Honoring His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Birthday Wish

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Birthday Wish

This past weekend, on July 6, His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrated his seventy-eighth birthday. His birthday wish, broadcast worldwide, calls for compassion and for actively helping other people and animals, either through direct service or by listening sympathetically. He also calls for everyone to make this embracing of compassion a lifelong habit. You can view and listen to his birthday wish here. What follows are some suggestions in granting this especially altruistic birthday wish.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Wish: Start with Yourself

If you do not have love or compassion for yourself, then how can you have either quality for anyone else? Some ways to instill more compassion within yourself include accepting your body, listening to your body’s needs (rather than wants), daily meditation, metta meditation, and past life guided meditation.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Wish: Relationships with Family and Friends

For fostering compassion among family members and friends, be willing to forgive any past issues or drama. Also, practice effective listening skills: listen with empathy, with the phone down, as family or friends pour out any troubles. However, do keep in mind that compassion and codependency are not the same.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Wish: Your Local Community

Give back to your local community, in time and/or money, whenever you can. Some ways to apply compassion–and amplify it, is to donate your time to a charitable organization: volunteering at a food pantry, teaching someone to read, participating in a local blood drive, helping out at an animal shelter,  or another charity of your choice.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Wish: The Entire World

Do what you can to make the world a better place, through compassion. Give to feed the world’s hungry. Reduce your carbon imprint. Donate blood to the American Red Cross. Do your part to bring clean water to all areas of the world. Help save endangered animals.

When I was a child, my family would go camping during the summer. Before leaving the campsite, we were exhorted to pick up not only our trash but other trash left behind by previous occupants. We learned the lesson to leaving the site more beautiful and pristine than how we originally found it. This lesson can be applied here, directed by compassion.

 

Wolfgang H. Wögerer, Vienna, Austria [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wolfgang H. Wögerer, Vienna, Austria [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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