“When I meet someone,” the Dalai Lama said, referencing an important theme, “I always try to relate to the person on the basic human level. On that level, I know that, just like me, he or she wishes to find happiness, to have fewer problems and less difficulty in their life. Whether I am speaking with one person, or whether I am giving a talk to a large group of people, I always see myself first and foremost as just another fellow human. That way, there is in fact no need for introduction.
If, on the other hand, I relate to others from the perspective of myself as someone different- a Buddhist, a Tibetan, and so on- I will then create walls to keep me apart from others. And if I relate to others, thinking that I am the Dalai Lama, I will create the basis for my own separation and loneliness. After all, there is only one Dalai Lama in the entire world. In contrast, if I see myself primarily in terms of myself as a fellow human, I will then have more than seven billion people who I can feel deep connection with. And this is wonderful, isn’t it? What do you need to fear or worry about when you have seven billion other people who are with you?”
happenstance. your life. and choice.
inquiry for today~ what shows up for you in the trance of the unreal “other?”
May you be healthy,
May you be happy.
May you ride
The waves of your life.
May you live in peace,
May you savor
Ive struggled to understand why this is not a natural state? It has brought me a measure of success in my job over the years, and puzzled even the most devout, who would seek retribution for wrongs rather than forgiving the confessors …
fear. so much fear. yet the openness and the release of fear allows us to connect and alleviate fear. thanks g.f.s…