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The Dalai Lama-"The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman

Postby Ngawang Drolma » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:53 pm

This article is rather old but I'm just finding it for the first time. I thought it was pretty interesting, so I'm sharing it.

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Laura :)


The Dalai Lama - "The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman"
By Linda Lowen Monday October 19, 2009

About a month ago, the Dalai Lama said something about women that is just now making the rounds on Twitter. His statement, "The world will be saved by the western woman," was delivered during the Vancouver Peace Summit 2009, which opened on the morning of Sunday, September 27th.

Although I'm still trying to track down a transcript of the speech containing the above statement, the Dalai Lama participated in more than one panel discussion that day, and the event most likely to have provoked such a strongly worded declaration was the "Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace" presentation held that afternoon. Moderated by former Irish president and peace activist Mary Robinson, the panel discussion featured four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: the Dalai Lama (who won in 1989); Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams, founders of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement and winners of the Nobel in 1976; and anti-landmine crusader Jody Williams, an American peace prize winner in 1997.

If the "western woman" statement were made in the context of the Dalai Lama's appearance with these extraordinary women, the words would seem less stunning than sensible. Truly, these western women have already changed the world, and have been doing so for more than three decades.

Writing for the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) blog, executive director Marianne Hughes ponders the idea of the aging women as hag (originally a representation of feminine power) and how it relates to the Dalai Lama's statement:

I'm not entirely sure what he meant...but I am wondering if when he travels across the globe and sees so many of our sisters impoverished and repressed he sees western women of all ages in a position to speak out for justice and to take on the responsibilities of the hag... to take loving care of the planet and its people.


The Dalai Lama's comment about western women was not the only notable pro-female statement he made during the summit. In the Vancouver Sun, Amy O'Brian quotes others including a call for "increased emphasis on the promotion of women to positions of influence."

In response to a moderator's question about what he sees as priorities in the quest for world peace, here's what the Dalai Lama said:

Some people may call me a feminist....But we need more effort to promote basic human values -- human compassion, human affection. And in that respect, females have more sensitivity for others' pain and suffering.


World-saving aside, women do what they do because it's work that needs to be done. None of them do it with an eye toward winning a Nobel Peace Prize, but the acknowledgment is valuable in that it draws attention to these efforts and eases the ever-present fund-raising struggle...and recruits more followers, like those who are retweeting the Dalai Lama's statement. Hopefully every woman who forwards those words will dig down deep enough to find the source of his inspiration and understand that he honors real women whose work continues day in, day out...regardless of whether they're in the limelight or not.

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Re: The Dalai Lama-"The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman

Postby Heruka » Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:16 am

female energy is growing, nuturing, like the suns warmth and rays in nature.


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Re: The Dalai Lama-"The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman

Postby plwk » Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:29 pm

Okay ye of the male species...
Brace thyselves for rolling pins, flying frying pans and toilet seats down... :rolleye:
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Re: The Dalai Lama-"The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman

Postby Annapurna » Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:34 pm


I thought toilet seats down was already standard...??

I mean, who likes it wet around the toilet and this smell? :cry:

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Re: The Dalai Lama-"The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman

Postby Ogyen » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:03 pm

Dakini power is most easily accessible to the modern Western woman if she looks. There is not as much oppression of rights in the West as there are for many of our sisters in other nations, like Afghanistan, Iran, and too much of the rest of the globe. Perhaps the future of Dakini power lies in the Western woman's immediate access to rights and information systems as well as independent wealth. All these resources enable us to help those of us who lack the conditions to enable change like those of us who could. It may simply be a matter of who is "closest to the tools" who can reach for them the easiest to enable concrete and positive change... We are truly blessed to be Western women who have the capability of truly helping our dharma sisters around the globe! We are blessed to have our sisters and mothers who came before us to teach us how to realize our potentials! May all the Dakini's blessings shine down on the world.

May my sisters have the fruit of my victory!
May I take my sisters defeat into myself!
May exchanging myself for others be my way of life!

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