5/24/2013

Seed of Compassion in Self and Society

"If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come." - Dalai Lama
"Biologically women care more, so its not wrong to say, men create the problems." - Dalai Lama
In this video above, Dalai Lama is talking about his favorite topic!
Recently I attended the public teaching of His Holiness Dalai Lama in Louisville, KY at the end of a week-long 2013 Festival of Faiths. He began the teaching on Monday by reinstating some of the material he talked about the previous Sunday.

Dalai Lama mentioned the importance of the great role of mothers in society in imparting a sense of security, safety and the seed of compassion to children in the first seven years of life. Without this (my  interpretation) unspoken non-verbal emotional transmission of love, empathy and compassion children and siblings grow up with some sense of inner insecurity, little bit of fear and doubt. This affects the siblings' relationship within the family and their ability to form a self-secure relationship with a partner later in life. I had a big 'Aha' moment when my own partner of 27 years took my hand and agreed with that statement!

In our fast-paced technology-driven modern culture not just men but women are too hard-pressed to nurture that seed of basic goodness (basic sanity, maitri and karuna) within them.
Are women better equipped to lead with Compassion? Dalai Lama thinks so. He even sees the possibility of next Dalai Lama being a 'Woman'.
See HHDL's Interview here. Can we change the course of our own lives, the course of human society and human history through awake choices we make today, this year?


Women are often the main upholders and supporters of a religion or faith or movement. This was certainly so with Buddhism when it was at its beginnings, and hence we are able to find a good deal about them in those portions of the Pali canon known as the Vinaya-pitaka and the Sutta-pitaka. The Vinaya, which comprises the rules and regulations for monastic discipline, contains two sections: the Bhikkhunivibhanga and the Bhikkhunikhandhaka, both of which deal with the conduct nuns, or bhikkhunis, and female probationers should observe, and with the legislation that was laid down for the proper management of their Order — now unfortunately extinct. In the Buddha's times, however, it seems that quantities of women became nuns, so as to seek for peace, inner and outer, self-mastery, the light of knowledge, and so on, and perhaps especially for various forms of that freedom which lies at the very heart and center of the Buddha's Teaching: 
"As this great ocean has but one taste, that of salt, so has this Dhamma but one taste, that of freedom." I. B. Horner 

"We don’t have a right to ask whether we’re going to succeed or not. We only have a right to ask what’s the right thing to do and do it." Wendell Berry (April 2013)