Written by Emily Hine.
The Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday Wish Is That We All Live #WithCompassion.
While I love his wish, I say let’s take it a step further: Let’s give His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the gift of global compassion education by mainstreaming compassion training in schools, communities and businesses around the world. From my experience, we are much closer to realizing this dream than we may think.
In 2008, I had the incredible privilege of being one of many organizers of a five-day, large-scale event in Seattle called Seeds of Compassion which featured the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and spiritual leaders from many faith traditions. As 50,000 enthusiastic attendees sat attentively in a packed Seahawks football stadium, the Dalai Lama spoke extensively about the importance of compassion in creating a more peaceful world.
Many of us heard the call to compassionate action that day and so I followed up with the Dalai Lama the next day while I was moderating a discussion. I asked him, “Your Holiness, we have orchestrated a five-day compassion event with 150,000 attendees and millions more who are watching online eager to hear these messages. What is the most important thing we can do to keep this global compassion movement going?” He replied without hesitation, “Compassion education. We must grow compassion education.” Without even thinking how, I promised that we would indeed grow and expand compassion education.
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