HOW TO WRITE HISTORY – September 16th, 2018
The Dalai Lama. This might have been his last talk in Europe. He’s 84 years old. A little, endearing man in a red robe and bare right arm with flapping skin, famous for his contagious giggle. 5000 Tibetans came to Ahoy in Rotterdam yesterday, to say goodbye to their leader on this sunny late summer Sunday. There were a lot of tears. They love him so much. The other 12.000, people from all over the world, including myself, had to wait for him while he blessed them in another wing. First things first.
The real deal
It was a remarkable talk, first of all because the Dalai Lama is both a religious and a political world leader – and still he is absolutely trustworthy! How unique. He’s a man who walks his talk. He’s human, honest, direct, humble, funny and powerful at the same time. He makes it seem so easy.
‘If religion leads to war and killing each other, let’s get rid of religion!’, he said. In answer to a question about reincarnation he said: ‘I don’t feel I was the 13th Dalai Lama at all. I believe there is at least as much politics involved in choosing the next Dalai Lama as there is true knowledge. Better chose someone based on his intelligence, studies and character when he is 20 years old, not when he’s a toddler.’
Wow. Standing ovation.
‘What’s missing in this world is education’, he said. ‘And mainly education about how to handle emotions. Anger, hatred, jealousy, anxiety, stress – these emotions make one sick and make a society sick. Through meditation and other methods you can learn how to balance your emotions. That would make a major difference in the world.’
A Dutch Buddhist monk asked: ‘How can we, Buddhist monks, contribute to a better world?’ It was at the end of the talk and the Dalai Lama got a bit tired. He’s an old man, after all. He paused for a second and then just said: ‘Birth control.’ Yes, he really said it, leaving the guy stunned and the audience bursting out in laughter. I love it when a man of that caliber can say something so funny, so provocative and so true at the same time.
‘But how about relationships and sex?’, another guy asked. Moment of silence again, and then the Dalai Lama said: ‘Wrong person to ask. Why do you ask a celibate monk about sex and relationships? Better ask a specialist.’
So after the talk I went up and had a cup of tea with the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, his charming spokesman. I told them all about the methods I had learned in Taoism, about the transformation of sexual energy, as well as balancing the emotions. ‘Good, good’, he said. ‘I’m happy to hear that there are some specialists out there. At least I don’t have to save the world all by myself. Go out and teach them, so I can have some peace. Thank you!’
Okay, the latter didn’t happen. But it could have, if I only had the courage!