Happy Belated Birthday to the Dali Lama!
The Dali Lama, and spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, celebrated his 80th birthday on Monday at the Global Compassion Summit in southern California. He was joined by numerous celebrities and a crowd of 18,000 supporters!
When I think of compassion and kindness, I think of the Dali Lama. No other person or leader that I know embodies compassion so clearly. The Dalai Lama has been a refugee for five decades, yet is the most recognized worldwide symbol of his Tibetan country. His speeches, books, and most importantly, his actions model compassion. Most of us know his face, his easy laughter and his tireless efforts to bring autonomy for Tibet. The exiled Tibetan community in India has created schools and cultural institutions to educate their children and preserve their language and heritage.
Sadly, little progress has been made with China to return Tibet to autonomous rule. Recently, more and more Tibetans are quietly returning to China, apparently giving up on the idea of independent rule. Meanwhile, the Dali Lama persists in spreading hope and the possibility of a peaceful world in his lifetime.
He has written numerous books including one of my favorites called the Art of Happiness. He is currently writing a book about joy with fellow Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu. And best-selling author Daniel Goleman just wrote a book about the Dali Lama called A Force for Good. Here is a wonderful article by Daniel on the importance of acting on our kind wishes.
It’s not enough to merely feel concern for those who suffer. Convert those feelings into action. Join him in improving the world. ~ Daniel Goleman quoting the Dali Lama
I couldn’t agree more. Many of us want a better world, but don’t take the actions needed to help bring it about, myself included. I frequently write about kindness, compassion and peace, but I’m not sure that is enough. Meaningful change is going to require compassionate action.
Are you willing to step up and join us?