Learning from the Dalai Lama

When leaders of countries of North Africa and the Middle East was busy securing his position due to mass revolution and our political elite is busy doing transactional politics, the leader of Tibetans, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), just announced his resignation plan as a political leader of Tibet movement. Plans announced his resignation in his private speech in the Himalayas, Tibet, on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

In his speech, the Tibetan Lama called on parliament to quickly change the constitution and choose a new prime minister. Lama will make a change which allows them to retreat from political responsibility in meeting the Tibetan parliament in exile Dharamsala (North India), this March.

Since the early 1960s, the Old Tibetan indeed want to be a democratic country. Long wanted, the leader of Tibet’s future is directly elected leader by the people. Therefore Lama’s decision to resign as political leader of Tibet is accurate and correct when viewed with the glasses of democracy.

Old decision to quit the political stage is because he wants to focus on spiritual activities only. He wanted to escape from the activities that are political duniwai for himself does not get stuck on the desire of power alone.

In the midst of political noise in the country, where the elites only preoccupied with political power, pullback Lama certainly can be a valuable mirror how we can escape from the egos of political power. This brief paper seeks to explore the figure of the Old, and what can we learn from him about the philosophy of life of virtue and political leadership.

Dalai Lama’s Philosophy

Although China saw Lama as a dangerous separatist leaders since the uprising in Tibet in 1959, but for international followers, long believed to be the reincarnation of the 14th of the Buddha.

In the spiritual can be said that the attitude and behavior Lama is the embodiment of the attitudes and behavior of Buddha. In lectures and speeches, often catapult Old Buddhist teachings about peace, such as inner peace and peace Interfaith human.

Old hate nature vindictive, greedy, envious, and envy. Indeed, according to the Dalai Lama, human nature is gentleness main. Indeed, science and philosophy is often described as someone who is only human selfishness, but history also notes that humans are beings who care about each other. For example, the tsunami disaster in Aceh to mobilize the international community to provide relief. Like the infant as a perfect example of human beings. Although the babies in her life only to meet physiological needs, but if viewed from another perspective, you will see the joy that is given the baby to the people around him. When we see the world not as something aggressive, the world would be a safe and peaceful place for residents.

To that end, Lama often expressed his philosophy of kindness and of peace, “My philosophy is Kindness. We live not to believe but to learn “, and” The love and compassion are the foundation for world peace at all levels “.

Old philosophy is also apparent in his statement about religion, he said, “Religion is simple. No need churches, temples, mosques, temples, monasteries or whatever people call a ‘house of God’. Religion also does not need philosophy or the books of the all sophisticated and complicated. Indeed, reason and our conscience is the true house of God. And, philosophy is essentially a virtue “.

In the political area, the Old also known as the figure of a wise leader and not hungry for power. Withdrawal from the political stage Tibetan Lama indicated that he was never the slightest ambition to continue to be a political leader in Tibet and he even encouraged Tibet to become a democratic country where people can determine who will who will be their representative in parliament Tibet. The purpose Lama to retreat from the political stage for Tibet is to teach him to focus on the good of mankind and not get stuck in the lust of political power alone.

Old philosophy standpoint we can see is actually outside the doctrine of Buddha, because basically all religious teaching is to teach virtue. Strictly speaking, we do not fully understand our existence, it is more important is being kind to others and to make this world a better place to live. With this simple command, we know for sure that we will not be a wrong move.

Learning From the Dalai Lama

There are two important lessons to be learned from the Old to mensikapi problems of this state and nation. The first is about the good, and the second is about leadership.

The rise of religious violence in Indonesia some time ago showed that our society, though not all, still loves the ways of violence in solving problems. Cases of violence that struck the Ahmadiyah congregation in Cikeusik and Pandeglang, and the violence that occurred in Waterford, Central Java, should not have happened if our society put forward the peaceful means in resolving issues and wise in looking at the difference. That way it can be said that the violence of religion often occur because of “society” we no longer understand the content and the content of religious teachings that would instruct his followers to love one another. Dryness of understanding the people of this religion that causes no more sense of love and kindness that grows in man, so that violent means are always put forward in solving the problem.

Lama often says tumbuhkanlah sense of goodness in us, serapilah teachings of your religion properly so that people avoid things that can harm himself. In the future, of course, we all hope, that the Indonesian people no longer make religion as a justification for violent acts against humanity, but rather we make religion as a basis for mutual love to each other.

Neither in terms of leadership. Since the reformation in 1998, the people of Indonesia such as the loss of a leader. Leaders in the true sense. Not long ago the people of Indonesia are often exhibited a cheap political theater. For our political elite is nothing more than just for the cake-power. Cabinet reshuffle demands or demands to maintain the cabinet and demands to issue or cancel the right of political inquiry in the House in pressing the government is an example of political theater that often we read, we watch, and we hear in the news media.

In the future we all certainly hope that our political elites are no longer trapped in the transactional politics to cling to power alone, but rather political dealings that the welfare of its people. Old supposed to be a mirror for our political elite. At Lama is expected to continue to lead the Tibetan people, instead he decided to quit the political stage Tibet to show that he is not a man who lusts for power. It was a mirror of political leaders.

Social Media Analyst at LSI Network and author of Global Warming


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