His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.
May 4, 2009
Photo by Flickr user Elton Melo
On Saturday, I had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of going to see His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama give a talk at Gillette Stadium. I was lucky enough to make the trek with some lovely friends of mine and it was just… astoundingly amazing. I have always been fascinated by His Holiness as he just has this peaceful Gandhi-esque quality, which is just absolutely awe-inspiring. I never imagined that I’d ever have the opportunity to experience that in person.
He really, truly, exudes happiness. He walked into the stadium and it just felt a thousand times more joyful. He has not just an inner peace, but a fantastic sense of humor as well. He cracked jokes during his speech, and he donned a PATRIOTS HAT to keep the sun out of his eyes. Last week, I attended my very first major league baseball game at Fenway Park, which was a religious conversion experience in that I will now and forever be a citizen of Red Sox Nation. Seeing the Dalai Lama in a Patriots hat – well, I’ll be screaming “GO PATS!” whenever they take the field. Odd that it took a Tibetan monk to finally make a real New Englander out of me.
His talk was just perfect. It was simple, without being condescending. He spoke about how we’re all just people, every single one of us; how he enjoyed spending time in soup kitchens every bit as much as meeting heads of state. I wish that I had been able to attend his morning teaching on Buddhism as well, but the man is not a cheap date, and the full-day ticket was out of my budget. Still, I am not complaining. The opportunity to see him speak at all, on anything, was worth every penny.
I will cherish this afternoon for the rest of my life. Just thinking about being in the presence of this amazing man makes my heart swell. That I was there, and shared with 10,000 other people a piece of his experiences. It’s just… incredible.
Photo by Flickr user SpreePiX-Berlin