On May 3, wrapped in his crimson robe, a red USC cap on his head, the Dalai Lama sat cross-legged in a white chair at the University of Southern California and spoke about Osama bin Laden and reactions to his death.
His Holiness emphasized the need to find a distinction between the action and the actor; that his action must be brought to justice, but with the actor we must have compassion and a sense of concern. The counter measure, no matter what form it takes, has to be compassionate action, he went on to say. Foregiveness, however, does not mean that one should forget what has been done.
Last month at the University of Limerick, the spiritual leader talked about extending our compassion beyond the world of our friends and “neutral people” to our enemies. “Once your…genuine sense of concern of well-being reaches your enemy then that compassion is genuine trained compassion, unbiased, limitless, infinite. That we can do because of [our] marvelous intelligence.
He gave as an example a Buddhist monk who had spent close to 20 years in a Chinese gulag.
“He told me during that period…he faced some danger…danger of forgetting compassion or losing compassion,” said His Holiness.
According to the Dalai Lama, the greatest hindrances to compassion are anger and hatred, emotions we must learn to control to find true happiness.
The Dalai Lama will be in Minneapolis, Mn., May 7 and 8. On the 8th his will give a public talk on Peace Through Inner Peace. You can watch a live Web cast of his talks, teachings and lectures on his Web site.
He will be in Fayetteville, Ark., on May 11, and Newark, Nj. on May 13 and 14.