Saturday, March 14, 2009

An Anniversary I Wish Did Not Exist

I am sure that many people share my concern about the present worldwide moral crisis and will join in my appeal to all humanitarians and religious practitioners who also share this concern to help make our societies more compassionate, just, and equitable. I do not speak as a Buddhist or even as a Tibetan. Nor do I speak as an expert on international politics (though I unavoidably comment on these matters). Rather, I speak simply as a human being, as an upholder of the humanitarian values that are the bedrock not only of Mahayana Buddhism but of all the great world religions. From this perspective I share with you my personal outlook—that:

  1. Universal humanitarianism is essential to solve global problems;
  2. Compassion is the pillar of world peace;
  3. All world religions are already for world peace in this way, as are all humanitarians of whatever ideology;
  4. Each individual has a universal responsibility to shape institutions to serve human needs.

~ His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama


This month there is an anniversary that I wish didn’t exist. March 10th was the 50th Anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet and the beginning of fifty years of protest against the country’s occupation by China that has pulled a dark curtain between Tibet and the rest of the world.

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Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister. No matter how new the face or how different the dress and behavior, there is no significant division between us and other people. It is foolish to dwell on external differences, because our basic natures are the same.

Ultimately, humanity is one and this small planet is our only home, If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of universal altruism. It is only this feeling that can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another.

If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self- worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others.

I believe that at every level of society - familial, tribal, national and international - the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities.

I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness.  It is the practice of compassion. 

~ His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama


  1. I agree with you totally,unfortunly I do not foresee that china will relent.

  2. One day we shall all be at peace when our final days come to an end. I see a world of different races, religions,and creeds all united in heaven as one.

    May Tibet be free one day. The politics of any insurgent act is ugly and I do not understand why evil must continue to errode peaceful people.

    While I do not study as you do, I do have great compassion for those struggling for freedom.

    Blessings my friend.

  3. I especially love this line from the quotes you offered: "If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self- worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others."

    I love the Dalai Lama. Just looking at him, I smile. Thank you, Nick, for posting his words today. I needed that!

  4. I pray that Tibet will be free in the near future.

  5. His Holiness, I believe, has the correct view of things. Tibet will never be free. It has too much to offer China, and too little of material value to offer the rest of the world. If they are allowed to have some degree of autonomy before the Tibetan society is completely submerged in Han Chinese, that is probably about the best we can hope for.

    Hope for that and, on the practical level, support the Tibetans in exile. They are by far the best hope for survival of the Tibetan culture.

    There are a variety of sites available with a simple search for "tibetan+products" that sell goods made by Tibetans in India and Nepal. The next time you need to send someone a gift, give that some thought.

    Namasté all, and especially you, friend Nick.

  6. Thanks for this post, Nick!!! Mr. Wonderful and I saw His Holiness at Indiana University back in October 2007. He is the most joyful person I've ever seen. His talk was 2 hours long; it seemed like 10 minutes.

    Compassion isn't that hard. I should practice it more.

  7. I admire the Dalai Lama so much. He speaks of compassion and love and practices it also. I watched an interview with His Holiness once and he made so much sense and he also had a very dry wit, which I appreciated. A very rare and wonderful human being.

  8. Well done, Rev Saint.