The Dalai Lama: A Model of Someone Who Has Lost A Lot
Weekly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being
Published July 6th, 2015
The Dalai Lama has spoken about the importance of action and not just prayer to try to make the world a better place. I find that statement quite interesting, especially coming from a monk. It implies a universal responsibility, a need not just to envision a world less filled with suffering, but to help create one.
I have long held him as a model of someone who has lost a lot, been through a lot, and holds compassion as his steady, navigating principle. A lot of us have lost a lot, been through a lot, and just given up, or feel too undone to try to help others. I feel I am a much better person because of his example.
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