Thursday, October 18, 2007

give peace a chance

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 with the world with a compassion-tempered heart and mind.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (born 1935)

unfortunately I wasn't in washington yesterday when HH received the congressional medal of honor. the picture above was taken during a once in a lifetime moment a few years back when I actually got a brief audience with HH. the quote is from an acticle that will be appearing in the washington post on october 21. great article. read it now, click here.

picture: me and HH. what can I say, one incredibly wise dude! okay, I admit I gave him a hug and I thanked him for all he has done, that hug changed my life. (how can one not hug HH when they meet him???) thanks d for making this moment possible!


Laney said...

cool photo, what a wonderful oppurtunity..The quote is awesome as always.

Reya Mellicker said...

I did go to see HH - more wonderful even than the fact that Congress awarded him the medal, more wonderful even that his words of peace and compassion, was the crowd on the Capitol lawn. It was so varied, completely unlike the crowds that attend the demonstrations. There was no feeling of strife whatsoever - I always feel strife at demos, even the ones I want to attend. Demos are about being AGAINST something, like being AGAINST pro-choice, AGAINST the war in Iraq.

Everything the Dalai Lama said yesterday indicated that he is truly a non-aggressive person. It was incredible to put his formidable energy up against the usual scrapping and arguing, power struggling that's part of life in Congress.

Though, as someone once pointed out to me, anyone who spends 12 hours a day meditating on compassion is going to end up being a great human being.

Great pic! Wish you had been here.

Reya Mellicker said...

(Should say I'm definitely PRO choice, but I wanted to show that the energy at all demos is the same, never mind the topic at hand.)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

You met the Dalai Lama? You met the Dalai Lama! Wow, how very, very special. And how wonderful to have a photo to celebrate that meeting! He is just such a remarkable man. Off to read the article now.

jenclair said...

He is a remarkable man. Great picture...something to treasure.

kimy said...

ll - yes, way too cool!

rm - I can imagine what you mean. however, when we stand side-by-side with others I think we can consider our demonstrations in the positive. we are FOR PEACE! we are for for a woman's autonomy * control over her own body.

when I met HH, I had the good fortune to have to wait 'behind the scenes' as it were while he finished up with a private audience with a large group of tibetan monks and let me say, he can be scrappy! although he is definitely non-violent and non-aggressive, he can be very, very stern!

had to chuckle at the remark about the meditating, but I think he only meditates for 6 hours a day! doable, n'est-ce pas? tee hee!

wish I was there with you!

av - I still pinch myself!

jc - a treasure and an image that can return me to center pretty quickly!


Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

That's pretty heady stuff. A friend of mine recently had a job interview with a woman that had an hour for him before she headed off to see HH and she got drunk on martinis during the interview (he's a non-drinker). He didn't get the job, and it struck me as a tad odd to do that before meeting someone of that importance.

Now I can't think of the Dalai Lama without picturing that woman tanking up as if she were on her way to see "Mama Mia!"

I'm sure your encounter was much more respectful!

kimy said...

jt - yikes! what a tale! did this woman not know who exactly HH is!? I'd love to have been a fly on the wall for that meeting.

yes, yes, my meeting was quite respectful. however, I did get swept away by the emotional power of being in HH's presence and instantly him a hug! how can you not hug people you love? personally resistance is futile - I will hug. always.

jude said...

holy moly

Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I think a hug is totally appropriate. However, showing up drunk is not. Needless to say, my friend was actually happy he didn't get the job.

Pod said...

how lucky thou art!
thanks for your visit over at my place!
have a soothing weekend!