Meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama
On Wednesday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama receives the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given to a civilian from our country.
For 50 years, His Holiness has continued his message of peace, compassion and acceptance, though his country has been invaded and its most holy places razed and dismantled. He refuses anger.
If you read his books, he is disarming there, too. It's impossible to remain unaffected by his thoughts. Each sentence reflects his thorough dedication to compassion. What's more, he doesn't mind sharing the universal difficulties that face us all as we struggle with desire in the sense of wanting more of everything -- food, possessions and security.
To nurture his deep inner calm and love, he practices meditation for several hours every day and he shares some of the mental exercises he uses. One of them recommends that you create an image of desperation, of people in need, and hold that image in your minds eye. Next, create an image of yourself in your most demanding, self-centered state.
When I do this reflection, it helps take the me-pursuits down a notch, and reminds me of the world's great need and how I need to pay more attention to it.
On Saturday, I leave for Atlanta, where His Holiness will give three days of teachings.