dalai lama

How to start your morning ~ The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama offers advice on how to start your mornings:

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

I can especially dig the, “today I am fortunate to be alive” part.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion”

Dear diary: Filed under the category of “transparent dangling carrots,” today I learned/realized that there is a surface reason the Dalai Lama talks about practicing compassion, and also a much deeper reason. It’s really quite a trip, though with my limited knowledge, for all I know it’s turtles stacked on turtles stacked on turtles.

(A diary entry from January 21, 2015. Dalai Lama quote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Image from this link.)

Garry Shandling tells the Dalai Lama a joke alvin January 23, 2016 - 2:09pm

This is from this LionsRoar.com article about where Garry Shandling is in an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. (Shandling is a “longtime mindfulness practitioner in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition,” which I did not know.)

The Dalai Lama is coming to Boulder, Colorado in October, 2015

The Dalai Lama is coming to Boulder, Colorado in October, 2015. Here a few paragraphs from the event’s website:

“His Holiness describes his three primary commitments as promoting human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and discipline; promoting religious harmony with respect for one another’s traditions; and acting as a free spokesperson in the Tibetan struggle for justice.”

What if we all look differently to different people? alvin June 14, 2015 - 12:34pm

A friend always tells me I look like the Chicago Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford (or vice-versa). Yoga friends tell me I look like the Dalai Lama. Programmers say I look like Woz. Others say I look like Colin Powell. People at the Buddhist Geeks Conference always said, “You look familiar, how do I know you?” When I was bartending in college people always mixed me up with some other guy who lived in the “Rio Grande” area of Texas. What if we all look like different things to different people?