Natalie Pace Blogs
A peacemaker for the ages walks among us. Whether he is blessing world leaders who are notorious for war, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, or speaking of his own exile from his homeland of Tibet, the message of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is the same. “This should be the peace century.”
Everyone present at the Global Compassion Summit at the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine on July 6, 2015 was there to celebrate the 80th birthday of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and to learn more about how to embody and promote the values that are close to his heart - gratitude, peace, compassion, education and sustainability. We all worked hard and planned in advance to get there. The smiles, applause and love that erupted when His Holiness stepped on stage that morning were infectious.
There are certain occasions, which lift off from the gravity of the moment and become a time stamp for the centuries. Amidst the fun, the celebration, the singing and the gifts at His Holiness' The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet's 80th birthday celebration, there was a loud and clear call to action on behalf of our planet and humanity. The speakers were united in the message that if the wisdom of our treasured peacemaker is not embodied and enacted now, if we do not collectively shift our focus to reversing the effects of climate change, the consequences could be dire and irreversible.
“Nations take interest in their own nation first and then global interest,” the Dalai Lama told everyone in attendance. “They should take global interest first, and then national interest. Serving humanity means that each nation gets the maximum benefit. We have to look at this holistically,” His Holiness continued.
Read the rest of this blog and see a slide show of celebrities from the 80th birthday celebration of The Dalai Lama on my HuffingtonPost blog at the link directly below...