Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Dalai Lama in South Florida

The Tibetan spiritual leader visited South Florida and spoke to students at Nova Southeastern University.

Sitting cross-legged in a chair onstage in his iconic red and yellow robe, the Dalai Lama covered a variety of topics, including terrorism and war, the economy, Tibet and spirituality in an hourlong speech on ”The Effect of Compassion on the Global Community.”

Stressing the world’s ”fundamental oneness,” he said that ”as soon as we are born on this planet, we have equal rights, every person.” Many of the world’s problems today, he said, ”essentially are our creation. And in the meantime, nobody wants to talk about it. There is too much of a self-centered attitude.”


Peppering his speech with laughter, the Dalai Lama poked fun at Obama’s short hair, which he said ”looks also like a monk,” and pulled his right ear to make fun of Obama’s ears. ”You and me, we are same — same human being,” he said he told the president.

Far be it from me to give advice to religious and spiritual leaders, but folks like Pat Robertson and all those scolds at the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family could learn a thing or two from the Dalai Lama and Buddhism in general. But then again, they wouldn’t make as much money.