The Dalai Lama, bodhisattva of compassion, is one of my personal heroes. I had the honour of shaking his hand in Dharamsala and receiving his blessing, and the energy and light that poured through him were incredible.
My last blog was about the Zen concept of “beginner’s mind.” To me the Dalai Lama perfectly embodies this way of being. He doesn’t ‘try’ to be this way, he just is.
I recently posted a YouTube interview of the Dalai Lama and Reverend Desmond Tutu that portrays this very well. It’s brimming with both child-like innocence and Buddha-like wisdom. The Dalai Lama’s gleeful and joyous laughter is juxtaposed with his astute and mindful commentary.
It is no small wonder that this man has received so much attention from the world at large. He is not only celebrated and venerated in spiritual circles, but also well known and respected by politicians and the general public. He has undeniable charisma and magnetism that comes from his non-stop selfless giving of energy and love.
His Holiness has inspired many peaceful and uplifting gatherings around the globe, which is a tribute to his unwavering compassion and heartfelt outpouring of goodwill to all beings. Once, when I saw him speak at an event in Toronto, the energy seemed almost like you could touch it. For me, the gift of being in his presence is not so much what he says, but how he seems to include all of us with his gracious style and generous laughter.
The Dalai Lama gives off a sense of harmony and balance that many have been blessed to bask in. His selfless compassion, energy and light encourage us all to strengthen our divine connection and to share our love and laughter with the world.