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The Dalai Lama Speaks on Compassion, Peace, and Enlightened Thought

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The Dalai Lama noted that Buddhists do not believe in using force or violence, and said, "We have to find a new way of thinking, a new way of approach, when we face problems "" rather than a reliance upon force, a tendency he gently accused the U.S. of using too liberally.

He encouraged the use of a general sense of compassion "as a seed," and then employing human intelligence to develop it.

The Dalai Lama offered these steps:

1. In order to develop a realistic approach to solving a problem, we must study the reality of the problem.
2. In order to be able to discern the reality, our mind must be calm. Too much negativity, hatred or anger, makes your mind one-sided. "The one-sided mind cannot see the reality objectively," he noted.
3. The practice of compassion can help to develop a calm mind, capable of greater discernment.


Dalai Lama at the College of William and Mary 10-10-12 by Meryl Ann Butler


The Dalai Lama noted that even animals practice compassion; a baby animal's survival depends on its mother's compassion. All mammals have, by nature, what he said could be called limited compassion. Noting that is the biological factor, he termed it "general compassion."


Then His Holiness explained that Human Compassion is general compassion that has been enhanced by intelligence. He believes that humans have the capacity to extend our love and compassion beyond our own loved ones,  to strangers and even enemies.

He said, "Our existence, our joyfulness, very much depends on the rest of community," noting that cultivating positive peace in the community results in a happier life for everyone. "A human being is a social animal" a happy (future) depends on the community."

Animals can't analyze like this, he noted. The ability to intellectually analyze long-term benefits is a human trait.

His Holiness offered another story. He shared that while he owns a television, at one point, he had not turned it on in two years.

Shocked, a young person from India asked, "Then, how do you pass your time?"


Dalai Lama at the College of William and Mary 10-10-12 by Meryl Ann Butler


His Holiness smiled and paused, and his reply drew much laughter: "I think."

He acknowledged that it is hard for humans to love an enemy, but it is not required to love their actions, only their humanity.

"(Every one) has every right to achieve a happy life."


Dalai Lama at the College of William and Mary 10-10-12 by Meryl Ann Butler


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