Here’s a live stream of the Dalai Lama’s public speech called “Advancing Peace Through The Power of Aloha.”

This is his only event for the general public during his visit to Honolulu this year.

You can also follow along and get a feel for who’s in the crowd at Civil Beat’s live blog.

Watch live streaming video from dalailamainhawaii at livestream.com

Here’s Civil Beat’s transcript of the Dalai Lama’s speech:

The Dalai Lama emerged onto the stage at the Stan Sheriff Center while Michael McDonald and Henry Kapono were singing ”What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love.”

He strode toward Gov. Neil Aberbcrombie who is in the front row and grasped his hand. Also acknowledged were the governor’s wife, Nancie Caraway, and the sister of President Barack Obama, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

Now they’re showing a video of Jake Shimabukuro playing a song on the ukulele with three strings, without the C string.

All the musicians who had performed joined the Dalai Lama on stage. He presented each with a white Tibetan scarf, the same scarf he gave Native Hawaii panel members earlier in the day.

He knows how to create a photo moment, taking hold of the hands of the musicians next to him.

Kelvin Taketa, president and CEO of the Hawaii Community Foundation, host and sponsor, takes the stage. He speaks of how we in Hawaii find a way to a more tolerant and civil society.

Here, our food, our language, our traditions, blend into chop suey, he says.

Now Pierre Omidyar, publisher and CEO of Civil Beat and with his wife, Pam, the sponsor of this visit, introduces the Dalai Lama.

Points out that the Dalai Lama fled Tibet in the same year as Hawaii entered into statehood, 1959.

The Dalai Lama has been a refugee ever since. Today, he says, the Dalai Lama accepts that Tibet should remain a part of China. In 2011, he officially devolved his political leadership to an elected body, ending a tradition of dalai lamas holding responsibility for religious and temporal affairs.

Topic of today’s talk, Advancing Peace through the power of Aloha.

Finding peace can seem like a constant struggle. But here in Hawaii we’re blessed with a precious gift from the Native Hawaiian people. And that gift is Aloha.

Five qualities: kindness, unity, joyfulness, humility and patience.

Those are similar to Dalai Lama’s central themes.

Says the Dalai Lama is the embodiment of compassion and thanks him for being here.

The Dalai Lama moves to the podium.

He acknowledges the governor as a longtime friend.

We’re all human brothers and sisters. We’re all the same human being. Mentally, emotionally, physically, we are the same. So whenever I give a talk to people, I always feel I am just one of you. No differences. No barrier.

This kind of mental thinking is really helpful. Whenever I give a talk without notes, without preparation. One factor, I’m a lazy person. (laughter) Another factor, whenever I meet people I feel I’m with my long time friend. It’s an immense help to maintain a calm mind.

I usually call the audience, brothers, sisters. I have been a few times here. This time having the opportunity meeting more people. Yesterday children. I feel some sort of meaningful day. Now here a public talk. I am very happy. My friend, in his introduction, gave a clear explanation of the meaning of aloha. Now I learned some sort of deeper meaning of aloha. Very helpful. Thank you.

Expressing the word aloha very easy. But implementing the real meaning of aloha, not easy.

Basically, all beings want a happy life. Do not want disturbances. That is a basic right. All living things have a basic right to survive. Everyone, every piece has the right to survive.

Instinctively, we have the desire to achieve a happy life. Happiness, joyfulness is a result. Every result entirely depends on its own causes. I think joyfulness, happiness entirely depends on ones own action. Three levels. Physical. Verbal. Mental. Here mental action is the key factor. It’s quite logical.

In order to achieve successful life, we pay every attention about education or training. Education is the cause of successful life. Good health, taking medicine or some vitamins, is cause in order to achieve positive results.

My study started as a 6 or 7 year-old. Till I was about 12 or 13, I had no interest in study. Only play. Study was something compulsory. When the time for study came, even the sun became darker. That kind of feeling. On a holiday, felt weather seemed brighter. At that time, no interest about study. Later I found, these sort of knowledge from study immensely helpful. For my case, mainly for peace of mind. Today’s peace of mind the goal. In order to achieve that my approach must be realistic approach.

The very purpose of education is to reduce the gap between appearance and reality.

Prosperity must come through action, not prayer. Therefore, world peace must come through inner peace, at the individual level also. In order to have a happy life, inner peace very essential, including a healthy body. Healthy mind, healthy body. Healthy body very much linked with healthy mind.

Too much stress, too much anxiety, develops frustration, hopelessness, then anger, hatred.

Destructive emotion, such as anger, hatred, mainly come through mental thinking. One American scientist I met a few years at Stockholm in Sweden. He told me when we develop anger, the object which we feel angry, that object appears very negative. Actually, 90 percent of that negativeness is mental projection.

Through training of mind, try to develop proper mental attitude. Any attitude based on mental projection is unrealistic. Any decision under strong emotion often becomes wrong. Because much emotion is actually a biased view. Through the view, you cannot see the reality.

Now the question, recently the global economic crisis. I asked some of my friends. These people involved in money matters, they must be expert about that. So can these experts be wrong about money matters? So I asked some of these people, what’s wrong. Their answer: Too much greed. Too much greed is unrealistic desire. Then, too much speculation.

The economic crisis ultimately our mind. These policies, differences of countries. Of course Mr. Bush, I really love him. Really nice person. Describes getting Congressional Gold Medal. Nancy Pelosi also there. Mr. Bush whispered too me, they always create problems for me. But today we are peaceful. (laughter) Mr. Bush on a human level really nice person. I love him. I respect him. But that does not mean I fully agree with all his policies. (applause)

After the Iraq crisis, meeting with him, I expressed, I love you but some of your policies I have some reservations. He nodded. Iraq crisis. His motivation is very good. To bring democracy. Rule of law. Very good. But method become unrealistic. So fail to achieve that noble goal.

At any level, unrealistic method never bring satisfactory result.

So how to bring inner peace?

What is the real basis of inner peace? It’s warmheartedness. Once we develop warmheartedness, that means consider all others just like myself. Every one has the right just like me to achieve happy life. With that kind of attitude, automatically develop respect.

Through that type of mental attitude, fear no basis.

Once you become closer to your neighbor, anxiety is reduced, distrust reduced. More compassionate feeling toward others. That is an immense help to reduce fear.

Love and compassion, no longer distrust.

Of course this is not something realistic. Not blind love. Utilize human intelligence. Research. Investigate. That’s compassion combined with wisdom.

Love, compassion, wisdom there are two levels. One level is physical. Always mixing with attached. Always emotion. Always becomes one-sided, biased. However that biological factor of compassion is a seed. Utilize human intelligence. Use our common sense. And most important, scientific findings. It brings inner peace. Peaceful family. Peaceful community. That also brings good health.

All major religious traditions carry this practice. But without religious belief we can develop universal compassion, through education.

Talks of Northern Ireland, a rubber bullet hitting the forehead of Richard Moore. He lost his sight. When he came to in the hospital, he thought of not seeing his mother’s face. Not anger. Not hatred. Because of that attitude, very happy life. Eventually he found a very happy wife. Daughter. Even with such a tragedy, he still remained a calm mind. Not develop anger, frustration. He furthered his education. I always describe him as my hero. Really wonderful. He’s not religiously minded. But as human being he developed that kind of attitude. Result a tremendous benefit. Later he tried to find the British soldier who shot him. Both of them become very close friends. We have that kind of ability. These positive mental attitude not at all based on religious belief. I usually call secular ethics. Secular way. Without touching religion. That I think is quite crucial. Many people essentially are non-believers. Not much care about religious teaching. Even though some of them claim I am Christian, I am Hindu, I am Jew. We really need a universal way to approach this universal value. If we rely on religious faith, it will never be universal.

Through education, from kindergarten through university level, we have to find ways and means to make aware of these universal values.

The 20 century a wonderful century. But that century became a century of bloodshed.

There’s no other way but to try to build this century as a century of dialogue, peace.

We must find how to tackle when we face problems, not use force, but through talk, with respect, listen to others’ point of view. That’s the only way.

In order to do that, you must have will power to talk. And then you need wisdom to know the reality about others’ interest and one’s own interest.

Combination of wisdom and will power, I think we can develop this century as a century of peace through dialogue. (applause)

In your family, whenever you face some problems, try to find some solution through some mutually agreeable way.

Education about the value of non-violence. Adopt one school as an experiment. Then after five years, examine the experiment. If positive result, then 10 more schools, or 100 schools. You can expand that way. That’s the way to change the way of thinking in our society. Through that way you can build a happy, peaceful society. The initiative must come from the individual.

The problem is created by human beings themselves. The answer must be found from human beings. The answer must come from individual. Don’t feel helplessness. Create inner peace. And share with more people. Your friend. And then your enemy. That’s the way to transform our world.

The Dalai Lama now accepts questions.


Hawaii Public Asks Questions of Dalai Lama

A question from Vanessa: I’ve struggled for so many years to find inner peace. How do I maintain my peace when I feel I need armor instead.

Dalai Lama: In my case I have plenty of excuses for why I cannot practice compassion. Because there are a lot of problems, you have to make effort. My own view is that it’s best to keep at least my own peace of mind. Three or four years ago, I had surgery to remove the gall bladder. A lot of stones in gall bladder. After that surgery, usually the experts told me the anesthesia will finish in 15 or 20 minutes. But he had a complication. My gall bladder was enlarged two times and almost ready to burst. Because of that, surgery took more than two and a half hours. Recovery was very fast, within four days, except for the wound. Doctor described me as a young patient. I felt my emotional state quite peaceful. I think that really made the difference. Develop full conviction, your own practice, your own view. If you remain firm, strong, there is greater chance to influence others. We all have to make some effort. A lot of problems. A lot of injustice. We have to fight about this. Not by force. But by promotion of moral ethics. Plenty of reasons to be determined.

Question: How does someone achieve forgiveness when not all parties are open to change?

Dalai Lama: If you keep anger, that should not happen. You still remain calm mind. Forgiveness does not mean you accept their wrong deeds. As far as action is concerned, sometimes you need appropriate counter measures. No anger. Ill feeling. But action, you realize that’s wrong, that’s injustice. So in order to stop that, appropriate counter measure to stop that wrong doing. Real sense of forgiveness is not to keep negative feeling toward that trouble maker.

Question from Sonny: So many people feel fear and distrust about the future. What can each of us do every day to deepen our trust?

Dalai Lama: If a mad dog comes here, realistic fear, much better than if you relax. Fear much depends on mental projection. When he was young, during winter time he describes living in one place, another in summer. Downstairs many dark rooms. Ghosts. These are unrealistic fears. In human society, I think if you yourself are open, let them express the same way. Unrealistic to close yourself and expect others to be open. If you’re open, and their response is not that way, you have freedom how to act. If you always remain distant, then you feel others with the same attitude.

Question from Angela: How should indigenous people who have become strangers in their own land, try to regain inner peace when surrounded by their oppressors?

Dalai Lama: Today my favorite word is realistic. Indigenous people have every right to save their culture. But at the same time, times change. You have to accept reality. With Tibet, I talk about middle way. You think broadly, those people from a different background, area, they’re also human beings. Basically, we are the same human beings. It’s unrealistic to think of yourself and isolate. That’s wrong, I think.

Question from David: Your smile makes me smile. It suggest life is a gift to be enjoyed. Are you always smiling even when not in public?

Dalai Lama: Yes. When I am in bathroom, and still smiling, that looks silly. (laughter) In case, sometimes difficult to come out, you need a little pressure. No time smiling. (applause and laughter) Translator says the Dalai Lama asked him, have you ever experienced that?

How happy can anyone expect to be?

Dalai Lama: Now here, I think, if serious answer. There are different levels. Some kinds of happiness which comes with animal, that’s very limited, very low. As human beings, with intelligence, that’s the higher level of inner peace, joyfulness. Here you need a lot of mental work. There are plenty of reasons to feel sad. But at same time plenty of reasons to feel happy. Things are relative. From one angle, look at that event, you may get some uncomfortable. From another angle, you may get more hope. In spite our intelligence, our ability, we usually look from one angle. We must look from all angles. Not one dimension. Four dimensions. Six dimensions. Through that way you get a better answer. In my own case, I lost my own country. That tragedy also some positive result. That tragedy opened Tibetan eyes. Before that, they close their eye. Now open their eye. Good. Me personally. The last 53 years, life in exile in India is best period, gaining more knowledge, experience. Immense help gaining more experiences. With that, more realistic thinking. I often tell Tibetans, pilgrims to India, I always meet them. I express entire Tibetan population, in five provinces, a really remarkable feeling of unity there. This unity brought by Chinese communists. Very sad event. But brought some positive result. If you look only negative side, then sad, sad, sad. If you look at positive things, then you see much less distress. That is the quality of human intelligence. Everybody has that capacity, that ability. You must utilize that.


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