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Lions Roar : May 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2010 58 (as he did once in telling me how tears come to his eyes when thinking of the Buddha, or any act of kindness). “Infinite altru- ism. That shows us the purpose of our life.” That applies even to the media, he goes on, as it can “make clear to the people what reality is” (and I recall how, the previous year, in Japan, he’d said that he thinks of the Buddha as a scientist, whose main aim is to show us reality, objectively, empirically, precisely). “The media should have a long nose, as long as an elephant’s nose. smell, in front and behind, make clear what’s happening. Media people have great potential to help humanity.” Throughout the trip, he’s been asking people—scientists, pol- iticians, journalists, and now schoolgirls—to go to Tibet, if they have the chance, just to tell the world what’s happening there. Don’t listen to Tibetan propaganda, he says; don’t listen to Chi- nese. Just give us a neutral, factual account of how people are living there since the area was blocked from media investigation in March 2008. a doctor who can’t see his patients, or even hear what’s happening with them, is at a loss. and asked once more what he does when he can’t succeed, he reminds his audience of some of the brighter sides of imper- PICo Iyer: your holiness, many people in the united states are suffering because of the recent economic downturn. you’ve seen so much loss in your life and yet you remain so confident. how do the rest of us find confidence when our lives are unraveling? The DaLaI LaMa: yes, this is quite serious and very sad. I feel that those people who just think about money, people whose whole hope is based on money, have found this global economic crisis much more of a disturbance than others have. Then there are people with different values. yes, money is important to them— after all, without work, without money you can’t survive. But for people who are full of love and compassion, whose values are based on family, neighbors, community, I think they’re much happier, even though they’re having the same difficult experiences. I think it’s good to be reminded that there are limitations. Many years ago, when the Japanese economy was growing very rapidly, I said during a visit there that it might not always be like that. When the Japanese economy started to have problems, some economists and businessmen there said they appreciated my view. The present crisis in the world economy is the result of too much greed, speculation, hypocrisy, and lies. But if we are honest and realistic, then these kinds of things might not happen. Mary roBInson: given that we’ve had this crisis because of, as you said, greed and hypocrisy, how do we get to a more ethical, fairer globalization? Love Makes the Difference The Dalai Lama draws lessons for all of us from his own experience deal- ing with difficult times. From a conversation with Mary Robinson, former prime minister of Ireland and U.N. high commissioner for human rights, moderated by Pico Iyer and presented by The Tibet Fund. The Dalai Lama with Mary Robinson