Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: The words of the Dalai Lama can change your life - you just have to listen

A Tibetan proverb tells: “Any trouble can be a good opportunity". That's exactly what His Holiness says! Even tragedy is fraught with possibilities. And there is another Tibetan wisdom: "The true nature of happiness can only be discerned in the light of painful experience." Only a sharp contrast with painful experiences teaches us to appreciate the moments of joy.

“This can be seen from the example of a whole generation that had to endure great difficulties,” said the Dalai Lama. “When the African people became free, the hearts of the people were filled with great joy. But the next generation, born in a country cleared of apartheid, is unfamiliar with the true joy of freedom. Therefore, they complain about life much more often.
It's the same in Europe. The older generation has gone through great troubles. Suffering strengthened their spirits and made them stronger. This means that the Tibetan proverb does not lie. Deprivation really makes us appreciate joy. Many people think that suffering is bad. But in fact, this is an opportunity that fate throws at you. Despite the difficulties and anguish, a person can maintain firmness and self-control.”

The words of the Dalai Lama are understandable, but how to stop resisting suffering and perceive it as an opportunity, being in the thick of things? That’s easier said than done. You begin to value health only after having been ill.

“Many Tibetans,” the Dalai Lama explained, “were in labour camps for years. They were tortured and sentenced to hard labour. Then they admitted that it was a good test of the inner man's strength, showing which of them is really a strong personality. Some were losing hope but some didn’t. Education had almost no effect on survival. In the end, fortitude and kindness turned out to be the most important thing." Kindness and wisdom. This is what we all lack.
Editor’s note: His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address the virtual audience during his talk on ‘Facing Challenges with Compassion & Wisdom’ online from his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on December 23, 2021.
The conversation is organized by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Rohtak. Approximate broadcast time: 6: 30-7: 30 am (Moscow time).