Rime Buddhist Center
Monastery & Tibetan Institute of Studies
"Achieving Peace Through Compassion"
700 West Pennway
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Lama Chuck Stanford
The following is Lama Chuck's monthly
column that appeared in the Kansas City Star
newspaper on Saturday, January 29, 2005.
QUESTION: "Why is the world so lacking
in love (throughout the world we see evidence)?"
ANSWER: If our view of the world is based upon the news
media it would be easy to believe that the world is lacking
in love. The news media focuses on the most sensational
type of events. It seems the more shocking and dramatic
the event the more coverage it receives. Rarely does
the news media focus on the kind, compassionate and loving
kind of stories. Reality is what we choose to focus on.
If we focus only on news accounts, then it might appear
that our world is lacking in love. On the other hand,
if we choose to focus on those doing kind compassionate
acts then that will be our view of the world.
I believe our fundamental nature is to naturally want
to help and be of benefit to others. We recently saw
an amazing outpouring of love and compassion in the form
of aid and assistance from all over the world to the
victims of the tsunami.
I am sure you are aware of people like Mother Teresa,
Nelson Mandala, Mahatma Ghandhi and H.H Dalai Lama who
work to help others. There are countless stories of ordinary,
everyday people doing extraordinary things. For example
I personally know a school teacher who gives 60% of her
income to charities that she believes in. She consciously
choose to live a simple life so that she can make a real
difference in the world. As Ghandhi said, "We must
become the change we wish to see in the world." Making
this world a better place is up to each of us.
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