WELCOME to Friends of the Dalai Lama - Australia, being launched during this unprecedented and unsettling period in time.
Friends of the Dalai Lama – Australia (FDLA), has been created in consultation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s office in India. His Holiness sincerely appreciates the deep interest that Australian’s have with his messages of peace, wisdom and compassion, which are truly needed at this time.
The main aim of creating the FDLA Community is for you to connect – and stay connected – with the Dalai Lama and also with each other. We have created a Website which will play host to your stories of connection with the Dalai Lama, information about the Dalai Lama, recommended readings included Book of the Month and of course, updates from the Dalai Lama as he himself is in Retreat/ISO in India.
Get into a comfy chair or spot and grab one of the Dalai Lama’s many books – he has written over 200 titles – where he shares his knowledge and his messages of compassion and loving kindness.
Each month we will have recommended readings and also a Book of the Month and we have partnered with the Australian Online Book Retailer BOOKTOPIA, to make these available to you through a one stop shop
The Dalai Lama always speaks of the need for education and that the children of the world are the future, so to start us off, we have chosen a book that all the family can enjoy but especially the children in your life – The Seed of Compassion
In this newly released book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses children directly, sharing lessons of peace and compassion, told through stories of his own childhood.
The Dalai Lama was once an ordinary child named Lhamo Thondup. In a small village in Tibet, his mother was his first great teacher of compassion. In everyday moments from his childhood, young readers begin to see that important lessons are all around us, and they, too, can grow to truly understand them.
With simple, powerful text, the Dalai Lama shares the universalist teachings of treating one another with compassion, which Bao Luu illustrates beautifully in vibrant colour. At this time, in an increasingly confusing world, The Seed of Compassion offers guidance and encouragement on how we all might bring more kindness to our world.
I understand that as a result of the necessary lockdowns across the world, many people are facing tremendous hardship due to a loss of livelihood. For those with no stable income life is a daily struggle for survival. I earnestly appeal to all concerned to do everything possible to care for the vulnerable members of our communities.
I offer special gratitude to the medical staff—doctors, nurses and other support personnel—who are working on the frontline to save lives at great personal risk. Their service is indeed compassion in action.
With heartfelt feelings of concern for my brothers and sisters around the world who are passing through these difficult times, I pray for an early end to this pandemic so that your peace and happiness may soon be restored.
With my prayers, HHDL
Right now (maybe more than ever) we need to develop the qualities of kindness, presence, calm, and inner strength that His Holiness displays. These are the foundational tools we need to create more enlightened ways of doing business, guiding our families, and coexisting with each other and the planet, going forward now and into the future.
And in closing – COVID-19 – how can we not talk about it?
Wherever you are, we hope you’re safe and well and not doing it too tough. Please know that you’re not alone.
His Holiness recently issued a statement;
My dear brothers and sisters,
I am writing these words in response to repeated requests from many people around the world. Today, we are passing through an exceptionally difficult time due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to this, further problems confront humanity such as extreme climate change. I would like to take this opportunity to express my admiration and gratitude to governments across the world, including the Government of India, for the steps they are taking to meet these challenges.
Ancient Indian tradition describes the creation, abiding and destruction of worlds over time. Among the causes of such destruction are armed conflict and disease, which seems to accord with what we are experiencing today. However, despite the enormous challenges we face, living beings, including humans, have shown a remarkable ability to survive.
No matter how difficult the situation may be, we should employ science and human ingenuity with determination and courage to overcome the problems that confront us. Faced with threats to our health and well-being, it is natural to feel anxiety and fear. Nevertheless, I take great solace in the following wise advice to examine the problems before us: If there is something to be done—do it, without any need to worry; if there’s nothing to be done, worrying about it further will not help.
Everyone at present is doing their best to contain the spread of the coronavirus. I applaud the concerted efforts of nations to limit the threat. In particular, I appreciate the initiative India has taken with other SAARC countries to set up an emergency fund and an electronic platform to exchange information, knowledge and expertise to tackle the spread of Covid-19. This will serve as a model for dealing with such crises in future as well.