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Luncheon reception with His Holiness The Dalai Lama

February 21, 2010

His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama , Los Angeles 2010

February 20, 2010 , Whole Child International , a charity organization dedicated to improving orphanage care-giving,  welcomed His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Los Angeles,  to receive their first Whole Child International Humanitarian Award.

I was honored to be invited  and join this Luncheon Reception held in the Hotel Montage, Beverly Hills,  on the theme of “Children’s Intimate Relationships in the Early Years – the Root of Compassion”.

Among the attendees, were Nilmini Rubin, Senior Member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Ruth Levine from the Center for Global Development; Gary Newton, U.S. Government Special Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children; Robert McCall, Co-Director of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development; along with remarkable, every-child’s-favorite Doctor, Dr. Harvey Karp and his beautiful wife and my friend as well, director & producer Nina Montee Karp.

Karen Gordon, founder of Whole Child International , which is dedicated towards improving the lot of orphans worldwide by shifting the focus in orphan care from speed and efficiency to love and compassion, introduced the organization.

Whole Child International seeks to change in the way orphanages function: management, the caregiver’s relationship to the orphan and the physical environment for the child.

First thing he did when His Holiness The Dalai Lama went up on stage, is to take off his shoes and sit cross legs, comfortable in his chair. “Firstly children are also human beings , and therefore should have human rights. Secondly, our hope for a better future entirely depends on the younger generation.”

His Holiness spoke about Compassion.

“We must build the next generation to be a more compassionate generation. If children receive maximum affection when they are growing up, then they will grow to be better human beings.”

When asked about those motherless children and what is our all responsibility, His Holiness answered: ” Like among many mammals, humans’ big brains is what make us different. ”

” Many problems are our own creation, he continued, because too many emotions have clouded our perspective and we can’t see the big picture.”

Since a calm, more compassionate mind is essential, His Holiness urged families with children to bring up their children to be more compassionate.

“If the planet becomes more compassionate, then many problems automatically cease.” To ensure that humanity is healthy, the next generation should be brought up in a healthy way. “Our whole hope remains with them. They are the humanity of the 21st century.”

What an Honor indeed, to be in that same room with His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama!

Thank YouKaren Gordon , for making this possible. Never Loose Your Vision !

You have all my support and help to ensure that every child gets the chance to become a whole person.

Today, February 21, 2009, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama was interviewed by Larry King for Larry Kind Live CNN, on a private house in Beverly Hills, CA.

Larry King started off by asking about His Holiness’s meeting with President Obama and asked what His Holiness wanted from Obama.

He mentioned his three main commitments: promotion of human values, promotion of religious harmony and the Tibetan issue. His Holiness requested President Obama to urge the Chinese government for dialogue and contact with the Tibetans, and requested help, such as scholarships for Tibetans in refugee communities as well as Tibetans in Tibet.

Larry King asked His Holiness if America could maintain good relations with China while at the same time supporting Tibetan independence. He answered that there was no contradiction in keeping good relations with China and supporting Tibet because they were not seeking independence but a genuine autonomy. ” Our concern is basic rights for the six million Tibetans inside Tibet. Every Tibetan wants a modernized Tibet” and to remain part of China can ensure this. He called his approach the Middle Way approach and stressed, “Our approach is in the best interest of China.”

His Holiness particularly emphasized the role of education in developing compassion so that intellectual development is concurrent with moral development. He urged that children should be taught the value of compassion when they are small. He said that Tibetan parents teach their children not to kill insects and the children grow up to value all life. ”If children do not value insect life, that can be a slippery slope to devaluing all life.” He also pointed out that compassion reduces blood pressure, tension and stress, and induces sound sleep and good digestion. His Holiness said, “The real healing power is compassion.”


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  1. March 22, 2010 6:41 am

    Amazing! The images are beautiful. I loved reading this post.

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