RC: From the beginning.
HHDL: From the beginning.
And secondly, the past, whether glorious or miserable, is already gone. Important is the
future, so when we think about the future: the younger generation—these are the seeds of the future. So therefore, in order to build safer happier world, with children is the foundation. So therefore, I always very much admire your work. So this is, I think, [the] responsibility for everybody.
RC: Like the song says, “it takes a village.” HHDL: That’s very good, that’s right.
RC: This is what I want to do in the next 20 years: plant the seeds of a social revolution that perhaps we have not seen before, around the universal ethic of the young child. Because if we honour that child fully, we have to honour mother, we have to honour the supportive father, the extended family and outward. And of course Mother Earth.
HHDL: That’s right, that’s I think the right way, right way to change the world, change for better, change for safer.
RC: Benefits everyone…
HHDL: That’s right, that’s right…
RC: We reduce suffering… the Buddhist texts talk about reducing suffering in the world and I think to myself, if we only gave the young child priority attention, imagine how much unnecessary suffering would be reduced!
HHDL: Exactly, exactly. Very true, very true.
I think the world free from any trouble, that’s I think impossible. Because so long as the world remains, so long as we human beings remain there, some kind of trouble there… (Laughter.)
So now, non-violence does not mean we remain indifferent. Non-violence means we fully engage the problem or the trouble … we need more courage, more will, more self confidence. For that, one important thing is to be truthful, open. For some of the children’s minds, the surrounding, the compassionate surrounding, [if] honest, then children growing up in those circumstances are more open, more truthful…
RC: And perhaps if we respect their thoughts and their own voice in the early years, then they grow up with a sense of themselves…
HHDL: Right, that’s right–more self-confidence, less fear. So through that way, I think for children who grow up in that atmosphere, maybe easier to practise honest truth.