Yesterday His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama celebrated his 75th birthday.
I heard this on the radio yesterday and it got me to thinking… what a tremendous age we have been living in. In just my lifetime (the past 40+ years) there have been giants of humanity that have had a positive influence on our world. (e.g. Martin Luther King Jr, Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Stephen Hawking and the list could go on of people in science, politics and faith)
I few years ago I had the chance to hear His Holiness speak at Rice University here in Houston. It was great. Such a wonderful talk he gave on his usual topic… compassion.
An interesting side story… while standing in line I was right behind Dr Robert Thurman, who is a highly regarded Buddhist scholar and supposedly personal friend of the Dalai Lama.
I said, “Dr Thurman?”
“I just wanted to say hello. I saw your interview in that movie called ‘One’. And well… hi. [and i stuck out my hand]”
He said, “hello,” and shook my hand.
Nice guy, Dr Thurman.
Anyway… that’s it. Happy Birthday Dalai Lama wherever you are.