A few nights ago, I was watching Piers Morgan interviewing the Dalai Lama, which is something I can’t say that I ever expected to see. I wasn’t too thrilled on how Piers cut the Dalai Lama at the end of the interview.
I’ve read several of the Dalai Lama’s books and find them both thought provoking and comforting.
In this interview, the Dalai Lama surprised me with his answer to one of Piers’ questions.
Piers asked who did the Dalai Lama think was a great leader. His first answer with prompting from Piers was Mandela.
Then, the Dalai Lama continued and said George Bush.
Piers said which one? And the Dalai Lama said the younger one. The look on Piers Morgan’s face was probably the same one that many liberals would have. He look dumbfounded.
The Dalai Lama went on to say that the younger George Bush was a good man and he liked him very much, but had reservations on his policies.
That exchange made me really think about what a different perspective that would require. I for one opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many other Bush policies. Yet, I somehow found it refreshing to hear the Dalai Lama defy the expected response. I got the sense that he was able to say this because the Dalai Lama does not hold on to any anger, the way most of us would.
What do you think, could you love someone who you fundamentally disagree with their policies and beliefs?
This way of being goes against what much of what our polarized culture teaches us. Perhaps, we need to radically let go of judgment and anger to unite the world in new ways.
- Dalai Lama Interview (ministryofhappiness.wordpress.com)
- Kindness…Quotes From The Dalai Lama. (karapeterson.org)
- Dalai Lama: I love Bush, but ‘not as a president’ (rawstory.com)
- Clips From Last Night: The Dalai Lama on China, Tibet, and withstanding temptation (piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com)