Interview with Amandine Roche: "only connect with your inner peace can bring peace to the world"

The cultivation of the ability that has the mind of staying on the same site is called practice of paying attention. Attention is like a rope that prevents that the wild elephant from Shantideva destroys everything that gets you ahead. By Koncha pines-Pey for space MIMIND.

© Gelareh Kiazand Amandine

Should with rope paying attention
We moored to the elephant of the mind,
our fears will dissolve
and all the virtues fall on our hands.
Indian master Shantideva

Rope care makes us return to experience immediate, breathing, walking, listening to the other. I ask for a moment of your attention to understand the qualities virtuous that they come from this woman, kind, clever and persistent at the same time we are meditating on his words.

Salam Alaikum, Bonjour, Good morning, good morning... in which language can we speak with this beautiful woman who is a brave and powerful gem?

What does your name mean?

My name comes from the Latin verb toMare, love in gerund: "That to which we love".

When you were small dreamed be Explorer, photographer, Yogi, politics, lawyer or simply another thing?

When I was a child I promised to myself that would never be bored in my life. I wanted to explore the world, be a reporter, photographer and film director. My paternal grandmother was reading me stories of great mystics and explorers. He dreamed of having the same life. My maternal grandmother was Polish and described to me his life in the concentration camp during the war. I promised to myself that would study human rights, work for United Nations and fight for democracy. I am very grateful to my family roots.

What are the episodes that changed your life?

I had three life experiences that I have changed. The first was when H.H. Dalai Lama came to my law school to give a talk on human rights violations in Tibet. I decided to focus my studies in Tibet and wrote my thesis in political science on Panchen Lama, the second great Tibetan authority kidnapped by the Chinese Government.

The second experience was when I went to Asia, following in the footsteps of her Maillart - a Swiss adventurer - and had been invited by the Government of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Luckily I went on 10 September 2011. I was lucky to get out before the Americans would bomb. On the border of Pakistan could not rescue an Afghan girl, so I promised myself to myself that he would return to Afghanistan and would work for peace.

The third great life experience was when my colleagues in the United Nations were kidnapped in Kabul and we were evacuated. I was fatal, was so stressed that I decided to go to Dharamsala, India, to listen to teachings from H.H. Dalai Lama. I did yoga, ayurveda and meditated. And then I realized that despite having worked many years for United Nations in the Department of peace operations was time of working for inner peace, and to keep it think my Foundation in Afghanistan.

The episode of 18 with the Dalai Lama?

I was lucky to be sitting in the middle of all the Tibetan monks when H.H. Dalai Lama came to speak. To see a blond head of a young woman in the middle of the shaved heads of the monks, his Holiness stood in front of me, put her face next to mine and blessed me. One month after having known I had a car accident, a near-death experience. Then I realized that it wasn't me nothing thanks to the blessing of his Holiness.

What for you on September 11, 2001?

He was in Kabul when the Taliban informed us that the World Trade Center had been attacked. At night, the Northern Alliance bombed Kabul airport in revenge of these facts and Commander Massoud was assassinated. I knew that this was the end of the world or the beginning of another.

Do you meditate? Practical techniques and who introduced you to it?

I meditate since I was little. It had a very deep connection with my inner voice, it always found answers. I learned mindfulness with Arnaud Desjardins, and Sogyal Rimpoche. I have done on several occasions ten days of silence of Vipassana retreat. But now basically what I do is to follow my teacher Amma.

What do you think that meditation can contribute to world peace processes?

As H.H. Dalai Lama says "not we can achieve peace without getting peace of mind." I agree completely with him. Meditation helps you to know who you connect with your soul, the source of peace, love, light and harmony. Once you've connected to your soul, this guides you through meditation, and only this can help bring peace and light to the world.

What is for you the intelligence?

To bring more peace to the world, we need to focus more on what is the real intelligence, which is fundamentally spiritual and not so intellectual... As Einstein said: the mind is the servant of the soul, so we need to strengthen the teacher and not the servant. It is in the mind of man is created where the war and its causes are the lack of control of negative emotions such as hate, jealousy or envy.

What can you tell us of the ethnic Multiversity in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan is a mosaic of people trying to live together in harmony for many centuries. The hazara, with their beautiful eyes, are descendants of the Mongols and live in the Hindu Kush. They are Muslim Shiite muslims, who are in frequent disputes with Afghan Sunnis. The tajik represent 25% of the population and are descended from the bactrians. They are easily recognizable by his olive complexion, his slender body, they speak dari, a language derived from Persian. The Uzbeks, from Amu Daria. The kizilbashi, who are Turkish Persian speakers. The bravos Turkmen, originating from the valleys. The Pashtun/pathan, Indo-European in origin, and that they believe to be the elite of the country, occupying the positions of greater power. They legislate and impart justice according to its own code, with an exalted virility and large combat cravings. On the podium of the tribes, the pathan are the highest. His reputation is well known as traffickers, bandits, extremely sensitive to pathology, with anything that reguarde your world with a medieval honor concept and strong roots of attachment to the land. The pathan are the Kings of the country, its objective is to remain in power, and are not afraid to make it clear to the rest of the world.

You ordained Amanuddin Foundation in Afghanistan, what does this name mean?

Amanuddin is the name the Taliban gave me when it comes to Afghanistan, is very similar to my name, and means (Djinn) religion of peace (Aman).

What you do in Afghanistan and with whom work?

The Foundation has a school called light torches, with 300 children, we created together with a friend taliban in the poorest and most violent of the Kabul area. We want this school to become a school of peace, where there may be conditions of growth, non-violence, yoga and meditation. We also have a programme of meditation that we teach in prisons, with the Taliban, Afghan women and children. We have made an agreement with the Ministry of health to train Afghan doctors in the Department of Mental health, also to work the entire line of post-traumatic stress disorders.

Yoga in Kabul

Why teach yoga and not something else?

I teach yoga, meditation and non-violence; everything I've learned from my spiritual teachers in India.

What Europeans can do to preserve the peace in Afghanistan?

I think, as said Einstein, that we can not provide a solution to the problem with the same energy that created the problem. Afghanistan needs a spiritual response to the war.

Shantideva says: "the total happiness of the world depends on making others happy, and the unhappiness of the world comes from making happy ourselves". What does suggest this phrase?

Shantideva is a master. His vision and wisdom has been strongly expressed by H.H. Dalai Lama, who said that we should read each day Shantideva to find inspiration in action for the world. Make much sense; Unable to find real happiness if it is not in service to others. Stroking the ego only leads to suffering.

Salaam Aleikum, peace be always with you.

Roche Amandine has the deep and tender courage of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan. The political legacy of this famous disciple of Gandhi, known among the Pashtuns and Indians internationally, is attributed the creation of the army's largest non-violence ever created, defender of women's rights and nonviolence. Throughout his life he never broke compatibility between Islam and nonviolence. Its Jihad was against the internal enemy: ignorance.


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By • 24 Jun, 2013 • section: General