Thursday, April 26, 2007
THE HUMAN APPROACH
The Maui News / AMANDA COWAN photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
On Wednesday John and I volunteered at the public talk by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama here on Maui. John was assigned as an usher inside the stadium while I was assigned a post at the VIP security tent. We met some interesting folks throughout the day who were full of good stories about Maui. After the talk had finished we were to walk around the stadium and clean up the plastic bottles left by the crowd which was well over 10,000 people. There were a few people who were having hissy fits about not being allowed to bring their bags into the event, which I found odd on a day that was suppossed to be all about peace and compassion. As the Dalai Lama said "Greeting problems with anger only produces more anger". Wise man.
We did get to see and hear the Dalai Lama speak off and on (we were working) as he offered a commentary on the teaching "Eight Verses for Training the Mind". The teaching comes from the collection of Mahayana literature known as lojong - Mind Training. He spoke of compassion, happiness and the tricks the mind plays when perceiving reality itself.
Here are 2 links that can describe the event much better than I can.
DALAI LAMA: Compassion at the center
DALAI LAMA: Meeting of minds, culture