is concerned
particularly the Nalanda tradition is concerned, Buddha himself made clear all
my follower should not follow my teaching out of devotion or faith rather thorough
investigation and experiment, this one. So that give us kind of freedom
to investigate what texts say. So in– historically, last more than 2000 years many
Buddhist masters in India take this liberty
to examine Buddha’s own word. Those, Buddha’s word,
Buddha’s teaching which goes contradiction with investigation then
they say they did not accept it literally. Those texts which further
investigation analyze still solid, that– that
sound then accept. So that is Nalanda tradition. So therefore, science also
some kind of, sort of method to investigate what is reality. The Nalanda tradition also,
the method to investigation about the reality so as it is– then I start dialogue,
talk with scientist. Now, as I mentioned earlier,
the last 20 years more sort of discussion, it
became very clear, that modern science they
found useful information from Buddhist explanation
about mind and for Buddhist the scientific
finding about these quarks– like quarks, subatomic sort
of particles very, very, helpful, very helpful. One casualty is concept of
Mount Meru at least for me, I now no longer believe
Mount Meru. That is one casualty
there, no problem [laughter] so therefore this kind of sort
of further research, no problem. Now here, according
sort of today this– the brain specialist,
the place where sudden– [ Foreign Language ]>>One of the meetings
with scientists, one of the scientist
made the observation that at the brain level,
it was a neuroscientist, it seems that brain centers
that become more active when you experience
pain for yourself seems to be also the same centers that
get activated more prominently when you feel empathy
and, you know, experience someone else’s pain.>>So after I heard that at the
conference [laughter] I just want of course have joke. Oh, in that case the
brain is very foolish. [ Laughter ]>>No ability of distinction,
what the real cause is.>>One, you see empathy,
sense of concern of other’s well being there are
mental element determine the sort of self confidence
voluntarily taking care of what other’s–
sort of well being. So there is strength, the other,
pain in oneself and all well in that feeling and some kind of helplessness completely
discouraged. So in a mental level, big
differences but just found on the brain, same area,
so that means, you see, the brain no ability to distinction the real
causes of mental level. Then with that I also was
jokingly telling people like dear, I say
when we very happy, all joy sometimes tear come
and sometimes without much of a feeling but some kind
of– because of the laughing, joy is laughing also
sometimes tear come. And very painful
experience also use–>>Sadness.>>Sadness also brings tear. So now, mental level,
emotional level big differences, but the physical
response is same. So if the– the physical
level quite sort of clever, then tear which causing
by all joys, tear must come through
right eye. [ Laughter ]>>And the cause of
tear, too much sadness, then tear must come
out of the left eye. Then brain has some ability
to make a distinction. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ]>>So therefore– so therefore,
I think maybe too early to say, but still I feel mind or consciousness is much more
subtler than physical thing. Of course, the mind has so
many sort of different level, grosser level of mind, more
subtle level mind, very, very subtle level of
mind, for example, at the time of awakening state,
mental state using the sense of organs then dream state, sense of organs no
longer function.>>Active.>>Ah, active the system of
mind or the mental state. Then further, deep sleep
without dream, even further, sort of deeper mental state,
then feigned then at the time of death the mental
state deeper, deeper, deeper, deeper like that. So those grosser level of mind
very much would need to do with our physical process. Now the latest of scientific
finding through the experiment, now they found through sheer
mental training, some change, some new development in brain– [ Foreign Language ]>>This is made more
understandable the fact that through mental
processes they can affect and change the level of
brain and this has been– become more acceptable
scientists tell me that because of the discovery of the
plasticity of the brain.>>So these are now, as a
sort of more serious sort of investigation about
the brain or about mind. So I feel no harm,
very important.>>Your Holiness, some people
feel that by being compassionate or altruistic this can make a
person actually less successful or able to survive
in the real world. This seems to be a feeling that
is not unusual in the West. What is your response
to this type of thinking and do you think this also
is the basis for the epidemic of depression in the West? [ Foreign Language ]>>Now firstly compassion,
there are two levels. One– one level as I mentioned
earlier biological factor, that kind of compassion is very
much mixed with attachment, very biased, very limited and
oriented towards attitude. So that kind of compassion only
towards your friend or person or anyone who is nice to you, that kind of compassion
can develop. That compassion never
extend to your enemy. Now, another level of
compassion, now in this kind of compassion, of
course, common with animal as I mentioned before. Now, another level of compassion
which I think only ’cause of the– only human being can
develop because that combination with human intelligence
as I mentioned earlier, analyze through reasons, some
peace of mind is so important for my own well being. So the real destroyer of
peace of mind is anger, hatred, suspicion, jealousy. The opposite– counter force
these things are compassion so, develop some kind of conviction,
compassion is really good for my own well being. So then deliberately trying
to strengthening that and try to reduce these negative
sort of forces and destructive sort
of emotions. So now, intelligence
now involved there. So now, the second level of compassion not
focusing others attitude but simply other, as a sort
of being, as a certain being. Now for example,
each individual, some kind of self-cherishing–
self-cherishing there, that does not mean I
myself nice to me, no. I have right to be
happy, just that reason, that factor you see,
brings self cherishing. So similarly, other restrictive
whether their attitude towards yourself, right or
wrong or negative or positive doesn’t matter. But these also, like me
by nature want happy– happiness, do not
want suffering. So on that understanding, now
not oriented to other’s attitude but rather the person
or being themselves. So develop sense of
concern on that level, now that compassion can extend
towards your enemy, enemy as far as their attitude is concerned
towards you, negative, so we call enemy, but as
far as just human being or certain being is
concerned, same, same right. Since, that kind of sort of
compassion very much combine with wisdom, now your– the
answer for your question.>>The genuine practitioner
of compassion with help of wisdom, always holistic view. Now someone who take
advantage on you and unjustly dream
something, think, if you let their unjust
dream continuously, ultimately they will suffer. Even within this
lifetime, they– many neutral people feel
“Oh sure, she take advantage on such a wonderful
person,” so more and more people criticize them. So therefore, taking the
holistic view and in order to stop their unjust dream,
out of sense of concern of their well being for long
term confirmation must take. So, compassion which
combine with wisdom, always have brought us– brought
a perspective, a holistic. So here, the– you know, the
violence and nonviolence, actually very much
little with motivation. Out of hatred, out of
sort of, I said the desire to cheat using smile, using some
nice word and with some gift, looks nonviolent action, but
because of the motivation, wants to cheat, wants to harm. So that is essentially violence. Good parent or good teacher,
[inaudible] is a good teacher. Purely out of concern of other’s
well being, children or student. Sometimes, you see– use harsh
words, some disciplinary action. Looks a little bit rough, but
because out of sense of concern, sort of compassionate, sort
of attitude, therefore, it is essentially nonviolence. So now your neighbor who take
advantage on you unjustly, take a confirmation
is nonviolence clear. So therefore, the
discretion, I think– if may I say so discretion comes out of ignorance,
one’s compassion. [ Laughter] [ Applause]>>I didn’t write
these questions. [ Laughter ]>>Protecting yourself?>>Yeah, yeah. [ Laughter ]>>Exactly.>>Another question
I did not write. [Laughter] I know
that oftentimes, if I see a homeless
person or a person in need, I feel that I want
to do something at that moment but I don’t. What is it that makes a person who feels compassion
actually act? Is it merely increasing a
stronger sense of compassion that motivates action or
there’re some other factors? [Foreign Language]>>This time, I say– my plane
I took from Bombay to Tokyo and because it’s near Bombay,
one sort of big function, they invented me so I went
there so my flight from Bombay– so I spent one night at Bombay. On the street of city– I saw the shanty town
very poor people, hundreds and with their children,
looks as nobody care. [ Pause ]>>Then also sometimes I
saw some dogs, street dog, very poor physical condition,
very weak, nobody taking care. Or last year– I think
last year or 2 years ago, I saw one picture, one dog
because of economy sort of difficulties one
family abandoned dog. One picture, I saw in
a one Indian newspaper. I looked at that dog, are
usually feeding by the owner so no need runaway–
running to seek something, so no such experience. So that dog’s face
looks very sad. Sort of nearly tear come
but nothing can be done. [ Pause ]>>And something like those of
the poor people in the street, if I spent my whole time serving
them, that’s also limited. So then [inaudible].>>So now you have to wait.>>Some other way to help
fundamental level, long run, maybe more cause of the
more– more benefit. So sometimes when
I saw these things, only pray, nothing can be done. So I think you should
be realistic. If you can do something
on the spot, do it. If there’s limitation,
you cannot do, then think these things then
try to strengthen our own sort of compassionate of the feeling,
compassionate of experience. Sometimes when we saw
these people or animal who are really facing
painful experience, it’s very, very helpful to further
strengthening empathy in these things.>>You said the compassion
is one of the most important
human values, but how do we educate
our children on how to be compassionate
human beings.>>Now, that’s very,
very important. Now, in recent years, I see
some institution and some– what is it– scientist,
also the educationist. Now, really take seriously the–
about the sort of how to educate through education, how to bring. That’s very, very important. Education system–
existing education system as I mentioned it
before, last around– about 200 years is
the sort of interest, only the external
are the matters. So education also is in
mainly related with that. Some of the economy lessons,
engineer, all these things, even medical just as it look
human body, not sure interested about emotion or mind.>>Whereas I think in
Indian medical system, in Tibetan medical
system, more holistic, mind also you see, included. So the whole– sort of– as the existing education
system very much based on material values. I think about thousand
years ago– 1000 year ago, one separate
education institution started in Europe. At that time, about moral
ethics is concerned church takes responsibility and
also family as well. In modern society, influence
of the church also decline and the family value also
a little bit decline. Now, education institution
alone should take care of both, brain development, and one part
it’s because of the development. Again, here as I
mentioned earlier– [Applause] I think all these
possible ways is secular way, not rely on religious faith. If you rely on religious faith
like India, then complication. There are so many different
tradition, so difficult. So without [inaudible] religion
as I mentioned, three reasons, common experience, common sense
and the scientific findings through this sort of
material– using this material, we can educate our
younger generation. That’s key factor,
transformation of [inaudible] being
human being. Not to prayer but
through education. That’s the only way,
so– I think our work– research work, now these
are– eventually is a very, very helpful resources
to sort of– to develop sort of the new
curriculum in education field in secular basis,
scientific basis and introduce children the
importance of warmheartedness. And then also, I
often telling people, 20th century become
century of violence. ‘Cause in some history in that
century, through violence, over 200 millions
of people killed. Still the beginning
of this 21st century– still some problems there. These due to lack or negligence or mistake policy
in 20th century. So therefore, you too, using
force, you can solve problems. Only through force,
you can control or you can eliminate
body but not mind. Changing mind only
through compassion or education, not by force. So therefore, now this
century, now this century– [Applause], whenever we face
problem, we have to find ways and means to solve
that to dialogue. So I usually telling, now
21st century should be century of dialogue. Now, here in order to
carry meaningful dialogue, first it is necessary,
respect the other who have different
view, consider part of we– part of humanity. My future also depend
on them, so respect and listen their interest and
tell them our interest and try to find measurable
equitable solution. That’s the only way. Like in Palestine problem, both sides you stand
firm then confrontation. So only way is through dialogue. So therefore, here, in order
to bring century of dialogue. Now 21st century– no, 10 years
past, 90 years yet to come, now these young people,
you are the people who belongs to 21st century. My generation belongs to
20th century already gone, now ready to say goodbye. So these young people,
now, you should think how to bring this century
more peaceful century, more compassionate century. So peace, compassionate does
not mean no longer any problem, problem there so long
human being there, human interest is there. Different interest,
different views always there. There’s a source of conflict,
conflict [inaudible]. So now we have to– that
reality how to face that reality to talk, to dialogue,
not using weapon. So therefore, now you should
develop this strong conviction. Any problem – family level,
community level, or national or international
level [inaudible]– all these sort of [inaudible]
solution through dialogue. So for that reason also, the central compassion
brings your will. And with the wisdom,
there’s no other objective, only through talk. That’s the wisdom side. Then respect other’s interest. Genuine sense of concern of other’s well being,
that’s the basis. So combine these two things, genuine spiritual
dialogue can develop. What do you think? [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Do you agree? [ Applause ] [ Laughter ]>>Thank you. [ Applause ] [ Inaudible Remark ]>>We have one now. Your Holiness, I would like
to close with the parable that was told to me by
another Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai.>>Oh, what a [inaudible]. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Well, I just [inaudible].>>So, she is the founder of the
Green Belt Movement in Africa and she tells a story
of a large forest fire and all the animals flee
the forest and stand on the periphery and watched
the fire burn their homes. One of the animals
looks up though and sees a hummingbird flying
to the lake getting a beak full of water and dropping
it on the fire. The animal says to
the hummingbird, “Why are you doing this? There is no way you were
going to put out the fire.” And what the hummingbird
says is, “I know, but I am doing what I can do.” Oftentimes when we see
immeasurable suffering, we feel powerless or
discouraged, but I tell you that each and every one of
us has the capacity to make at least one person
suffer less everyday. So go forth and just do what
you can do and thank you. [ Applause ]>>For more, please visit
us at standford.edu.


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    Skibum Willy

    In “Inheriting an Abundant Earth” a simple rule tweak on inheritance ends up changing the direction and purpose of modern human life! Here’s a fair way to give the 99% the key to the vaults! It's something specific we can demand. Are we really just this close to having it work right? Break one link, and the chains fall away! Oh yeah, it's a Ski movie! Watch “Inheriting an Abundant Earth” (“Occupying Chairlifts” 5.0) then sign the petition, and share it!!

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    nomad raby

    Seems you lost your eyes and mind!! Before you open your mouth you are very sure that this really happened. I tell you clearly that Chines made those news. Actually Chines killed million muslims that is for sure. You should put point to chines government instead of Dalai Lama or Buddhism. Buddhism and Dalai lama are promoting world peace and happiness. Now you should think about what you said and you should educate you self instead of criticism others. Don't be stupid or don't copy cat from news

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    Tenda Gami

    Dalai Lama is Tibetan leader who was thrown out of Tibet when violent mob sent by Mao in name of PLA invaded and killed and stole their land.

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    Tenda Gami

    Didn't Chinese fight with Japanese during WW2. Didn't Chinese sent 250,000 troops to fight Korean War. Didn't Chinese fought war with Vietnam.

    Didn't Chinese occupied Tibet and stole Tibetan land and killed 1.2 million. Doesn't people have the right to defend their home.

    What would you do if in the middle of night some violent guys barge into your home rob, loot, rape and kill. Do you mean even protesting against home invasion is not right.

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    Tenda Gami

    Invaders and colonist have said same thing. Aren't Chinese slave to Mao and his maniac philosophy of hate, violent, lie and deceive.

    Average Chinese are afraid to talk freely less they might be sent to prison fore torture and hard labour nornally called re-education.

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    Tenda Gami

    Chinese stole Tibetan Land and Killed 1.2 millions Tibetans. Chinese hate Dalai Lama coz he has busted Chinese lies, myth and deception about Tibet and occupation of Tibet.

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    The Chinese did not necessarily "stole" the land because Tibet was part of the Chinese territory before 1912. Do you known that Tibet had a slave-owning society and the Chinese army was hailed by many as liberators? To give you an idea- before the Chinese army came, 95% of the people lived as inferior beings.

    Mr. Dalai Lama was the religious leader and the biggest ally to the slave-owners(who treated their slaves horribly). He and the monks told the slaves that they deserved the suffering.

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    Tenda Gami

    why are you bothered. Its their right to listen to. Not like Chinese commune where you are forced to listen to a crap other wise you will be sent to prison.

    Dalai Lama is not a liar like Mao, or Hu or Deng.

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    They fought with Japan to defend their country, analogous to France fighting Germany.
    War with Vietnam: enDOTwikipediaDOTorg/wiki/Sino-Vietnamese_War
    Read it, and see who initiated the war.
    Korean War- China also saw it as self-defense. Given the United States' not so clean record during the Cold War, I would call it justified.

    The "protests" were violent and resulted in deaths of many civilians. Of course it was not ok.

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    Tenda Gami

    Mao has trained 1.2 billion Chinese in the art of violence, deception and misinformation. The foundation of Communism and Maoism is brute force and deception.

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    As for the "robbed people"- they were, unfortunately, the slave owners. Of course they felt being "robbed" since their privileges and slaves were taken away… Nice seeing you sympathize with the 5% oppressive slave masters rather than the 95% who were slaves.

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    Are you fucking kidding me? You think BTW it's 1.3 billion. You think 1.3 billion Chinese people are violent? OK NVM. If all american think like you do, it will be the end of the world, since if you want to take out China you will be destroyed for sure too.

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    The big lama IS like the pope and muslim leaders. did you read about how the lamas ran tibet? This lama and all lamas before him were theocratic dictators. So fuck you and fuck the llama (misspelling intentional)

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    the 72 virgin bullshit is a hoax!! Muhammad never said that neither those he said to go murder innocent people for god.Terrorist use Islam as an excuse for their crime.

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    Stop WhiteGenocide

    No "anti-racists" say a 100% Asian area needs more diversity.

    No "anti-racists" say a 100% Muslim area needs more diversity.

    According to "anti-racists", they are already 100% diverse.

    They say ALL & ONLY White area need to be more diverse, and that White areas only stop needing to be more diverse when there are no White people left in them.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

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    Tenda Gami

    That is what your folks are preaching. Go and denounce the Imam and Mullah who preached and practice it and breed the terrorist.

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    Tenda Gami

    Why are Chinese there in my homeland. The best description of Chinese in Tibet is "uninvited guest with Guns and tanks" how would you react if your home is invade and your family killed and property robbed.

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    There are no 100% anythings in the real world of geography. Dumbass. There has always been diversity and will forever be diversity. Too bad for you :/

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    Nice racism there bud. SMDH! I do not support the Chinese and their rule over Tibet. But I also know that the Lama was a a bad ruler, who left the infrastructure of his country in the stone age.

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    Why aren't you in your homeland? We didn't kick you out. You simply fled away. Why did you do that? Because you wanted independence. Tibet has never been independent since Yuan dynasty. You want that? No.

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    Stop WhiteGenocide

    You show the same level of "compassion" that all Anti-Whites do.

    Flooding ALL White countries and ONLY White countries with non-Whites and then forcing assimilation is a program of White genocide.

    Africa will still be full of Africans
    Asia will still be full of Asians.
    Only White children will suffer from this.

    Read the UN genocide conventions: It is genocide, White Genocide.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.
    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White

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    You are a fucking idiot. The only "genocide" there is is the genocide of idiots, cause you and all your idiotic racist ilk are dwindling, have no power, and will no longer remain. Africans will live, Caucasians, will live, Asians will live, but dumbass, inbred, cuntfag, racist idiots, like yourself will be extinct and the world will be a better place.

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    I wonder what happened to the hundreds of millions of Aztecs, red Indians, Maoris, aborigines etc etc?

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    Stop WhiteGenocide

    So, you don't deny White Genocide, rather you point to something in the past to say it is justified.

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    It's still happening by the millions. read the news. check iraq, afghanistan etc. what's this gripe about white genocide? How many millions whites were bombed by this or past few centuries by non whites? how many millions did the whites kill ? you got the whole statistic backwards.

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    Keith B

    Actually, even Louis Farrakhan speaks of this. He says that if the White race does not want to go "extinct" white people should avoid miscegenation.

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    Stop WhiteGenocide

    Yes good point. If you have an interest check out the website whitegenocideproject. They cover these issues.

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    mitch blue

    If you watched this video and still only talk about racism, you missed the point to this video….Justa thot

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    tsering dolma


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    No he lives in a Palace, but not so lucky for the serfs (slaves) he ruled over in Tibet, these people lived in caves. Beware of man in holy attire.

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    Ignacio Martinez

    I'm guessing that when you act with anger, most of the time it doesn't help you nor others… but you can see it on your own, no need to listen to me or others. It's your life your choices to make and the consequences of those actions to live with.

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    Well I know very well how my life is. It's not the point here. The point is. Dalai Lama is a liar.And he supports terrorist attacks in China. It's a fact. CIA helped those small groups of monks to rebel. And British invaded Tibet killing thousands of Tibetans and made it "independent." Anglo Saxon is the virus of world peace.

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    Ignacio Martinez

    World peace will not happen if you yourself don't take the initiative. You have to do what you can and what you can't… well it doesn't really help to worry about it. If you don't take the initiative no one else will take it for you.

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    take the initiative? of what? are you fucking kidding me? we do have peace. it's those who don't want us to have peace constantly trying to stir up hatred among groups. What initiative? you are not making any sense.

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    Ignacio Martinez

    The initiative to create peace. You have peace? I have seen pretty much nothing but anger in your comments. Sorry about that and good luck to you.

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    Cathie Barre

    I supplicate the Dalai Lama for infinite wealth, and infinite wealth for all beings, the seven precious substances, the 101 precious substances in the ultimate book, Dorje and Stupa, etc. Mangalam

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    I feel so humbled and grateful for the Dalai Lama spreading his messages to us. I see a gentle mindful sentient being reminding us that we are the same, to focus inward instead of outward, connect with others because we are social animals, reciprocate that compassion we all had to receive from our mother to survive because real peace comes from inner peace. he ofc puts it all together in a more beautiful way since he's so enlightened!!Makes me so confident that Buddhism has it all figured out 🙂

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    The New Maniac Films

    A university of this caliber makes this and they still can't fix a simple problem of aspect ratio? For those of you who don't know what aspect ratio is, I'm referring to those black bars surrounding the video. No. This is a problem I can solve. I'm dumbfounded why some of the nations greatest minds aren't able to do it.

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    Mitch P

    You should rush to Beijing, and work out a plan on how to go to war with the world. You are so incredibly smart. In fact, you should be the Chinese "Leader", indeed. You have so much hate inside you, it's enough to destroy this and many other worlds, simply by hate!

    You are simply a plain HERO, and the world's saviour. Please, come, and go to war with us, and destroy humanity, before humanity destroys your evilness, and turns you into a human as well! Imagine, 1.3 billions more humans? OMG!

    Forgive all us human, because we are not as fucked up and brain dead, as you are!

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    Mitch P

    Don't tell me what is buddhism. I'm from China. There are countless temples there.

    So you believe, because you have some (sorry, many) temples, that makes you know ALL about Buddhism?

    By all means, you are welcome to proof. Why don't you go to Stanford University and tell the Dalai Lama is a liar, and tell them and the many millions of "NON"Chinese, the truth about "Buddhism". I can imagine already, what that will sound like!

    So please, keep your stupidity inside China, there you may be honored as a national hero. Outside, we don't give a damn about your foolishness and your poor state of mind. Nothing we can do!

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    Guide to the Internet – Pro Tip # 87

    If someone shows genuine humanity and love, they will always be struck down in Youtube comments that make outrageous claims with no references or source material.
    It degrades our view of the world to strike at others through anonymity.
    Instead why not try taking his wisdom for what its worth, and be kind, despite the freedom to be cruel without consequence,

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    RT Kadam Dharma IRC

    Refuting the believe that the Dalai Lama is a sincere and pure buddhist practitioner and teacher by using his words and comparing it with Buddhas wisdom:

    We must admit that sometimes the Dalai Lama tells the truth. Some days ago a friend of mine showed me a magazine with a Dalai Lama interview, in it the Dalai Lama says the following and I quote:
    There is no much sense in me speaking about myself. It is better that other people do it. What I know is that when I was a child I was a character, but I have changed. Nowadays, I get angry from time to time, like for example not long ago in Madrid. It was in the hotel waiting for my luggage to arrive to the hotel, and it was not arriving. No one knew anything about it. How silly! It should be somewhere. So I lost my temper. But it was for a good reason: in my luggage there was my Tibetan medicine and I have stomach pain, so I need it. In general I think that emotions and intelligence come together. The emotions are part of our life but intelligence must control them. In my case, when emotions come out my wisdom and experience help me. However sometimes they appear in my dreams. I see myself fighting with people. I hold something in my hand and I try to hit them, but then I remember in my dream that I am a monk and I should not fight. Sometimes I also dream with women. Yes attractive women… The Dalai Lama laughs and speaks in Tibetan that Thetong translates: <If they were ugly, there would not be any problem>. The Dalai Lama keeps laughing: <but even in my dreams my reaction is the same. I tell myself that I am a monk.
    Maybe, for the general public that does not know anything about Buddhism this looks cool. But for someone that has some knowledge of Buddhism it is a bit different. These people will arrive to the conclusion that the Dalai Lama cannot be the Buddha of Compassion as some people believe, cannot be a superior bodhisattva, or even a foe destroyer, an ordinary bodhisattva, or a pure and sincere practitioner.
    Basically, the Dalai Lama here admits that he gets angry from time to time, but that is not the worst (remember that people consider him the pope of Buddhism)he admits also that is OK to get angry, that there are some occasions in which is OK to get angry. Any sincere Buddhist would agree that Shantideva was a great Buddhist master and a realized being. If we check his masterpiece “Guide to the bodhisattva’s way of life” at the chapter about patience we will learn that there is not a single valid reason to get angry. Shantideva spends many pages refuting the reasons that we normally state to get angry as a means to solve our own problems. 
    Since I begin to study and practice Buddhism I have learnt something that has been very important to me, and is that anger solves nothing. In Dalai Lama’s example I would say to him that losing the temper does not solve his external problem (no matter how angry he gets the luggage will not appear) but rather creates his actual problem the mind of anger itself. That is very basic Buddhist knowledge. So it seems that the Dalai Lama does not know this basic knowledge. It is very weird, could not the Dalai Lama (no less than Avalokisteshvara for some) find a more constructive and positive way to react to this situation. He could (if he had followed Buddha’s teachings but he did not).
    If we follow Buddhist teachings we will learn that this is a very good opportunity to practice patience. How does it work? Simply by recalling that if we get angry we worsen our problem, that is, the luggage still is not there, he has stomach pain and he now is also angry (3 problems instead of 2 and the real problem is anger). Patience shows us that we can be happy amidst adversity. Examples are given in the scriptures of people that by applying patience they maintain a happy mind and peace of mind even if they are seriously ill with very strong pain like the pain that comes from cancer etc.
    The Dalai Lama admits that he is reacting as an ordinary person that at the minimum adversity gets angry. So we could ask him where his Buddhist practice has gone. I think the answer is that the Dalai Lama has the words of Dharma but not the experience of it. He has intellectual knowledge of the teachings but he has not managed to get experience from that knowledge. That is a very common problem. The solution for it is to practice the teachings received. I think also that this is the reason of the two faces of the Dalai Lama (the words that he speaks and the actions he performs). So it would be interesting to know how his intelligence has worked in this case to control his emotions in this case. By his words we can infer the following: It is Ok for me to get angry because I have a valid reason I am in pain and this silly people have lost my luggage with my medicine. Dalai Lama is that the example that you want to show to the world? So according to you everyone has valid reasons to get angry. Is this the way to help people to overcome their delusions? Can be this a good example? This is what the Dalai Lama thinks about his intelligence controlling his emotions. How sad, what a big difference between the Dalai Lama and Shantideva. 
    Look, I am o the way and I admit that sometimes I get angry, but I recognise this as my inner enemy that destroys my inner peace, so I pray to get rid of it along with the other delusions. From that point of view I think I am much better practitioner than the Dalai Lama, not because myself but rather thanks to the kindness of my teachers and the effort to overcome delusions like anger.
    If we keep analysing Dalai Lama’s words we realize that he has not overcome his delusions he still has anger in his mind, and also attachment and of course ignorance. These are known as the three poisons that steal our inner peace and happiness.  I personally, would never choose a person that admits to have these three poisons, and that admits that is OK to have them as my Spiritual Guide. 
    I think in these cases the Dalai Lama speaks the truth so we must take him at the letter. He has no Dharma realizations like tranquil abiding or a direct realization of emptiness because still he suffers from physical problems. He does not know how to practice Loyong, transforming the adversity into the path. He cannot even control his mind in a mild situation. To me he gets angry now just from time to time not because he has learned to control his mind but because he has managed (thanks to his power) to change the external conditions according to his wishes, so when something happens against his wishes he gets angry(see the video of the nun asking him for religion freedom).
    Also, a person with Dharma realisations like a direct realization on emptiness on the path of meditation could not have the dreams that he has got, because this people have destroyed the seeds of all delusions, so if there is no seeds they cannot ripen in dreams. You do not need to be Jung to interpret his dreams, they speak for themselves. Also the commentary that he says at the end <if they were ugly there would not be a problem>, that is a very low comment, Can you imagine Shantideva, Milarepa, Atisha o Yhe Tsonkhapa stating such a low , insulting  and ordinary comment?
    Is this the persona appointed to represent the Buddhist path in this world? For me is just a clown, a show man and a very, very ordinary person full of delusions and with no capacity or will to overcome them.
    PD- The interview was in the Spanish magazine “El semanal” 9 of July 2005 Nº 923.

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    Chiropractic Student

    buddhism is not a religion. It is a practice, philosophy and the path to become buddha. The only one recorded in history who became buddha is Siddharta a prince of India. Unlike other religion it does not openly and sulk up and believe in a all mighty creator. It is the training to bond with the nature and community

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    Lizy bordum

    Seems to be putting everyone to sleep including me time for bed will catch up this morning but I am just curious where bruises came !

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    It's fascinating when individuals with opposing views fail to see that each other's points are both valid and fail strike a point of equilibrium per say. It's a beautiful thing to be able to absorb wisdom from knowledge, without hindrances to wisdom which in context may include grammatical errors, use wrong words, (all part of language barrier). Getting too technical hinders from being able to find intended meaning in knowledge however previously being a perfectionists by nature …I would encourage the the university to try to post the videos in the best quality possible. I don't personally mind. I seek the essence and would listen to only the audio even,but it could be the difference between a shallow mind going a bit deeper or staying as shallow as it is. I try to share useful media with kids and anyone who I see may have an interest (I live in a small predominantly catholic country) so i would appreciate the best quality. It's important to me because I want to be as effective at getting them interested in the material as possible so it really needs to make a good impression on them which means it needs to be the best quality. I try to get really good videos 1080 but where I can't I settle for lower. But yes i will be teaching them (because I'll be running a tiny summer camp to share useful media and give kids personal attention
    ),after being able to spark their interest , to look beyond technicalities and to be able to focus on absorbing the essence of good media.

    anyway as per the issue bellow here's my opinion in a nutshell

    1)It was a great thing getting this video posted
    2)If it is easy to make a small adjustment that makes a difference in the quality then do so.(I say this not in a demanding way but rather in a tone of enthusiastic motivation.I would never talk down on good works)
    3) the guy with the aspect ration issue did have a point. (however the approach was a bit aggressive. Remember we are all humans and even if we think we are not being offensive we need to be careful about how we speak to others and how we word what we want to say)

    Thank you very much for posting such videos. I appreciate it more than you can imagine :^)

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    Adam Southworth

    This guy is funny and philosophically and emotionally alert to difficult modern problems and fears;  I like him.  Clearly an intelligent man: just read his introduction to the Tibetan book of the dead.  The way he unfolds his metaphysics and embraces science to elucidate his ideas is interesting.  I thought something he said was quite profound:  egotism does not necessarily mean one cares for oneself.

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    Teddy Zeray

    I really don't understand the 40 people who didn't like his teachings. What a great wisdom from his Holiness

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    The centrality of compassion is LOVE. Compassion is a sign of the Love within. And we know that the root of all that is good from the least to the greatest is Love… God is Love, God is within… and within is Christ's salvation.

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    Leakhana Duch

    Mountain R that Dalai Lama mentions was not true. Maybe it is true but we cannot see with human eyes like hell and heaven and ghosts(bad spirits) angels fairies and reincarnation. Many Buddha students saw many things that normal humans can’t see or hear unless they are arahats or enlightenment ones.

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    Jackie Wu

    Jesus is a Buddha. Buddha is the enlightened one. But who is this Dalai Lama ? A politician ? May the love and the peace of Jesus be with us.

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    Cheeki Breeki My Dude

    2:56 this dick. Even if you don't approve religion or whatever, you could still show some respect.

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    Global Citizen

    Thank you your holiness great fourteen dalailama 🙇‍♀️🙏long live your holiness dalailama 🙇‍♀️🙇‍♀️🌻🙏

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