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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama

July 21, 2008

Mike Ivey
The Capital Times, WI
7/19/2008

His Holiness the Dalai Lama touched on many issues during his public
address Saturday at the Dane County Coliseum. Among them:

World peace: It must start with individuals embracing compassion for
everyone else regardless of their beliefs. As more people are
compassionate toward others, it creates momentum for happier
communities. "Each of us has the potential to create a happy world."

Focus on family: Creating happy families translates into happy
communities. "You will always have a few trouble makers in a community
but they are easier to isolate if the rest of the community is happy."

Importance of mother: He cited studies where young monkeys separated
from their mothers turned out angrier than siblings who stay with mom.
"The most important person in your life is not teacher. It is your mother."

China and Tibet: He has nothing against the Chinese people, just its
government. "Things are going to get more negative before they turn
positive."

Healing powers: The Dalai Lama said he has none but would like to meet
someone who does because his hand is still hurting after shaking hands
with a Mongolian. "I would be a true test case."

The mind-body connection: Anger and hate eat away at a body from the
inside and cause sickness, he said. "Fear and anger, very bad for our
health."

Source of his personal strength: "Good sleep and good food."
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