Dalai Lama “Compassion, tolerance and forgiveness”

02/26/2014 4:00 pm0 commentsViews: 31

Los Angeles Independent Wire Service

 Dalia Lama fans in line at the Forum in Inglewood. Photo by Gary McCarthy

Dalai Lama fans in line at the Forum in Inglewood.
Photo by Gary McCarthy

INGLEWOOD  - Speaking on social responsibility to a sellout crowd
at the Forum, the 14th Dalai Lama said today there is a global need for more
compassion, tolerance and forgiveness.
“Whether you accept religion or not, is up to (the) individual,” the
Dalai Lama, the high priest of a form of Buddhism practiced in Tibet and
Mongolia, said. “But so long as we are human being, so long as we are part of
the 7 billion human being, we need compassion.”
He also called on people to serve others and embrace tolerance, saying
everyone has the right to desire a happy life.
“Mentally, emotionally, physically we are same,” the Dalai Lama said.
“We all have same potential. Potential of goodness, potential of badness.”
Maria Shriver, the former first lady of California, said the Dalai
Lama’s message of compassion and peace has never been more needed in the world.
“You are a light in this world,” Shriver said. “Just imagine if we
could all follow his example and become the most compassionate city in the
United States of America. Because if we do, and each one of us is capable of
that, we could truly become a city of angels, like our name.”
The talk was put on by the Lourdes Foundation, which promotes
opportunities and services that cause social change.
Outside the Forum, crowds of protesters rallied for much of the day,
with some accusing the Dalai Lama of religious persecution. Members of the
International Shugden Community contended the Dalai Lama was taking part in the
persecution of thousands of Tibetan exiles who practice a 400-year-old
tradition of praying to the Buddhist Deity Dorje Shugden.
“His words and actions have and are causing millions of people to
suffer by creating division between them and destroying their harmony and
peaceful life,” according to Len Foley, spokesman for the community. “There
have been many incidences where his followers have been incited to extreme
anger with Shugden practitioners, resulting in public humiliation, provocation,
intimidation and threats, including dismissing them from their jobs, refusing
basic and even medical services to them.”
The 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his
nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He is also the first Nobel
Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. He
was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

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