A Day With The Dalai Lama

Compassion is much more than sympathy. It is not just about inclusion of another human being into your fold

12/31/2014 11:57:14 AM
written By : Debashis Chatterjee Print

The event: The World Hindu Congress

The place: The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi

The Dalai Lama began the Congress with a poetic message on impermanence, ‘Old friends pass away and new friends appear. ‘ He could have as well said, ‘The old year comes to an end and a new year begins’. Paradoxically, he said in the same breath, ‘Yet people are the same everywhere - physically, mentally and emotionally. We have to learn to recognise the sameness of humanity.’ Most of brutality of the world, he said happens because of the ignorance of this fact: we are more alike than we are different. Our destructive emotions that breed violence is born from the womb of ignorance.  The answer to violence is knowledge. ‘Go deeper, he urged us, to the knowledge of the human mind and the knowledge of emotions. ‘ As one goes deeper one discovers compassion at the heart of what it means to be human. Compassion cannot be produced in a factory just as tranquilisers cannot bring about tranquillity. Compassion comes from deep knowing. The Dalai Lama ended on this interesting note: 

I was speaking in a Church and the priest introduced with me with the words: ‘Here is Dalai Lama who is a good Christian.’ After I finished the speech I thanked the Christian priest by saying that he was a good Buddhist. Now, in this World Hindu Congress I wish to say that I was a good Hindu.’

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