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The Dalai Lama on Women’s Role in Global Peace

We’re the first to dismiss gender generalizations as the product of psychosocial laziness to engage with individuals on a level beyond their chromosomal lineup. But every once in a while, an interesting perspective comes along that might be worth a listen. In this panel from the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, moderated by Brain Pickings favorite Sir Ken Robinson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares, with great humility and none of the agitated self-righteousness typically associated with such discussions, his views on happiness, compassion and the role of women in world peace.

Some people may call me a feminist… [Biologically], females have more sensitivity towards others’ pain or suffering. Scientists also [are] saying that. Now, in the 21st century, is the time we really need more effort for promotion of human compassion. In that respect, females have a more important role.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is also a prolific and eloquent author and his latest book, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions Can Come Together, explores the complex subject of global compassion at greater depth with elegant simplicity that unfolds into profound insight and practical wisdom.

Published January 13, 2011




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