Sunday, April 13, 2008

Seeds of Compassion


As the plight of the Tibetans sticks to the tip of every activist's tongue, the Dalai Lama is in Seattle, working on feeding the next generation some spiritual food. The Seeds of Compassion event (http://www.seedsofcompassion.org/) is happening right now in the Emerald City. It is a noble effort at raising our revolutionaries right. Another great website i found, by checking out the conference: http://www.themindfulparent.org/

From the Seeds of Compassion site:
'Compassion is an understanding of the emotional state of another. Not to be confused with empathy, compassion is often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce the suffering of another or to show special kindness to those who suffer. However, compassion may lead an individual to feel empathy with another person.'

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.”
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Of course all the talk about compassion is overshadowed somewhat among the mainstream media outlets, who clap their hands together at the incredible timing of the Dalai Lama's visit, so soon after the Olympic torch madness. I can profess no better coverage from the source where i am a paid observer. They all want to know "what are you proposing to do about Tibetan freedom?" The Dalai Lama kept the Seattle press corps waiting, savagely poised to turn and burn their tailor-made sound bites, like a pack of hurried Sasquatches, with slick raincoats and shiny shotgun mic's. On the third day of the conference -- that's today -- the Dalai Lama 'finally' made a prepared statement on the conflict surrounding Tibet. The words could have been copied from any published statement he's made in past weeks, but now the puddle-jumping pundits of Seattle can leave their big-foot prints in the trail of stories on Tibet, just like the reporters before them. He says, essentially:

Let foreign journalists and tourists back into Tibet.
Release those who have been arrested in China and elsewhere.
And protest non-violently.

Now back to compassion.
We would all do well to plant these seeds of healing -- to listen to the lessons that people like the Dalai Lama are teaching us, through their work, instead of prying them about 'what they propose to do' about peace. He's already doing it, in the Qwest Center, as i write this.

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