This is Something That Happens
March 11, 2009 1:05 PM   Subscribe

Can you help me find a quote from the Dalai Lama?

During a prayer service in New York I heard a Buddhist monk talk about a moment after 9/11 where the Dalai Lama said, "That happened" in reference to the horrible events of the day. The quote is similar to the statement "this is something that happens" said by the young boy genius as he watches frogs rain from the sky in the film Magnolia. I would like to find out about the context in which the Dalai Lama said it (and if it's even true). I have always found the idea comforting, to just acknowledge that: yes, that occurred. I’ve never been able to find it anywhere, though, and I’m wondering if you might be able to help me.
posted by orsonet to Religion & Philosophy (2 answers total)
I'm not sure if this is what you were looking for...

"Now it is the reality, it has happened, it has already happened".

As far as what he's referring to.....I don't know, it sounds a little like the seventh element of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is Right Mindfulness. Basically becoming intentionally aware and non-judgmental about what's happening in the Present Moment.

You could read more about Right Mindfulness here:
posted by texas_blissful at 2:56 PM on March 11, 2009

Response by poster: Thank you. I'm not sure if it's what I'm looking for either. I heard about it, though, maybe a year after 9/11, so the timing doesn't fit, but the idea does.
posted by orsonet at 4:19 PM on March 11, 2009

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