Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How the Dalai Lama is, and isn't, like Yoda

Last month, I was lucky enough to hear the Dalai Lama speak at the UH Manoa campus. He actually gave two talks that weekend, one open to the general public and one targeted toward students; I went to the student talk, "Educating the Heart".

My favorite part of the talk has to be when I realized that the Dalai Lama is Yoda:
I think among emotions and thoughts, the real destroyer of our inner peace is fear... Fear develop frustration. Frustration develop anger. Anger brings violence.
I know no one likes the Phantom Menace, but you have to know what I was thinking at this point:
Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. 
It's not exactly the same, but along with his grumbling voice, his not-quite-proper English, his sweet yet authoritative wise old man persona... He was Yoda. And I was delighted.

Unfortunately, he then proceeded to say how we shouldn't rely on the use of Force. Yes, it was a message of non-violence--talk it out instead of fighting. Still, it would have been that much sweeter to hear him tell us, "Use the Force."


Azz said...

Ha! Great post.

And wow I would love to see him talk some day, that would of been quite the experience, if you are a believer in that stuff (which I am).

RAY J said...

LOL that's awesome... and funny cuz it's kinda true!!

Anonymous said...

I just came out of a talk by the Dalai Lama at the University of Oregon. It was great. He was inspiring and really funny too. On the way out I overheard some guy say, "Dude! Was that not Yoda?"

Eleni said...

That is awesome. I'm not the only one!