His Holiness, Dalai Lama was at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for a check-up.
While there, he spoke to a group gathered in the Clinic's Catholic chapel dedicated to Our Lady. I know I'm not supposed to, but I like the Dalai Lama. I'm not a follower of course, and I do not buy Buddhist nun soap, but I think he's very cool. He was seated in the sanctuary of the chapel, so I expect some people may have issues with that, but when the Popes have traveled, they have sat in non-Catholic holy places whenever they were asked to speak as well. I'm sure there were no religious services held yesterday while he was there. It's a pretty chapel, isn't it?
His Holiness strikes me as a very affable man, and though a Marxist, he has good things to say. From yesterday's address:
Using humor and wearing a University of Minnesota visor that matched his maroon and gold robe, the Dalai Lama spoke to hundreds of Mayo Clinic staff members about compassion and finding peace.
"Compassion means an open mind," he told about 300 people Tuesday morning at a discussion titled "Resilience Through Mindfulness."
Speaking at Saint Marys Hospital's chapel on Tuesday, the Dalai Lama addressed a concern that's arisen during previous visits to Rochester: Compassion fatigue. In other words, how do you maintain an attitude of compassion when there is so much suffering in the world?
In response, the Dalai Lama talked about the danger of treating compassion as solely a focus on suffering.
"If we look at it as suffering only, you really develop hopelessness," he said. - Source
Asked privately what he thought of the AofA vs. Patheos controversy, the Dalai Lama said, "They're no damn good."
What? I'm kidding, I just made that up......
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