On another occasion His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivered a stirring message to thousands of followers in Melbourne, saying that while money may provide temporary material happiness, the key to true inner peace lies with Compassion and affection. Another great book on that very same message is 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
During his talk on the true meaning of happiness, His Holiness advocated forgiveness, tolerance and patience; also claiming that the frustration and loneliness suffered by mankind was caused by the replacement of affection with greed, and that the way to create a happier world than the one we live in was to bring back that affection to society. Dalai Lama's words and message are very similar to what Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who pioneered the use of radio and television for preaching the Christian message, wrote 50 years ago in his book Way to Inner Peace.
He also spoke of the importance of instilling sound morals in our children "from kindergarten to university", asking his Australian audience to "please raise the next generation compassionately". In a televised interview with popular '7pm Project' presenter Dave Hughes on Tuesday night, the Dalai Lama also said that though his life was busy it was 'meaningful busy', and that made it worthwhile. Check out his book on How to Practice a Meaningful Life. Indeed, when you read his autobiography in his book called Freedom In Exile, his life has been and continues to be an ongoing stand for the rights of his people to have political and religious freedom. Even in exile he lives compassionately. His inner peace allows him to forgive those who ran him out of his country and to be a voice for peace between nations and peoples. Without forgiveness there is no inner peace and no reconciliation with others. A personal growth counselor and psychotherapist, Philip H. Friedman, PhD, wrote an excellent book called The Forgiveness Solution: The Whole-Body Rx For Finding True Happiness, Abundant Love, and Inner Peace. Click here.
His message was well received by the people of Melbourne, who evidently found great comfort in his words. One audience member, a soon-to-be father, told journalists the experience had given him confidence for the future of his children, and that he hoped "to give my child a lot of affection and put them on a journey that they'll learn a lot from." In regard to the Dalai Lama, the man added that "he is a person that always transcends religion ... the things he says aren't just strictly from a Buddhist perspective, they're from humanity's perspective." Although he does not share with us our belief in the one true God his attitude and lifestyle connects very closely with the teachings of Christ.
Of all the Buddhist traditions (and there are many), it is the Tibetans who have most actively reached out to Christians. The Dalai Lama told us that while he is in dialogue with all the great world religions, he cherishes a special relationship with Christians. Read The Good Heart. In some important spiritual dimensions, we Christians have more in common with the Tibetans than with Zen or Vipasyana practitioners. Though Tibetan Buddhists do not believe in our God, they seem more friendly to the devotional sensibility of Christians, and in their Tibetan tantric practices more inclined to see the fundamental importance of the I-Thou encounter. Like us Christians, the Tibetans sense a deep relationality in their “emptiness”. It is in our "emptiness" that we open ourselves to the divine compassion and inner peace. Creating Inner Peace & Calm is an excellent audiobook for meditation.Some Dalai Lama humour.
What did the Dalai Lama say to the hot dog vendor?
Make me one with everything.
The hot dog vendor said "that will be $2.50" and the Dalai Lama handed him a five.
The Dalia Lama said "Hey where's my change?"
The hot dog vendor said "change must come from within"