I read the news every morning. I feel it is my duty to be aware of what is happening in the world outside of my house. I turn to both CNN and the BBC. This particular day I read the news article about India’s relationship with the Dalai Lama and its relationship with China. Which then led me to FreeTibet.com. Which eventually led me to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s official website. After taking a really good look around, I was drawn to his message of Compassion and the Individual. This is what I found.
I would like briefly to expand my thoughts beyond the topic of this short piece and make a wider point: individual happiness can contribute in a profound and effective way to the overall improvement of our entire human community.
Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister. No matter how new the face or how different the dress and behavior, there is no significant division between us and other people. It is foolish to dwell on external differences, because our basic natures are the same.
Ultimately, humanity is one and this small planet is our only home, If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of universal altruism. It is only this feeling that can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another.
If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self- worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others.
I believe that at every level of society – familial, tribal, national and international – the key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities.
I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion.
I am going to print this message out and tape it to the wall that I stare at every morning behind my computer. This is one of the most important lessons and teaching I can strive to achieve and teach my own children as well.
Compassion, my friends, is truly the first step to change this world we live in.