“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”
This quote by the Dalai Lama went viral over the weekend – When I first read it I was amazed by the powerful message within so few words. Since that time bloggers and naysayers have taken to the internet to analyze and interpret these words of wisdom.
B. Scofield from Tikkum Daily said this: “While for much of my life I’ve also shared this popular sentiment I’ve now come to see it much differently. Based on years of research and writing as well as personal practice of yoga, meditation and Chi Kung I’ve discovered some very strong flaws in the Dalai Lama’s argument. Furthermore, I actually see these types of statements are very irresponsible as they mislead the public about the causes and solutions to violence. The real conversations about these very challenging issues that need to take place could potentially be minimized by these types of statements.”
Scofield went on to rationalize an impressive argument about why this statement from the Dalai Lama is not really wisdom at all. Others like me are taken back by the eloquence from such a simple statement. Personally I think everyone is over analyzing the comment – including myself. From simple words can come a simple message of wisdom – nothing more… nothing less…
I do not see this quote as misleading… I see this quote as empowering. The world in many ways is already wrought with violence and suffering. The point is, if everyone in the world would just stop for a moment and take a deep breath; if everyone in the world became mindful of the controlled chaos that is life for one minute a day – sensing the gift of energy and love when our thoughts and attention are centered away from fear and fantasy – anchored soundly in the present – Yes, there would be less violence. When we stop to meditate we allow the gift of space, clarity and responsiveness to arise from our True Nature. From these qualities arises wisdom and love – not violence and tyranny.
John C. Bader
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