Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

I had just had a few moments to crack open a magazine today and happened to pick up the June 14, 2010 edition of Time magazine.

Its”10 Questions” column featured the Dalai Lama, who apparently has a new book out called Toward a True Kinship of Faiths.

This quote really called to me:

In response to the question: “How can we teach our children not to be angry?” He replied:

“I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.”

As we go about doing our own work, how much of what we consider essential, what we truly value, do we take for granted?

The Dalai Lama reminds us that we need be intentional in our actions to create the word we’d like to see.

But I also found in his concern, another request. That as we focus on achievement and producing results, we need to also remind ourselves that our humanity, our societal connections formed from kindness and empathy, are achievements too. And ones we need to work at.

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