Dalai Lama – Never Give Up

I love these words (below) by the Delai Lama…  I saw them in an acupuncturists’ office one day: so simple and plain.  And powerful.  I wanted to share them with you here.  As always, if you have a comment or feedback for me, I look forward to your EMAIL.

Never give up…

DalaiLamaNo matter what is going on

Never give up

Develop the heart

Too much energy in your country

Is spent developing the mind

Instead of the heart

Be compassionate

Not just to your friends

But to everyone

Be compassionate

Work for peace

In your heart and in the world

Work for peace

Never give up

No matter what is happening

Dalai-lamaNo matter what is going on around you

Never give up

“I am just a simple monk.”

HH The XIV Dalai Lama

515dUmaQT-L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_In so many ways these beautiful but simple words fit seamlessly with Marshall Rosenberg’s Non Violent Communication or NVC.  He has worked all over the world – more often than not he is now to be found working with nations rather than with individuals and his NVC has in turn been termed “Perfect Buddhism”, “Perfect Islam”, “Perfect Christianity”, “Perfect Catholicism”…  The piece that struck me most was this thought: “everyone, whatever he does, is doing the best he can to meet his needs”. Even if what he does results in something awful and hurts others, the primary motivation of all humans is to meet their own needs…

Here are 3 other excellent books – to learn a little more about Budhism and a how to live a more peaceful and ‘right’ way of life – I am not a Budhist by religion although I find I live by many of the budhist principles.  Buddhism for Beginners by Thubten Chodron is one of the clearest books I’ve read on Budhism.  ReBuilding is the best time to read these books: why ReBuild your life in any way other than ‘right’ – a way that will be sustainable and peaceful for you?  The Many Ways to Nirvana: Discourses on Right Living by HH the Dalai Lama will give you much food for thought about how best to satisfy your own need for a comfortable life.  The Heart of Compassion: A Practical Approach to a Meaningful Life is a good book to read to stimulate yet more of your own thoughts  and needs.  And, of course, the last book suggested here is in fact the book that you would need to read first, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B Rosenberg which will light the way for you to start exploring your innermost feelings and needs.

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