My usual directed-yet-aimless newsgathering

My usual directed-yet-aimless newsgathering continues…

By way of Ken Layne > Matt Welch > Emmanuelle Richard > Virginia Postrel > John Labriola, his Holiness the Dalai Lama’s thoughts from The Art of Happiness:

…”Although you may have experienced many negative events in the past, with the development of patience and tolerance it is possible to let go of your sense of anger and resentment. If you analyze the situation, you’ll realize that the past is the past, so there is no use in continuing to feel anger and hatred, which do not change the situation but just cause a disturbance within your mind and cause your continued unhappiness. Of course, you may still remember the events. Forgetting and forgiving are two different things. There’s nothing wrong with simply remembering those negative events: if you have a sharp mind, you’ll always remember,” he laughed. “I think the Buddha remembered everything. but with the development of patience and tolerance, it’s possible to let go of the negative feelings associated with the events.”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

If you haven’t already, read this book by His Holiness. Or Dr. Robert Thurman’s Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Real Happiness. He produced Uma Thurman, and he’s terrifyingly brilliant. I met him once at the Cleveland Museum of Art before a speech he was giving. He, too, was visiting one of the museum’s Green Taras. I have a copy of this Tara in my living room and she’s like a living person to me. Dr. Thurman proceeded to explain in detail all about her construction, the types of leaves depicted in the background and much more. When I say he’s terrifying brilliant, I mean this: just as your brain is starting to process and comprehend what he has just said, you realize he’s 5 steps further ahead. I wish I’d thought to tape his speech – I don’t think I was able to truly contemplate more t
han 5% of what he covered. He is probably the most intelligent speaker I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. For those of you near NYC – you might be able to hear him speak at Tibet House, where he is on the board and edits the newsletter.

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