May 5, 2011
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Published By Tashi

Thousands listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Compassion at University of California[Thursday, 5 May 2011, 4:12 p.m.]


Thousands
of people attended His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s public talk on
Compassion and Global Leadership at the University of California in
Irvine on Wednesday.

 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on ‘Compassion and Global Leadership’ at the University of California Irvine on 4 May 2011/Photo by Don Farber

His
Holiness first met with University Chancellor Michael Drake and UC
Irvine XIV Dalai Lama Scholars, a group of students who demonstrate
knowledge of, academic work and belief in leadership as it relates to
ethics, peace and positive national and global relations.His
Holiness was introduced by Chancellor Drake who welcomed him back after
his 2004 visit.  The Chancellor also said that the Dalai Lama
Scholarship was being made international.His Holiness addressed
the crowd of over 5000 by expressing his appreciation of the Dalai Lama
scholars saying this was an indication that his words about educating
in compassion were being taken seriously.Describing calm mind
as a necessary element for cultivating compassion, he said a calm mind
couldn’t be developed when individuals have fear and anger. “A calm
mind is related to self-confidence and inner strength,” he said.He
further said warmheartedness could be brought about through (1) a
theistic belief of total submission to the will of God (2) through a
non-theistic belief in the law of causality and (3) through a secular
way by promoting secular ethics. He said being warmhearted was a
criterion of leadership, which also involved being long sighted, full
of vision and being practical.A questioner asked His Holiness
what would be one change he would choose if he had the capability to
best way to promote inter-religious harmony. Terming it as unrealistic,
he responded that inter-faith harmony through different ways.“It
can be developed by encouraging discussions among scholars so that they
can think about commonality in purpose of all religions and by having
meetings among practitioners such as the one he had with the late
Trappist monk Thomas Merton that enabled him to have good understanding
of Christianity. by having summits of religious leaders like the one
convened by the former Pope in Assisi. The third way is by going on
group pilgrimages to sacred places of the different religions,” His
Holiness said in his response.

 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama enjoying a moment of laughter during his public talk on ‘Compassion and Global Leadership’ at the
University of California Irvine on 4 May 2011/Photo by Cindy Love

His
Holiness then went to address a youth summit that involved bringing
together youth for positive service to the community. The session began
with a special music titled Diversity composed in honour of His
Holiness by a nine-year old piano prodigy Emily Bear.In his
remarks, His Holiness said he was happy to see young boys and girls
actively involved in compassionate activities. His Holiness talked
about the youth being those who will direct where the 21st century
heads as he and some of the others gathered belonged to the 20th
century.His Holiness said much of the tragedy in today’s world
is on account of emphasis on secondary values like nation and religion
instead of having a global outlook.  He called for the need to
inculcate a feeling of global responsibility and to incorporate
teachings in moral ethics in the education system.During the
Question & Answer session His Holiness was asked about his feeling
regarding the fact that there was celebrations at the death of Osama
Bin Laden.  He responded that it would depend on the perspective. He
said from a Buddhist perspective of your enemy being your greatest
teacher, it was sad. But for those who believed in the enemy being the
absolute enemy they would have a different perspective.Among
participants in this session included Will.I.Am from the musical group
The Black Eyed Peas, World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater, and some
others. His Holiness’ next programme is in Minnesota.

 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on
‘Compassion and Global Leadership’ at the University of California
Irvine on 4 May 2011/Photo by Don Farber
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