A FORCE FOR GOOD
The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World
by Daniel Goleman, Random House Canada
(Release date: June 30th, 2015)
Hardcover. $18.50 CAD. 256 pp.
Dalai Lama’s Words:
The fifty-six years since I left Tibet as a
refugee for freedom in India have been
hard for Tibetans including myself.
One instruction from our tradition that
has helped sustain us is to transform
even the most adverse circumstances
into opportunities. In my own case, life
as a refugee has broadened my horizons.
If I had remained in Tibet, I would most
likely have been insulated from the
outside world, shut off from the challenges
of different points of view.
As a human being, I acknowledge that my
well-being depends on others and the
caring of others’ well-being is a moral
responsibility I take seriously.
It’s unrealistic to think that the future of
humanity can be achieved on the basis of
prayer or good wishes alone. We also
need is to take action… (which I attempt
to do as best I can…)
I am also a Buddhist monk, and according
to my experience, all religious traditions
have the potential to convey the message
of love and compassion. So my second
commitment is to foster harmony and
friendly relations between them.
Thirdly, I am a Tibetan, and although I
am retired from political responsibility,
I remain committed to do what I can to
help the Tibetan people, and to preserve
our Buddhist culture and the natural
environment of Tibet – both of which are
under threat of destruction…
I am very happy that my old friend Dan
Goleman has written this book describing
how (my) basic commitments have
unfolded over the past several decades…
He has been very helpful to me and is
well-qualified to express these things
We have to (live together and support
one another as humans) but we need to
look at this taking a broad view and a
Change takes time.
But if we don’t make the effort, nothing
will happen at all… Real change will
take place (not by governments) but
when individuals transform themselves
guided by the values that lie at the core
of all human ethical systems, scientific
findings, and common sense… then
each one of us can be a force for good.
– from the Introduction
Wikipedia Dalai Lama Bio:
Review By Wayne A. Holst
The Dalai Lama is one of those rare humans
who is steeped in his own ancient traditions
and in modern global realities. He is grounded
in his own spiritual values, but open to learning
from the spiritual values of others. He is a
person of prayer, but also of action.
People of the religions of Jerusalem – Judaism,
Christianity and Islam – have much to learn
from this representative of an Eastern faith
tradition. We can do this best, I believe, when
we are grounded in our own faiths, but –
like the Dalai Lama himself – are open to
learning from others as well.
The Dalai Lama has always tried hard to help
him find good interpreters of his faith to those
outside it. In this book, he finds ample support
from a man who is versed in communicating
core values to people within a Western secular
and scientific ethos. That is not to say the Dalai
Lama is unversed in our ways, but that he wants
to communicate with us using the best interpreters
he can find.
In this book, we have a magnificent example of
the convergence of East and West; piety and
politics; spiritual and secular humanist values.
Reading a volume like this offers good guidance
for the integrating meaning systems in our own
lives, and interpreting them to others.
This is a welcome contribution; written while
the Dalai Lama is still among us as a witness
to universal meaning and truth. He should not
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