Dalai Lama on the meaning of Aloha!

17 Apr Dalai Lama on the meaning of Aloha!

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Monday he didn’t know until his latest trip to Hawaii what exactly the word “aloha” meant.”The world aloha is very simple but the real meaning is quite vast. You need a lot of effort to implement the real meaning of aloha,” he told reporters after blessing the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokulea, which is being prepared for an around-the-world trip.  Aloha is not just a word for hello and goodbye in Hawaiian, but it also means love, compassion, mercy, kindness, and charity among other concepts. Calvin Hoe, a leader in the renaissance of Hawaiian music and Kauai resident, hula and the arts and a representative of the Hakipuu district where the ceremony was held, chanted to welcome the Dalai Lama to Kualoa Park.

“Your blood is our blood. Your bones are our bones. Our stories are intertwined,” Hoe said in English after a Hawaiian language chant. The Dalai Lama told the media the words were “wonderful.”

His appearances were packed and the atmosphere was more like that of  a rock concert than a spiritual healer. Participants were all ages, economical status, nationalities, and religions.  I have friends that went to hear him and were mesmerized.  A great time, a great speaker and a peaceful presence amid all the violence around the world.