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A very special visit from His Holiness the Dalai Lama helps us define ourselves and practice for a better world.
The Dalai Lama expressed his take on “aloha” during a visit to Hawaii in April 2012.
So what is aloha? Its folk etymology states it means sharing the breath of life. His Holiness stated that after three visits to Hawaii over the years (the last in 2008), it was this trip that helped him discover what the word is all about. And he said he realized it takes a lot of effort to implement. He came to Hawaii as special guest of Pierre Omidyar (founder of eBay, who is from Hawaii) for the launch of Pillars of Peace Hawaii. (And for those interested, he stayed at The Kahala.) In the introductions, we learned that Hawaii was chosen specifically because of its mix of cultures and lack of a majority – where people of different descendants learned to live together and build a culture unique and exemplary. We are an example for the world to learn to live in peace with persity.
I must talk a little bit about the programming. It was fitting that a program for a world spiritual leader would have leaders in the Hawaiian entertainment world. There was entertainment by some of the best the island has to offer, including Michael McDonald’s band of Doobie Brothers fame. World renown ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro wanted to push himself to do “more with less” for this special performance, so he removed the C string from his ukulele and composed a new song with the remaining three. It was beautifully done and very inspiring. Willie K and Henry Kapono fans were also given a great show.
Stan Sheriff Center packed with people eager to hear His Holiness speak.
His Holiness has an amazingly presence that the audience felt as soon as he walked onstage. The Dalai Lama’s joy and serenity were obvious and contagious. He spoke with no notes or preparation (a teleprompter miraculously kept up, as it projected on large screens exactly what he said, errors and all) and stated that he can speak to anyone, anywhere because in essence we are all the same. And if we are the same, then it’s like he already knows us, and therefore, it is like talking to a friend.
His message of peace and prosperity through action and making decisions without bias is universal but also rings so true in the Aloha State. He says wisdom and will power helps bring about peace while the power of aloha can help us all accomplish this – one person at a time, starting with yourself.
Photos taken as screenshots of live internet broadcast