Keep your Heart an Ocean

“Never give up. No matter what is going on never give up. Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart, BE COMPASSIONATE not just to your friends but to everyone, BE COMPASSIONATE work for peace in your heart and in the world. Work for peace and I say again, never give up. No matter what is happening, no matter what is going on around you. Never give up.”
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama QuoteThe Dalai Lama has touched millions of people with his teachings of compassion, kindness, and openness to the world. What got me first interested in the Dalai Lama and Buddhism was actually listening to a podcast. Please listen to this Moth Podcast about how the Dalai Lama touched this particular man.

The process of Buddhism, opening your heart to the world and being compassionate, is all about “…giving and taking… that means, give me all your pain, and I’ll give you all my joy. The reason he [The Dalai Lama] sat for 30 years in mediation was to open his heart so that it gets as big as the ocean, so that if you pour some paint into it… it absorbs it. That’s what his whole life is about.”

This is what my whole life is about and this is what I want to share with the world. From trekking through the rainforests of Central America to speaking to children about the importance of recycling, this website features the creative and professional works, travels, and accomplishments of Michael G. Starkey. Questions? Comments? Want to talk frogs? Email me:

Copyright © 2012 Michael G. Starkey. All Rights Reserved. Photos & content by Michael Starkey, unless otherwise noted.



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