Words that live on, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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Tibet’s exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, has said that he expects to return to the country, which he fled in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
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The 76-year-old monk told Today presenter Sarah Montague that his own health remained quite good “so I am expecting another 10, 20 years. So within that, definitely things will change”. (more…)
Short video by His Holiness the Dalai Lama about unbiased compassion.
This clip from the question and answer session with Thai Buddhists held at his residence in Dharamsala, India, on March 15th, 2011.
Living Compassion is edited highlights of H.H. the Dalai Lama’s public talks and Buddhist teachings given at Nottingham, UK in May 2008.
In an accessible, humorous and lively manner he offers precious insights into the universal human values of forgiveness and tolerance. He further suggests that not only must we find peace within ourselves, but also that we must cultivate compassion by living our compassion, thereby transforming ourselves and the world around us.
Kalachakra mandala created by Losang Samten
in November of 2009 at the University of the Arts
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Photographed and edited by Thomas Bugaj
Audio recording and additional help provided by Christopher Adams
Special thanks to Barbara Montegomery, The Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, The University of the Arts, UArts Media Arts Department, Media Arts Equipment Office, Karl Staven
Palden Choedron, one of a group of 14 courageous Tibetan women who became known as the “singing nuns” after they smuggled out a recording of patriotic and religious songs from their prison cells, has arrived in exile in Dharamsala, India. After her release from an eight-year sentence in Drapchi prison, Palden Choedron attempted to escape from Tibet but was caught and served three years in a “reform through labour” camp before her second, successful escape from Tibet and arrival in India on September 1. (more…)
To remind us of the rarity of a human life like ours, Shantideva used the following analogy:
Therefore the Conqueror said that just like
A turtle putting its neck through the hole
Of a yoke floating on a vast ocean,
A human life is extremely hard to find.
A blind turtle lives on the ocean bed and surfaces just once every hundred years. A golden yoke floats on the vast ocean, blown here and there by the wind. What are the chances of the turtle surfacing at just the right time and in just the right place to be able to put its head through the yoke? Our chances of gaining a life of freedom and fortune are just as improbable. You may think it couldn’t possibly be so difficult, but cyclic existence is like a vast and stormy ocean and we are like the turtle that spends most of its time in the depths and only surfaces very occasionally. For most of our lives we have been in bad rebirths and it happens only very rarely that we emerge from these into a good rebirth. (more…)
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