Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Dalai Lama Hits It Out of the Park

In baseball, when a player "hits it out of the park," the baseball travels far enough for all the players on base to make home runs. That spinning round object sails so far beyond the confines of the playing field, with no possibility of an outfielder catching the ball and striking someone out, that it is a fail-safe way to make it to home plate. It also implies tremendous accuracy and strength on the part of the batter.

The Dalai Lama is far more than a consummate baseball player, although he insists that the reason he has some peace of mind is because he sees himself as no different or better than any other sentient being. And I truly believe him when he says that, based on the way he languages his message and conducts his life.

The core of his talk was streamed live from Berkely, California and entered my heart via the internet. In essence, self-centered interest leads to suffering of all kinds, but seeing "the other" as none other than yourself leads to harmony of all kinds. One could provide infinite examples of why this is true from a scientific and/or psychological viewpoint, but who has time for infinity?

Suffice it to say that what my heart knows to be true was spoken aloud by one of the most respected people on the planet. To appreciate that connection to self, and self-disguised-as-other, truly settles the heart and mind.

Let peace prevail.

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