October 23, 2007

The Dalai Lama's Compassionate Vision

Anybody want to try and appropriate compassion to push war after reading the Dalai Lama's Washington Post editorial?

... In the end, whether one is a believer or a nonbeliever, what matters is that one be a good, kind and warmhearted person. A deep sense of caring for others, based on a profound sense of interconnection, is the essence of the teachings of all great religions of the world. In my travels, I always consider my foremost mission to be the promotion of basic human qualities of goodness -- the need for and appreciation of the value of love, our natural capacity for compassion and the need for genuine fellow feeling. No matter how new the face or how different the dress and behavior, there is no significant division between us and other people.

... Amid our perceived differences, we tend to forget how the world's different religions, ideologies and political systems were meant to serve humans, not destroy them.

... Large human movements spring from individual human initiatives. If you feel that you cannot have much of an effect, the next person may also become discouraged, and a great opportunity will have been lost. On the other hand, each of us can inspire others simply by working to develop our own altruistic motivations -- and engaging the world with a compassion-tempered heart and mind.

Go read the whole thing.

Posted by natasha at October 23, 2007 01:49 PM | Religion | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

Thank you for posting this, natasha. It is more timely than you can imagine.

Posted by: Mary at October 23, 2007 10:27 PM