The wisdom that comes with a stamp is lasting; especially this piece, because I am not a fan of the Dalai Lama. I lost respect for him after he fled the country he is supposed to be the religious head of--to save himself--and left his own people to fend for themselves. It reminded me of Queen-you-know-who, who deserted her people, too, during a great time of need.
I know, people are human, but he is a "supreme" leader, or . . . Read this snippet from Wikipedia: The Dalai Lama is a high lama in the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Buddhism. . . . Traditionally, the Dalai Lama is thought of as the latest reincarnation of a series of spiritual leaders who have chosen to be reborn in order to enlighten others.
Ahem, and pardon me in advance, but no way am I going to pass on this opportunity. Yellow Hat brought to mind yellow coward. Now, I'm not saying that's fair or true. I'm just saying . . . I collect quotable quotes, and this is a good one, but I can't pretend I'm a fan of the Dalai Lama. It's a perfect segue into wondering why the Lama fled.
I saw an old b&w movie once about what China did, and how, but I'm not sure I'd follow anyone who ran away and left me to stay and fight the good fight, or live under the yoke of oppression, while they, my spiritual leader, lived the grand life in another country.
I like this quote though. It is special. I have compassion for the people of Tibet. I have compassion for this Dalai Lama. I am even grateful for the quote. I am also quite taken with the handwriting. Don't you like it when someone prints well?
This gift has a special place on tonight's journal page. Moan-day's Mail Bag is filling up faster than my current journal, so taking a small time-out to wonder about the DL is like taking a coffee break. Oh, shucks! Look at the time!
(compassion |noun|sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others: the victims should be treated with compassion.)