Los Angeles, CA, USA, 27 February 2014: -- Yesterday, 26 February, the spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama continued his trip across the United States.
He arrived at the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles, California, poised and ready to address an audience of members from the Young Presidents' Organization and World Presidents' Organization—establishments that strive to unite business leaders worldwide.
"I appreciate your efforts to foster economic development," His Holiness told his audience in praise. He continued on to speak of the importance of humility and compassion in all things, but especially in the business world.
His Holiness pointed out that we bask in our mother's affection as our lives begin, and without it, would not survive. He stated that this affection sows the seed of compassion that is important to have later in life. When questioned about humility, he said that "we engage in [humility] when we view others as human beings like ourselves. However, humility does not mean we cannot be firm when necessary; it is not question of merely being meek".
To a question about how to bring other inner values into business, he quoted a Dutchman, a consultant to multinational corporations, who told him that when a company is more transparent, it generates greater trust and respect which tends to make it more successful in business. Companies that are more secretive are less successful in the long run.
Finally, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate drew attention to the way Japan had rebuilt itself from the ashes of war, by practicing compassion, Japanese companies had inspired valued loyalty in their workforce.
His Holiness urged his audience to consider the significance of ethics in their line of work, and encouraged everyone in the room to conduct themselves with the utmost kindness and respect.