Today is a special day for me and many others in the spiritual community. Today (as of this writing) is H. H. the 14th Dalai Lama’s continuation day. It took me a while to replace birthday with continuation day, mostly because others that do not believe or understand reincarnation found it odd. After a while it’s important to just be yourself, unconcerned about outside opinion, especially when it’s of a simply and harmless nature. So today I am happy and I just felt a need to share.
I wont be giving a long history of the Dalai Lama but here is a link to his Wikipedia page, as well as the official page for those looking to understand this great man. What I really want to talk about is what he means to me. Many ask if the Dalai Lama is someone Buddhist worship. Just to be clear, most Buddhist don’t worship any person or deity. When we look at the Buddha himself, we see a man who found a path out of the cycle of birth and rebirth, and the suffering of life. Most look at the Buddha as a teacher, and more someone to aspire to. The Dalai Lama is that person for many, even those that are in a different sect of Buddhism. I personal take a little bit from Zen, some from Mahayana, but identify more with Theravada. It’s like Christianity in that respect, as there are so many schools of Buddhism.
What I love the most about His Holiness the Dalai Lama is he reminds me of a big kid. He loves to smile and it’s just so inviting. He has a fascination with technology and science. I wouldn’t have thought being in the position he is anything other than the study of the Dharma through texts, meditation, and ritual would be allowed. I like he takes the essence of the Dharma and isn’t afraid to utilize it in a modern sense. I like I don’t have to feel weird for being a modern Buddhist as even the Dalai Lama enjoys the comforts of the times. Does that make him less than holy? Not to me.
I’m happy the message and spirit of Buddhism is available to a large audience. If it wasn’t I might have been further in my reincarnation cycle before I was introduced to it. I see H.H. the Dalai Lama as being a very good representative for Buddhism, knowing in my heart because of him, many are coming to realize it’s truths.
So I just wanted to say thank you and Happy Continuation Day.