Posts Tagged ‘Dalai Lama’

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What Would The Dalai Lama Say? A Reflection on Hurricane Irene

August 27, 2011

This week I will experience an earthquake and a hurricane.

Is there karma here? Am I (are we) being sent a message?

I only think of this because when I covered the Dalai Lama in May, a journalist from Japan was also there and he asked His Holiness about the recent tsunami, “did the people of Japan do something to bring this on ourselves?”

I thought it was a fascinating question and one I would never have thought of.  But as a Buddhist, the journalist was himself soul searching how such a catastrophe could befall a people.

The Dalai Lama gave a characteristically in depth, if rambling,  response.  No, it wasn’t the fault of the Japanese people, I recall him discerning,  but calamities are a time to reflect on our interactions with each other and our spirituality, in the context of promoting a peaceful world.

If Hurricane Irene climbs the East Coast as violently as the experts predict, I hope what follows in her wake is a time of neighbor helping neighbor, repairing and rebuilding with integrity, and a new commitment by all to the people and values that matter most.

 

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Meeting The Dalai Lama

May 13, 2011

He’s from Tibet and must crave the cold. That’s what we decided while covering the Dalai Lama. The air conditioning in the hotel ballroom where he was about to hold a press conference intermittently plunged into the freezing zone.

But I also appreciate a chill in the air. I think clearly and feel sharper. And when you’re about to meet the Dalai Lama, clear and sharp is what you need to be.

The Dalai Lama is in Newark, New Jersey to participate in a conference on global peace and he took questions from journalists Thursday before the launch of the peace summit.

I asked the Dalai Lama if it’s ever ok for someone to be killed in the name of justice, like Osama Bin Laden. The Dalai Lama made some comments in California last week that left people feeling he believed Bin Laden’s death was justified. In his answer to my question the Dalai Lama said he feels Bin Laden was already a “defeated” man and believes his death at the hands of the U-S military was wrong. He also acknowledged all of the people who disagree with his thinking.

After 45 minutes of answering questions…The Dalai Lama left the stage and as he did, looked my direction, paused, gave a quick bow of his head and shook my hand.  It was an extraordinary moment that I will remember the rest of my life.