Forme President Barack Obama is having a very good time. Since he left the office of the presidency, he has been traveling around the world enjoying himself. He took a nice long vacation in Hawaii and then he started giving occasional public speeches and meeting with world leaders to talk about promoting world peace.
You can see the change in his countenance. He looks relaxed and confident. Obviously, the stresses of being the president weigh heavily on anybody. Now, that he is free of those concerns he can take it easier and enjoy himself a little more.
USA Today reported on a recent meeting between Ex-President Obama and his Holiness the Dalai Lama. This was the eighth time they met in person. They now both consider each other good friends.
The first time Obama tried to meet with the Dalai Lama was during the summer of 2009. The Dalai Lama was invited to come to the White House. A Chinese summit was already scheduled for later that same year, which caused some political drama.
The Chinese government invaded Tibet in the 1950s because they wanted to mine the uranium in the mountains there to support their nuclear weapons program. The invasion of Tibet was brutal. The Chinese government killed many defenseless Buddhist monks and nuns as well as destroyed the Buddhist temples and monasteries.
The Dalai Lama, who is both the political leader and the spiritual leader of Tibet, fled the country to escape being arrested by China. Since that time, he lived in exile in Dharamsala, India under the protection of the Indian government.
Because of the Chinese government reaction to the 2009 proposed meeting between then President Obama and the Dalai Lama, their meeting was postponed. The first time they met was during the following year of 2010 as reported by the Washington Post. They have made a ritual of visiting with each other on average about once each year since then.
The Dahli Lama has a terrific sense of humor and does not take life so seriously that he cannot also enjoy himself. His enjoyment comes from meeting up with friends like Obama, having a glass of juice (apple juice is his favorite) or a cup of tea and enjoying good conversation. That is exactly what Obama needs right now.
On a more serious matter, both of these men are focused on promoting world peace. World peace will not come about if people just sit around and do nothing. As Ex-president Obama says, “If you don’t like what is happening, take action and do something about it.” Obama is working with the Obama Foundation and the Dalai Lama is doing what he always does, which is teaching people to be kind, compassionate, and to try to understand the points of view of others.
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