On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, I attended the one day visit by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, The Dalai Lama, 76, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and a 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

This greatdalai-lama-talk event was held at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas to about 14,000 attending. The Dalai Lama was joined by Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” and former Martin Luther King, Jr. associate, Vincent Harding, for a panel discussion in Bud Walton Arena.

The Dalai Lama’s Talk, entitled ‘The Path to Non-violence in the New Century: The Way Forward,’ given here in Arkansas, in the South, is, in my opinion, an opening for enlightenment for one and all. In talking about non-violence, He used words like Compassion, awareness, caring, clarity, true happiness and generosity, as Principles in our human lives.

He spoke in simple terms…. of love and forgiveness:

In non-violence, action motivated by compassion and awareness is a Principle we can all follow.

We can love the Actor but not always the Action.

My enemy is my teacher. The non-violence of Jesus’ harmony of forgiveness changes the heart. Tibetans follow same practices of patience, forgiveness and tolerance. The enemy is the opportunity for Action of Compassion. Some action is wrong. Human mentality needs to be compassionate, patient, calm.

dalai-lama-arkansasThe Dalai Lama spoke a lot on Being Satisfied. To have a happy life in the human, to manifest the action, within ourselves and without, of faith in God, which brings an inner peace If there is a solution to problems, there is no need to worry…. and if there is no solution to problems, there is no point in being overwhelmed by them.

It is wonderful to contemplate these messages and to send them out into the world and bless others. If you did not attend or follow the live stream, you can find the morning and afternoon talks online at these links:

  • To view the morning panel discussion—”Turning Swords into Ploughshares: The Many Paths of Nonviolence”—with His Holiness, Sister Helen Prejean, Professor Vincent Harding, and Professor Sidney Burris, click here.
  • To view the afternoon keynote featuring His Holiness—”Nonviolence in the New Century: The Way Forward”—click here.
  • As soon as the transcripts are made available, they will be posted on the University’s Dalai Lama website.