The Dalai Lama was recently asked if he had any advice for President Obama regarding the current financial struggle in the United Sates. He responded with the following counsel:
â€?Naturally, you have some different interests regarding your own different party. But when the nation facing crisis, those different views of political party is secondary. Now, this is economic problem. It is not the interest of this party or that party. It’s a national sort of interest. So must work together.
You must keep your spirit, your determination, and hard work. So that way you can overcome these kinds of problems. It may take time, but courage. Never discourage. In spite of difficulties, you must keep your self-confidence.â€?
There is tremendous wisdom in the Dalai Lamaâ€™s comments. First, always maintain your spirit and determination during times of trouble. Recognize that many problems, no matter how severe, can be taken from a long-term perspective. Not all situations require immediate, emotionally, knee-jerk responses. Keep an optimistic attitude and positive spirit.
Second, during significant challenges, it is important to try to take an objective approach. Subordinating your ego and leaving your biases out of the situation enable you to see things from a different, perhaps neutral perspective.
The Dalai Lamaâ€™s advice, to take a balanced approach, comes from a Buddhist philosophy referred to as the middle way. Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who founded Buddhism, first described this approach. The middle way is a path of moderation between opposites, no matter how extreme they may seem. Ultimately, according to Buddhists beliefs, the middle way leads to liberation, equanimity and wisdom.
The middle way approach is proposed by the Dalai Lama to peacefully resolve the issue of Tibet and China. He is striving to achieve a balanced approach to the current conflict based on equality and mutual cooperation.
- Where do you tend to get out of balance?
- Are there recurring extremes that have become patterns in yourÂ life?
- What can you do to find the middle way?
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”