39 People, Places & Things….

NUMBER 3: THE DALAI LAMA

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyasto has been a healthy influence on my mind and spirit since I first began to pay more attention to his teachings in the late 1990s.  Funnily enough, it wasn’t for a good decade or so that I was able to fully understand his message to the extent that I would submerge myself in his said words of wisdom.  In more recent years, I have learnt that television and possessions are not as important as we are led to believe.  It’s extremely difficult to break life long cycles of conditioning however, once you do break the shackles, it can be the beginning of a far more enriching life.

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets the audience as he arrives at a talk titled "Beyond Religion: Ethics, Values and Wellbeing" in Boston

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets the audience as he arrives at a talk titled “Beyond Religion: Ethics, Values and Wellbeing” in Boston, Massachusetts October 14, 2012. 

In 1959, The Dalai Lama fled to India and it was from this point that he began to grow as a spokesperson for world peace.  Every now and then when I feel frustrated or angry, I just have to remind myself what The Dalai Lama would do.  The answer?  Smile, laugh and move on.  Not so easy to comprehend at times however with an assertive mind, one can open their horizons up to the safe knowledge that despite all the bad things that may happen in ones life, the world will indeed continue to rotate.

More than anything, I admire The Dalai Lama for his outspoken and forthright views on capitalism.  You could do a lot worse in life than reading up on a truly extrodinary human being, one of kindness and compassion with a heart as big as the world itself.  Truly inspirational.  So much so that even writing a few short words about him has already left me feeling a little more relaxed than when I was at the very start of this particular blog.

If one can be at peace with oneself than nothing will stand in his or her way.

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