Friday, September 28, 2007


" 'When unfortunate things happen in our lives there are two possible results. One possibility is mental unrest, anxiety, fear, doubt, frustration and eventually depression, and in the worst case, even suicide. That's one way. The other possibility is that because of that tragic experience you become more realistic, you become closer to reality. With the power of investigation, the tragic experience may make you stronger and increase your self-confidence and self-reliance. The unfortunate event can be a source of inner strength.'

(The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom, 1995)"

1 comment:

Lavinia said...

It never ceases to amaze me as much as I have read of the Dalai Llama, how I hear his words different each time. This time, it wasn't the words I saw, it was the picture I remember when I saw him -- in a film, when I came to appreciate that his smile could be so warm after he had lost so much. He told a story in the film Jew and Lotus to Rabbi Zalman Schacter Sholomi that in brief said, he had much to learn from the test of practice when you are forced out of your homeland. Rabbi Zalman laughed back at his smile and said maybe the Jews have a 26 hour enforced mediation each week with Shabbat even in the dessert to find that space where they can be with the sorrow and find something to smile about.

Today is a day when I am having to rebuild my energy to smile.