By worldpoetry on September 22, 2006 - 10:54am
World Poetry Reporter’s Reflections by Ariadne Sawyer.
The World Poetry Cafe and CFRO, 102.7 fm gave me the honour to be able to attend the Dalai Lama Dialogues in Vancouver. This was the first time that I had "official"press accreditation. I was so excited about going to see his His Holiness. Thank you all!
This short piece is one of several that will be aired on the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show every Tuesday night in the place of Creativity Rocks on 102.7 fm, CFRO at 9:30 pm . To hook up to the internet go to(www.coopradio.org . Also the featured musician for October will be Tamara Rhodes.
1) The Dalai Lama and Youth:
Nurturing Compassion Dialogue.
On September 10th, H.H. the Dalai Lama shared the stage of the Orpheum Theatre with young secondary students from the lower mainland in the study and discussion of compassion. He spoke of the need to have compassion for oneself, then the family, community, country, planet all the way to the universe. His Holiness made the distinction between the need for unbiased compassion and biased compassion. Unbiased compassion includes all sentient beings, the environment and even enemies. Sometimes if you treat your enemy with respect and compassion, they may even change and become your friend. Biased compassion is only for a few and may be used for religious, political or other factors and can create division and separation. This leads to unrest and wars.
“The realization that we are all basically the same human beings who seek happiness and try to avoid suffering is very helpful in developing a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood; a warm feeling of love and compassion for others.