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Lions Roar : July 2019
though he still carries an entire culture on his shoul- ders and, in so many ways, the whole world, too. Impermanence has brought him suffering, even as it brings him confidence that the political situation of today will not last forever. When I enter his hotel room after breakfast, I see a copy of the morning’s newspa- per wide open on a table, and a telescope directed out the window to see how the constellations look from this particular destination. For eighty years now, ever since he mounted the Lion Throne in Lhasa, His Holi- ness has made the most of his front seat view on history; he assesses every latest development in Myanmar or the Ukraine to see how it can help him better understand right action and global responsibility. The last time I talked with him in private, last November, His Holiness said that he felt the world is going through “some kind of emotional crisis” right now. The only cure for this, he went on, is training the mind—finding that part of us that knows how to see beyond destructive emotions and difficult circumstances and find the openings within them. What all humanity is crying out for, he said, in this time of panic and rage and prejudice, is “emotional disarmament.” That’s available to everyone, I thought. Regardless of your station in life or your reli- gious background. It’s as universal as the sci- ence he so cherishes, and open to the “inves- tigation and research and analysis” he always urges. You can test the results and find out what works—what truly brings happiness to you and those around you. It’s a skill that every human being carries within, whenever any of us chooses to access it. As the Dalai Lama wrapped me in an embrace so warm and enfolding that I can feel it still, I was reminded: by sharing with the whole world his confidence, his attention, his strength, and his kind heart, the Dalai Lama’s gift is to showuswhoanyoneofuscanbe,ifonlywe accept the invitation. ♦ “The bright-eyed, earnest philosopher I met when he was in his thirties is eighty-four this summer. He still carries an entire culture on his shoulders and, in so many ways, the whole world too.” MICHAELOCHSARCHIVES/STRINGER LION’S ROAR | JULY 2019 44