LOCATION: William and Mary College. Williamsburg, VA.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Since I’ve created my bucket list, I’ve noticed that the opportunities for things just pour in. Maybe it’s because I have a physical list of wants that is on display in my mind so that I notice these opportunities more, or maybe it’s something else. I really believe that when you make your wants known in the universe, the opportunity to seize those things becomes a greater possibility, almost like it was fate. This is definitely something I feel like happened for me to see the Dalai Lama. I’ve always had very close views to the Buddhist faith. What goes around comes around and if I put my positive energy out there, positive things would come back. I have a book written by the Dalai Lama that I read half of about a year ago but decided to put it down for a while. In late August, I decided to pick that book back up and seek answers I was looking for from His Holiness. A week later, I saw a random article on a news site about the Dalai Lama coming to William and Mary to do a seminar on compassion. Tickets would go on sale the following month. That was the only news article I saw and for that brief day until tickets went on sale that next month. Fate was really stepping in, because I needed to hear his speech more than anything to awaken my mind. When tickets went on sale, I was lucky enough to get one within the 16 minutes they sold out. Seats were first come first serve, and I stood in line for 3 hours just so I could be close enough. It was amazing to see the amount of people wanting to hear his word. I was surprised by the older crowd that was there. I would say the majority of people that were not college students were in their 50’s.
The Dalai Lama came out with his interpreter. He used him to help find certain words he couldn’t think of. For as long as he has needed to speak English, I was quite surprised at how much he used the interpreter. I was also shocked at how down to earth and funny His Holiness was. He made jokes, told stories and interacted with the audience to convey his message of compassion.
His message was clear; love, patience, tolerance and forgiveness. His speech brought tears to my eyes by just how generous and humbling he is. I think I was more emotional by the fact that I was actually in front of someone who I admire so much. I will never forget this day. This was truly a once in a lifetime event that I will constantly look back to for understanding.
Full Video of the Compassion Speech at William and Mary University
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Absolutely!
HOW TO DO THIS: Check out his schedule online for when he will be doing his speeches. http://www.dalailama.com/teachings/schedule