“When your brook dries up and disappointment comes your way, you do not necessarily need to assume that you did something wrong.”
Bryan Robles Youth Minister
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
“There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.”
Bernard Meltzer Radio Talk Show Host (1916-1998)
“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”
Henry Ward Beecher Clergyman, Social Reformer (1813-1887)
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
John Wesley Theologian (1703-1791)
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speaks on the centrality of compassion in Maples Pavilion at Stanford University. He shares his thoughts on the necessity of friendship, altruism, family, selflessness, and religion, from the perspectives of such wide-ranging disciplines as education, social psychology and the neurosciences.
His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.
Why you should listen to him:
The name “Karmapa” means “the one who carries out Buddha-activity,” and for seventeen lifetimes, a karmapa has embodied the teachings of Buddha in tibet. The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was born a nomad in Tibet in 1985 and recognized by the Dalai Lama in 1992 as the 17th Karmapa. The young boy was brought to the Tsurphu monastery to live and study for his life as a spiritual teacher and activist.
At age 14, he made a daring flight from Tibet, and now works from a temporary camp in Dharamsala, near his friend the Dalai Lama. (After the Dalai Lama, he’s seen as Tibetan Buddhism’s second-highest-ranking spiritual leader, though the two men lead different schools within the faith.) In 2008, he made a long visit to the United States, where he spoke and taught at Buddhist centers around the country. And in 2009 he toured Europe, speaking about faith — but also about protecting the environment.
“The young Kamarpa is the most powerful Buddhist meditation teacher. His scholarship is excellent, and his youth and his presence makes a profound impact.” Dzochen Ponlop Rinpoche, quoted in Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS.org
It’s the surprise call no one wants to get. Your wife has been killed in a random shooting as your young son looked helplessly on. Your suffering and loss quickly overwhelms you, and now, with a family to feed, you’re unable to gather the will to continue on and provide for your two boys. No one truly gets over the pain of losing a loved one… but they can learn to get through it – and even grow from it.
What is a Breakthrough?
A breakthrough is a moment in time when the impossible becomes possible. When something happens that shapes you, that moves you. Maybe you meet someone that inspires you. Maybe it’s a tool or a strategy that you learn. Maybe you finally get so fed up you won’t settle for the life that you have any more. It’s when something inside of you clicks and everything changes. You take massive action and you transform your life.