Thursday: Importance of the Arts—Religion

Back in 2001 I was working on the event staff at the McKay Events Center. One of my shifts was during the Dalai Lama’s visit to the university. I was in such awe of him, his beautiful teachings and his love for humankind.

I was also terribly disappointed, as I looked around not even 1/2 of the bleachers were full of people. What a disappointment that so many people missed out on the beautiful messages of an amazing man. This would have been a once in a lifetime opportunity to see him and learn from him.

Don’t forget to teach your children from things outside you circle.

Teaching from the Dalai Lama

“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.”

Dahli Lama

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