Friday, October 15, 2010

The Dalai Lama at Stanford University

I cannot find a word to describe this amazing man. He is just incredible. I attend his teachings and public talks every year, and sometimes he repeats what he says, but each time he says it genuinely. It never sounds like an automatic routine phrase. What's so impressive is that he says something new every year on the important topics such as peace and compassion which rather tend to be static. Despite his super busy schedule he's always a head of us. Needless to say that he is always "present." His tireless work always inspires me, and makes me think what I can do.


Several Tibetans came to the hotel to welcome His Holiness. They all wore chuba (Tibetan traditional clothing) and brought kata (white scarf). The Dalai Lama greets everyone so warmly. I have seen him do this everywhere, and it always impresses me. Meeting thousands of people for many years does not stop him being kind and warm. That is rare and extraordinary! All Tibetans were teary with joy.


This young Tibetan mother was fortunate to receive a name from the Dalai Lama directly for her newborn baby! このチベタンのお母さん女性は幸運にもダライラマ法王から最近生まれた赤ちゃんの名前をいただくことができました。

The evening of my fist day in Stanford ended with a dinner with my dear teacher/friend, Kushok Paljor la. He is the Dalai Lama's personal assistant for the last thirty years, and he takes a good care of His Holiness. He is kind, warm, caring and funny, and to me he's like a bodhisattva. He always says to me, "Rima, you must study hard. You must meditate. That is what I want you to do. We all get old one day. When you study dharma and learn to meditate it helps you to stay happy during your last days." What can I say to that...? Truly nothing. What a gift that is.


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