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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Maximum Love

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of listening to the Dalai Lama speak about compassion and positive thinking.

The Buddhist leader, wearing his traditional red and orange robes and a UC Irvine Anteaters visor cracked himself up more than once as he shared his message of peace and understanding. He explained that the problem we face with unhappiness is of our own creation, fed by too much stress, worry and frustration. He said we need a calm mind to see reality clearly.

According to the Dalai Lama, the goal of education should be to β€œdevelop sensible, compassionate leaders who are realistic and warmhearted.” He also stressed the importance of respect for all religions – and nonbelievers as well – which elicited cheers from the crowd of almost 5000 people.

When asked by a UC Irvine student how to obtain world peace, he fondly recalled his own mother being very kindhearted and said that "family has the real responsibility for making the world a better place and that we should make our homes a warm atmosphere, pay attention and provide maximum love, affection and compassion to our children". I love this, believe it wholeheartedly and I'm going to put it on my refrigerator.

What a delightful afternoon.

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Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Thank you for sharing his wise words, Tonya.

May 5, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Soge shirts said...

That is awesome Tonya. So wonderful of you to share his words. Had I known he was at UCI I probably would have gone up there. Love his peaceful messages.

May 5, 2011 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Such wise words.. I wish more people took them to heart. We really would be closer to world peace then.

May 5, 2011 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

That quote should be a refrigerator magnet on all of our fridges, Tonya! What a cool experience you had. And to think he was right there in your own backyard! And I was just there last month!!

May 5, 2011 at 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so, so jealous! He spoke at Rutgers a few years ago, but I had to work.

Thanks for sharing his message -- it is inspiring!

May 5, 2011 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger cath said...

I had to tweet that Tonya...simple yet the truth in those words shines..thanks for sharing!
(@jonesbabie on Twitter)

May 6, 2011 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

That is truly AWESOME!! I think I'll be posting that on my fridge as well! Thank you for sharing, and Happy Mother's Day!!

May 6, 2011 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

What a great person to hear speak. I would love to go to that but since I can't thank for sharing his words of wisdom. The family is very important and should be the foundation for a caring place.

May 6, 2011 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Cam - Bibs and Baubles said...

that's a beautiful message and right on time. i was just having the conversation with a colleague about what we can do to change things. I think the Dalai Lama said it all right there.

May 6, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Nichole said...

Remember how happy I was for you the night you saw Dave up close and personal last summer?
That's how I'm feeling now.
I so wish I could have been there with you.

May 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Anonymous MamaRobinJ said...

What an amazing message, and how wonderful for you to be able to see him. I'd love to.

May 7, 2011 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

What an amazing experience Tonya. Thank you for sharing his words with us.

Happy Mother's Day to one of my favorite mommies!

May 8, 2011 at 4:39 AM  
Blogger Sophie said...

Thanks for sharing, Tonya!

May 17, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

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