His Holiness the Dalai Lama turned 80!
Sunday the 28th of June he was at Glastonbury, the grand British outdoor festival. He gave a speech in Kings Meadow to spread his message of compassion, non-violence and the one-ness of humanity. A short quote from this speech:
“In Syria and Iraq and some other places they’re killing other human beings. Unthinkable. The worst thing is the killing of others in the name of faith. Unthinkable”.
Patty Smith had dedicated a poem to his Holiness for his birthday. She also invited him on stage to be sung to. He was welcomed by a crowd in awe. After being sung to and cutting the cake, he addressed Patty and the crowd:
“Thank you, thank you. I hugely appreciate so many people’s expression of warm feelings. I very much appreciate it. I dedicate my body, speech and mind to the wellbeing of others, as my main daily practice, so when the people show this warm feeling that gives me more enthusiasm. I very much appreciate it. These singers and musicians… most of them have white hair. I saw their hair was white, but their voice and physical action looks very youthful. That gives me encouragement. Myself, I’m now 80 years old but I should be like you – active!”
Smith, who had earlier apologized for starting to lose her voice, joked: “Yes, but your voice is stronger than mine today.” The Dalai Lama continued his speech on birthdays, friendship and seizing the day:
“Thank you. We are all the same human beings. We all want a happy life. Actually, each day is a new day. It’s a new birthday. Every morning, when we wake up, think: ‘Now this is a new day, a birthday. I must carry this happy day.’ In order to have a happy day, keep [in your heart] a more compassionate feeling. A sense of concern for other’s wellbeing. That will be the source of happiness. That creates a happy mind, and that brings self-confidence. That creates honesty and truthfulness, so your new day will become a more meaningful day. In that way, you will be more transparent. That brings trust. Trust is the basis of friendship. We are a social animal. Friendship is very important. Friendship cannot be bought with money, or brought by force, only by warm-heartedness. I practice that, so I want to share with those good wishes. Thank you very much.”
With his presence and these words, not one of the performing artists, but his Holiness was the most talked about appearance at Glastonbury.
We also love to share this endearing video that moved the Dalai Lama to tears: