- The middle way solution for Tibet. Equality with Han Chinese and the right to teach Tibetan culture.
- The historic role of the U.S. as leader of the free world.
- The fact that thousands of years of prayer has not led to a world without problems. That solutions are up to us, not some higher power.
- That Buddhism is more like science than religion. That even the first Buddha implored his followers to not believe his words, to instead experiment to find the truth.
- That we need to teach Secular Ethics to our children. That will help them make better decisions.
- Lastly, that he’s feeling old and no longer going to be traveling the world. But he’s not done teaching, and would like to use technology to share his teachings.
The delegation is working to make the last topic a reality. For recordings, this has already started (subscribe to https://www.youtube.com/user/g
And yes, the man in person is the same as we saw at Quest Field in 2008 and on these videos. He’s a brilliant teacher who commands the attention of the room when he speaks, and can make everyone laugh with his infectious laugh whenever he wants. But perhaps the most important lesson of this trip is that he’s not alone in that ability. He’s the most famous Tibetan on the planet, but every other Tibetan we met was similar. Strong, smart, and hard-working, living with joy despite living in exile, and able to make the whole room laugh at will.