Humble Night: Dalai Lama, Dave Matthews

I would love to share my experience that I had this week-end with you.

Last night inner peace talks: The Nobel Peace Prize winner arrived in Seattle... Cultivating Compassion

“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.”

Despite the recent hardship in Tibet, THE DALAI LAMA, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, is in Seattle this week for "Seeds of Compassion.” The message…Compassion

As part of the Concert for Compassion, Matthews joins the Dalai Lama and broadcast journalists and NBC veteran Ann Curry for a dialogue at 4:30 p.m. about "building bridges -- how the emotions experienced through music unify and ultimately serve to create global compassion.

“Now it’s time to start female rule,” the Dalai Lama said with a big smile.
Matthews then praised his mother for teaching him values that kept him out of gangs as a teen. “I always thought my mother should be queen of the world,” he said.
Responded his Holiness; “My compassion comes from my mother’s affection.”

This touched my heart deeply. I thought to myself: This is what matters!

His message… Compassion is an understanding of the emotional state of another. Not to be confused with empathy, compassion is often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of another or to show special kindness to those who suffer. However, compassion may lead an individual to feel empathy with another person.

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama


raquel roysdon said...

Oh Christine, What an absolutely fabulous moment in your life. Wish I were there.

April 13, 2008 at 12:22 PM
Beth Anderson said...

Dave is the most awesome human being. He's heart is deep.

April 13, 2008 at 9:46 PM
Ellen said...

What a beautiful experience Christine, thanks so much for sharing!
I've just blogged about Seeds of Compassion myself, I really think this is an incredibly significant initiative. Children are our future, and if there any chance of working together to nurture their ability for compassion, it will indeed lead to a better future for all of us..
And what better way to teach compassion than by (trying to) practicing it yourself!

The Dalai Lama's viewpoints, even more now in recent developments in Tibet, are an incredible source of inspiration for doing just that.

April 16, 2008 at 7:47 AM
Gregorio said...

I'm glad I ran into your site this is a very important issue and it should not just be reserved for the Tibetan issues.The whole world can benefit from compassion and it starts with one positive thought.On my blog if you choose to visit,I wrote some thing to this effect.You will find it in my archive as "New Year 2008".I would love for you to help spread the word.Dave is a wonderful human being.Thanks Christine for your post.I wish you love and kindness,take care:):):)

April 16, 2008 at 11:08 AM
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