The Dalai Lama’s Visit

The past week the citizens of Louisville had a most awesome visitor. The Dalai Lama, a true man of God, graced our shores and imparted his plea for a more compassionate world and more compassionate people.

He spoke to a variety of age groups. As usual, the group who most soaked up his wisdom and hope was the young people. I have had the distinct honor of being in his Holiness’ present twice. I would have been there again except my health no longer allows me to move about as before.

I have seen the glow, the spirit and the message that he inspires in the young. There is a reverence one feels in his presence that you never want to leave you. He answers questions easily that most would have to give long thought to and his message is always so timely and so beautifully given. He was asked about the many different regions he visits and about attending church. His Holiness replied, ” If you go to church without compassion in your heart for your neighbor or fellow man, you have gone for the wrong reasons.”

The Dalai Lama is the exiled leader of Tibet, having left his homeland when forced to flee by the Chinese. He has been spreading the word of love and compassion in all parts of the world for over 50 years.

I know many of you have taken advantage of a chance to see and listen to him. If you missed this most recent appearance, please grasp the opportunity if you are fortunate to have the good luck to do so again.

I leave you with these words of his Holiness.

When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lima said, “Man,¬† because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.¬† Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health, and then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present. The result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he just lives like he is never going to die, and then dies never having lived.”

I shall never forget those words, because they illustrate the path of a wasted life.


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