Listening to the Dalai Lama: Poetry


I attended the commentaries given by The Dalai Lama at Radio City Music Hall this past weekend. It was an honor to sit among other souls full of compassion, seeking answers to enlightening ourselves and the world around us. What follows are the thoughts I cataloged between and during the lectures:

We need to have
conventional selflessness
to save a world
that is not saved
from the alleviation
of suffering

~

To free ourselves:
we must have
directed thought,
internal assurance,
unification of mind,
and the serenity 
of Awareness 

~

We must relieve those
who are not relieved,
spread out the message
that suffering is 
an impermanent condition,
not an absolute state

~

We must remove sorrow
from those who have it,
by telling them that
mediation on 
the highest Sutras and
concentration on the 
noblest virtues
are what makes
humanity shine

~

The Awakened Mind
is a vehicle
that is dedicated to
the people,
committed to the 
highest good,
embodies the message
of lighting 
a sacred flame
to live by one's 
example,
by remembering 
innocence
and laughter,
paying homage to
your origins
while you let
the very Heart 
of Compassion 
guide you

~

It is not 
the words that
are important,
but the spirit,
arising like
great wings
underneath the 
consciousness
And once hearing
the sound of flight
from a soul
unburdened,
we have the tools
of comprehension
to understand directly
without intermediaries
Broken down to
our barest essential,
we emerge reborn
from cocoons of
old minds

~

The Eternal Self
is the Primal Ether
behind Reality's Mask

~

And as I sit here,
my body sighs,
and I feel my mind,
pressing towards
its last barriers

~

Form is Empty.
Emptiness is Form.

~

Compassion
is the ultimate 
realization
in a mind 
who has crossed
the threshold 
of the Heart

~

We create constructs
on the phenomenon 
around us,
methods and mechanisms
that we say
help us understand
the world around us
And these straight-jackets
we hand to our children
with all the additional
weight of our expectation
that they do well
in a illusory world

~

These thought constructs,
our impositions 
on the world
around us
are not real.

~

Find the foundation of 
the mind,
the seat of who you are,
shatter all the constructs
and see the world as it is- 
This is what it means
to "become as a child"
for it is only in this way
that we see All That Is
without our thoughts
obscuring the view...

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