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Why Is the Dalai Lama Wearing a Tiny Visor?

 by Julie Hanus


Tags: health and wellness, modern virtues, the proverbial pursuit, complaint, lessons, Dalai Lama, Go Yoga Jane,

Audience view of the Dalai Lama at Radio City Music Hall

It's Friday, so I thought I'd take a momentary break from depressing BP blog posts and FDA-directed fury, and write about something positive. And this, well, this is a lesson that never goes out of style:

As Go Yoga Jane reports, The Dalai Lama was recently in New York to teach at Radio City Music Hall, where he handled the brightly-lit stage by wearing a small visor to shield his eyes. A mentor of Jane’s was there, and Jane relays the visor’s significance:

Instead of asking the stage managers to change the lighting to his liking, [the Dalai Lama] turns it into a lesson. Work with things as they are.

We have moments every day to employ this lesson. It is so habitual to want to change, fix, complain about and control our environment. We spend quite a bit of energy doing so. Truthfully, most of what we spend time changing or fixing isn’t permanent anyway. There might be a little relief but then organically things return to their natural state.

Here is a little experiment which might be fun: Take one week out of your life and try to just deal with things as they are without the need to change them. It’s going to be hard … yes. Obviously if it affects your safety that doesn’t count. Common sense. I mean just the dumb little things that drive you crazy. The things you habitually complain about that really don’t matter.

Source: Go Yoga Jane

Image by Perfecto Insecto, licensed under Creative Commons. 

ralph marshall
6/8/2010 11:45:44 AM

People are each unique. There are those who clomp through the world expecting the universe to rotate around them. Of these, perhaps a small percentage may recognize that about themselves and an even smaller percentage might decide to try to be better, more considerate to others. The rest of us already do this daily; moment to moment. In fact, some of us are too sensitive to clamor for change, too easily satisfied by things as they are and must work to be more assertive. Life appears in a crack in the environment and then works a two-prong strategy: To adapt to the environment and to adapt the environment to it. In the second sense, life literally creates its own environment. Humans have had an ability to mold the environment around them more than any other animal for a long time (fire, cities, agriculture, animal husbandry). And with the accumulation of knowledge and technology can now literally chose a world model and work to make it reality. The question now becomes WHICH world do we wish to live in. Our early efforts were simply to survive and become prosperous. It was self(family, tribe, nation) centered and has created the world around us. Environmental degradation and self-righteous war-making are simply results of the self-absorbed lives of some and the complacent roll-with-the-punches attitude of others.


ralph marshall
6/8/2010 11:42:09 AM

Sorry for the double click above. If I knew a way to cancel one, I would. My post was also too rambling for one box and here is the remainder. And this is (I think) the writers point: To not constantly insist on our way. But again, many of us do not have this problem. It is actually time for us to become More insistent on change. If something is bothering you, then it is most likely bothering someone else as well. If something is making the future less secure, less prosperous, then it Must be addressed. What world do we wish to create then? Shall it be the continuation of Materialism? The us versus them mentality? Or.. shall we discuss amongst ourselves what it means to be spiritual and move in that direction. This, of course, is a different discussion and is actually happening all around us. To those who are too willing to let the environment dictate our lives I say, speak out, join clubs, find compatriots and like-minded souls and expand your circles of friendship.


ralph marshall
6/8/2010 11:36:38 AM

People are each unique. There are those who clomp through the world expecting the universe to rotate around them. Of these, perhaps a small percentage may recognize that about themselves and an even smaller percentage might decide to try to be better, more considerate to others. The rest of us already do this daily; moment to moment. In fact, some of us are too sensitive to clamor for change, too easily satisfied by things as they are and must work to be more assertive. Life appears in a crack in the environment and then works a two-prong strategy: To adapt to the environment and to adapt the environment to it. In the second sense, life literally creates its own environment. Humans have had an ability to mold the environment around them more than any other animal for a long time (fire, cities, agriculture, animal husbandry). And with the accumulation of knowledge and technology can now literally chose a world model and work to make it reality. The question now becomes WHICH world do we wish to live in. Our early efforts were simply to survive and become prosperous. It was self(family, tribe, nation) centered and has created the world around us. Environmental degradation and self-righteous war-making are simply results of the self-absorbed lives of some and the complacent roll-with-the-punches attitude of others.


ms. green
6/8/2010 9:54:24 AM

If only it were this easy with my boss... :P