The Dalai Lama's guide to surviving the next four years (1 Viewer)

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Just stumbled across this little piece in Esquire, of all places. Worth reading.

(Though it may not sustain as much inner peace as you'd like, after you read the other article from the same issue, about how Bannon is allying with far-right parties around Europe and traditionalists at the Vatican to undermine Pope Francis.)

Anyway. There is a longer article for CNN about Sanjay Gupta's pre-inauguration interview of the Dalai Lama, worth reading, and also the Esquire summary. And following is my summary of the summary, for us attention-span-deficient 21st century types:

"Each nation belongs to the people," he said. In other words, take comfort in the fact that our country is not run by a lone individual, albeit one that is incredibly powerful. :idunno:

Have more compassion for yourself.

. . . If someone is "honest, truthful," about themselves, embracing the good and the bad, they can find happiness "no matter what [the] surrounding situation," the Dalai Lama told Gupta.

Think more.

Not about the news or work, but about yourself and your experiences. . . .

Get good friends.

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Serve.

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Remember you were a kid once.

"I will always feel there is real hope we can do something. So no matter (what the) difficult circumstances, it is really worthwhile," the Dalai Lama said. "Make (an) effort (and) once you committed effort, even small effort results will come. You get tremendous sort of satisfaction and then feel happy."
 

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Steve Bannon is the most despicable individual in Trump's cabal and, given the company, that's saying something. I want no part of the oaf Bannon's vision of the world.

All authority is inherently corrupt. Political and economic authorities are the worst, followed by religious authority. However, Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama have risen well above their peers and can be respected.

As the Dalai Lama says, "Make an effort..and even small effort result will come" Everything we do to oppose this regime will have results. Opposing tyranny and repression is inherently good.

"One should always be in trouble with authority figures"--Meister Eckhart
 

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