Meeting the Dalai Lama
By Guy Riekeman
Those who expect to put in a life-time combating disease, fighting the entrance of disease, as tho it was an enemy with hostile intent, should not learn Chiropractic. It is very difficult to change a medical warrior into a peaceful Chiropractor.
D.D. Palmer 1910
Chiropractic is a peaceful profession and it has the potential to transform the healthcare system from fighting disease to facilitating health. The philosophy on which it’s based also has the power to create transformative social disruption, providing an ethical basis to support human flourishing for all people. I’m aware that kind of talk—of Chiropractic’s potential to change the world for the better— sets some of my colleagues’ teeth on edge, and they will call me a promoter or a dreamer or unscientific. Yet, Life University—by extrapolating Chiropractic philosophy into a philosophy of life and living and transformatively implementing it across other fields of study—has opened doors for LIFE and for me to share Chiropractic in ways and in venues never before possible.
And, it’s hard to know how to speak of it. I certainly never dreamed that, one day, I would meet the leader of a major world religion and have a few minutes to share with him how our values at Life U intersect values that the Dalai Lama refers to as “secular ethics.” And, of course, this possibility would never have existed without our neighbors at Emory and their ongoing work in Tibetan studies. In particular, I would like to express heartfelt thanks to Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership and also now a Fellow of Life University’s new Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (CCISE). Most of all, I want to thank Dr. Brendan Ozawa-deSilva, Life U Associate Professor in our Masters of Positive Psychology program and Associate Director of CCISE, for being my guide on one of the most profound experiences of my life.
It’s an honor to be able to share these photos of my audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in hope that they will inspire you to become part of today’s chiropractic leadership toward—not just a better system of healthcare—but toward a better humanity.