Dalai Lama Visits Troy University to Talk About Browsing the Web and the Importance of Relationships
Engagement among young people is a major challenge in today’s world of distracted young people who often view social media as the only way they can connect with people and show love. But the Tibetan Buddhist monk, seven-time Nobel Peace Prize winner and iconic voice for world peace, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, understands the value of simple gestures, long-term relationships and honesty in the workplace.
“My objective is to inspire and build upon positive values – relationships, kindness, compassion, honesty – and to build a society around these principles. Therefore, all of us must pay attention to the everyday things and take responsibility for them, because the impact of our actions is just as important as the results,” he explained in a 2010 TED talk. “If we all have a higher sense of ethics, this is going to improve our quality of life.”
The resulting Buddhist emphasis in the classroom is not surprising, especially in light of the Dalai Lama’s presence this week at Troy University’s chapter of the Global School Climate Initiative on Thursday, where he shared the following with faculty and students:
“Nowadays we have no need to stop and think about our behavior. It’s just a matter of observing, doing and reacting and like that, we don’t even care about our attitudes.
Learning is about wisdom. I ask teachers, when students are good at it, to show them some experience from others. The practice is natural, and over time they’ll become more confident, and over time the students will be influenced to the right path.”
The Dalai Lama’s initiatives to encourage students to return to a more authentic form of connectivity via technologies like Facebook are true success stories in their own right. As he explained in an interview with broadcaster Charlie Rose:
“The young people want a variety of kinds of communication, for example Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, they want to talk to some person who is close to them.”
According to his official website, the Dalai Lama has had 33 visits to Troy University, and the campus has been among the first to host his visits in the past. When asked about his address on Thursday, the school’s Vice President of Communications Jordan Dickerson said, “The Dalai Lama touched on themes that have inspired us during his visits – the importance of mutual understanding and compassion, inclusion and respect – and how these principles are relevant to everyone, not just today’s students but to all of society.”
In addition to the Dalai Lama’s visits, Troy has hosted events on global stability, social media culture and the importance of relationships with fellow employees in the workplace. Dr. John Coletta, an MBA candidate at Troy University, attended the Dalai Lama’s talk this past weekend. At the event, Dr. Coletta explained the significance of his professor, Dr. Joel Unger, being a member of the Global School Climate Initiative. He shared his thoughts with Staci Jahnke, Director of Marketing for the Worldwide Marketing and Business Communications Department at Troy University.
“Whenever I visit a campus, I am usually excited to meet with Professor Unger, and when a visit to the Dalai Lama is included, it feels like it provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about him and his visit to Troy University,” Dr. Coletta said. “Professor Unger is a university distinguished professor who not only teaches the fundamentals of marketing, but also a person who serves as a living embodiment of the best of our company values, our schools’ leadership principles and our company ethics. And everyone involved, including me, can use this connection and I am hoping that others will do the same.”