In 2009 at the Peace Conference in Canada, the Dalai Lama said, “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” What an amazing word to receive as a women of the West! After reading this, I wanted to delve into more of the Dalai Lama’s teachings. He must see something powerful in us, and I decided that it was my duty to find out how I can best live out my purpose while I’m here on this Earth.
Here are some of the most important teachings—from the expert on the subject.
Achieve Inner Peace to Cultivate a Peaceful Life With Others
How do you cure inner turmoil as fast as possible? We are in the age of instant gratification, where you can get groceries delivered at the click of a button, land a date for tomorrow night by scrolling through a profile of someone, and get a paycheck all without having to go to the bank. It’s instant, and it’s digital—but although you can get anything from a boyfriend to take-out, is it giving you peace of mind? That’s not so easy to order up.
According to the Dalai Lama, a life of compassion is the way.
“There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” In simpler terms, when you come from a place of good and extend yourself to others, to mankind, the end result is more happiness for everyone. And, let’s not forget: the whole purpose to being here is happiness—and to experience it fully, completely and wholeheartedly.
We Are Not Separate, But Connected
It’s easy to look at how we are different from another. You’re white, while I’m black. You’re Jewish, and I’m Catholic. You’re from the city, while I’m in the country. The Dalai Lama says, “No matter what your status in life is, we are part of the same human family. We are all one.” The problem arises when we separate ourselves from others, based on the color of our skin, the religion in which we practice, and the upbringing in which we were raised.” But, take away race, religion, sexual preference and strip us down to the basics—and we’re the same. We all have the exact same basic needs: food, shelter, and water; we all crave love, affection and connection.
When you walk in the understanding of that teaching, it becomes easy to recognize that when you hurt someone, you’re in essence hurting yourself.
Don’t Just Wish For Something—Make It Happen With Actionable Steps
Some people are wishers, and some people are doers. But according to the Dalai Lama, the key to a fulfilling life, are those who wish—with goals and dreams that fill you up and satisfy your ambition—as well as taking actionable steps to make those ‘wishes’ come true.
Life doesn’t hand you a silver spoon. No one owes you your ‘big break.’ And, it’s not up to your boss, that CEO or that investor to give you what you ask for. Stopping short at taking that next move outside of your comfort zone to achieve what you want? Not without putting in the time and effort. When you’re engaged—and by that the Dalai Lama means focused, and with good intentions—you will be able to plant that seed, watch it grow and achieve the garden of your dreams (or the career, family, or income of your dreams!)
Now I’d love to hear from you, how could you begin to embody the teachings of the Dalai Lama in your own life today?