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Avalokiteshvara Empowerment at the Beginning of the Month of Saga Dawa
May 27th, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama taking his seat on his arrival at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, HP, India on May 27, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – The Tsuglagkhang, its surrounding areas and the yard below were filled with smiling faces, Tibetans’ and foreigners’, happy to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He took his seat on the throne and began the preparations he needed to complete to give an Avalokiteshvara empowerment.

Today is a special occasion,” he said, addressing the crowd, “linked to the collection of six-syllable mantras that we generally perform every year in this month that commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment. We do this recitation for the benefit of all sentient beings, but especially those human beings on this earth disturbed by attachment and anger. As Shantideva says, we don’t want suffering, but we run after its causes—the disturbing emotions within us. The Buddha said, “Don’t commit unwholesome deeds, do virtue”. In general actions that result in happiness count as virtue. Those that result in the suffering of others are unwholesome. Continua »

Launch of Arun Shourie’s book ‘Two Saints’
May 27th, 2017 by admin

Alan Shourie, Fali Nariman and Shyam Saran enjoying a moment of laughter as His Holiness the Dalai Lama answers a question from the audience at the launch of “Two Saints” at the Indian International Centre in New Delhi, India on May 25, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

New Delhi, India – This afternoon, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Delhi’s Indian International Centre in the sweltering heat, he was received by his old friend Dr Kapila Vatsyayan and his host, Arun Shourie. In the auditorium a representative of HarperCollins India introduced the occasion as the launch of Arun Shourie’s new book, ‘Two Saints’, which focuses on Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Ramana Maharshi.

In his preamble Arun Shourie praised His Holiness. He said that given that the number of Tibetans in exile is smaller than the population of Karol Bagh, the fact that Tibet is a matter of world concern is due to his efforts. He also noted with admiration that His Holiness takes the view that Buddhism must face facts. He states that where empirical observation contradicts scripture, the facts should prevail. Continua »

Indian Express Adda
May 25th, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at an Indian Express Adda in New Delhi, India on May 24, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

New Delhi, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s journey back to Delhi this morning was uneventful. After lunch he was invited to participate in an Indian Express Adda, an informal interaction with Anant Goenka, Executive Director and Vandita Mishra, National Opinions Editor of the Indian Express group. There were far more people wanting to be part of the audience than there were seats in the room. Many ended up sitting on the floor. Continua »

Seminar on ‘Social Justice and Dr BR Ambedkar’ May 23, 2017
May 24th, 2017 by admin

Sita Lakshmi, Chief of the News Bureau of the Bengaluru edition of the Times of India interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India on May 23, 2017. Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama flew from Delhi to Bengaluru yesterday and was welcomed on arrival by Shri H Amjaneya, Minister for Social Welfare in the Karnataka Government. After a powerful thunderstorm last night, this morning the sky was clear and the sun shone as His Holiness drove to Dr Ambedkar Bhavan. The approach roads were lined with Tibetans, many of them young students, eager to catch a glimpse of him. His arrival was marked by spirited drumming. Accompanied by his fellow guests, Shri Mallikarjuna Kharge, Leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party, and an old friend, and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, he entered the 1200 seat auditorium which was filled to capacity. Continua »

Tibet: muore tra le fiamme il giovane monaco Jamyang Losel in Amdo
May 23rd, 2017 by admin

Jamyang Losel

22 maggio 2017. Jamyang Losel, un monaco tibetano di 22 anni, si è dato la morte con il fuoco il 18 maggio a Chengtsa, nella Prefettura Autonoma Tibetana di Huangnan, Regione dell’Amdo.

Il giovane monaco, appartenente al monastero di Jerteng, situato nel villaggio di Nangra, si è cosparso di benzina e si è dato fuoco attorno alla mezzanotte di giovedì scorso nelle vicinanze della Ruota di Preghiera di Chengtsa. Fonti tibetane hanno fatto sapere che Jamyang è deceduto a causa delle gravissime ustioni riportate. Le autorità cinesi hanno rifiutato di consegnare il corpo ai famigliari.

Sale a quattro il numero dei tibetani che si sono autoimmolati in Tibet nel 2017 in segno di protesta contro l’occupazione cinese. Sono 150 i tibetani che dal 2009 ad oggi sono ricorsi a questo gesto estremo e si sa con certezza che almeno 125 sono deceduti. Continua »

Macchine della verità per i quadri del CCP in Tibet Orientale per verificare la lealtà
May 22nd, 2017 by admin

I media di stato cinesi della tumultuosa regione tibetana di Kardze hanno riportato che, in una mossa bizzarra e draconiana, agli ufficiali del partito comunista del Tibet orientale, nella provincia di Sichuan, è stato chiesto di sottoporsi alla macchina della verità per testare la loro fedeltà al Partito. Continua »

Interaction with Students Focussed on Secular Ethics
May 20th, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to a group of students at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on May 19, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Phuntsok/OHHDL

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – Three different groups of students met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his residence today. Ten from the University of Minnesota are taking a short course in Tibetan Medicine at the Men-tsee-khang. Twenty were from the University of Guelph, Canada, and are serving as volunteers within the Tibetan community in Dharamsala. They were joined by twenty-five students and staff from Tong Len a charitable trust whose vision is to support displaced Indian communities in the Kangra Valley, North India.  Continua »

Delegazione bipartisan USA in visita a Dharamsala. E’ un ragazzo di soli 16 anni l’ultimo autoimmolato in Tibet
May 13th, 2017 by admin

12 maggio 2017. Una delegazione parlamentare USA guidata dalla leader democratica di minoranza Nancy Pelosi e dal repubblicano Jim Sensenbrenner è stata ricevuta a Dharamsala dal Dalai Lama e da Lobsang Sangay, Primo Ministro dell’esecutivo tibetano in esilio

Gli otto membri della delegazione, che comprendeva i parlamentari Eliot Engel, Jim McGovern, Betty McCollum, Judy Chu, Joyce Beatty e Pramila Jayapal, sono arrivati a Dharamsala il giorno 9 maggio. Ricevuti dal Dalai Lama nella sua residenza, si sono poi recati presso la sede del governo tibetano in esilio e hanno visitato il Tibetan Children’s Village.

L’incontro dei membri del Congresso con il leader spirituale tibetano e i rappresentanti dell’Amministrazione Centrale Tibetana è culminato il 10 maggio, alla presenza di centinaia di tibetani festanti, con una grande cerimonia di benvenuto organizzata presso lo Tsuglakhan, il principale tempio di Dharamsala (nella foto). Nel suo discorso Nancy Pelosi, da anni vicina alle istanze del popolo tibetano, ha affermato che i membri della delegazione intendono adoperarsi per la ripresa del dialogo da anni interrotto tra il governo cinese e i rappresentanti del governo tibetano in esilio e battersi per la difesa dei diritti umani e dell’ambiente in Tibet. Continua »

US Congressional Delegation Given a Warm Welcome at Thekchen Chöling
May 12th, 2017 by admin

Members of the bipartisan US Congressional Delegation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay arriving at the Tsuglagkhang courtyard to attend a public reception in Dharamsala, HP, India on May 10, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – The yard before the Tsuglagkhang was packed with people today, mostly Tibetans, from all walks of life, eager to greet a US Bipartisan Congressional Delegation led by Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Jim Sensenbrenner. The delegation arrived for a two day visit yesterday. They met His Holiness the Dalai Lama and had lunch with him. In the afternoon they visited the Tibetan Children’s Village School and later met with the Kashag and leaders from among Tibetan Women. In the evening they were invited to dinner by the Central Tibetan Administration and were entertained at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). Continua »

Funzionari del Partito Comunista Cinese accusati di aver finanziato il Dalai Lama. Ultim’ora: un nuovo caso di autoimmolazione in Tibet.
May 5th, 2017 by admin

4 maggio 2017. Il capo della Commissione Disciplinare del Partito Comunista cinese all’interno della cosiddetta Regione Autonoma Tibetana ha accusato alcuni alti funzionari del Partito di avere fornito aiuti finanziari al Dalai Lama.

Senza rendere pubblici i nomi degli accusati e senza specificare se i funzionari in questione siano di etnia tibetana o han, Wang Yongjun ha dichiarato che alcuni membri del Partito “sono venuti meno ai propri obblighi e hanno messo a repentaglio la lotta anti separatista in atto nel paese”. Li ha inoltre beffeggiati accusandoli di “avere perduto la loro integrità politica e di avere completamente dimenticato la disciplina di Partito”. “Alcuni hanno persino fornito aiuti finanziari alla cricca del Dalai Lama, hanno aderito a gruppi clandestini secessionisti e fornito informazioni ad organizzazioni straniere”. Continua »

Thupten Jinpa, Voice for Compassion
May 4th, 2017 by admin

Six-year-old Thupten Jinpa once held the Dalai Lama’s hand during a school visit. In 1985, His Holiness asked Jinpa to be his principal English translator, which he has been ever since.

Thupten Jinpa, Voice for Compassion

By Lindsay Kyte, May 3, 2017

Thupten Jinpa is best known as the Dalai Lama’s translator, but this Buddhist Renaissance man has many roles—scholar, author, and leader in the dialogue between science and Buddhism. Driving them all, says Lindsay Kyte, is his mission to help us all be more compassionate.

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama

It’s in the teachings of my own Tibetan Buddhist tradition where I find many of the tools that help me navigate the challenges of everyday living in the contemporary world,” says scholar and translator Thupten Jinpa. Continua »

Core Committee Working on the Curriculum for Universal Values Reports Back
Apr 30th, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with members of the Core Committee Working on the Curriculum for Universal Values after their meeting in New Delhi, India on April 28, 2017. Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

With regard to teacher training there was a consensus that teachers should not just master a set of guidelines, but should embody the ethics they are teaching about. The next point of agreement was that the framework for Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning pioneered at Emory University should serve as the basis for any programme for developing secular ethics or universal values as envisioned by His Holiness. Topics covered included the basic framework, progress in curriculum development, issues of quality control, accreditation and approval from His Holiness‘s Office. Continua »

The Prof ML Sondhi Prize for International Politics
Apr 29th, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the audience after receiving the Professor ML Sondhi Prize for International Politics to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India on April 27, 2017. Photo by Lobsang Tsering/OHHDL

New Delhi, India – On his way to meet the Core Committee Working on the Curriculum for Universal Values this morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s car had negotiate its way round not one but two large puja elephants ambling along the road. Welcomed at the door by his host Analjit Singh and his son Vir, His Holiness first lit a ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the meeting. Geshe Lhakdor moderated today’s session which was an opportunity for delegates from several educational institutions to report to His Holiness about their deliberations yesterday. Continua »

Celebrato il compleanno dell’XI Panchen Lama a 22 anni dalla sua sparizione. A Roma il convegno: “La questione tibetana, il Panchen Lama e il controllo della religione in Tibet”
Apr 28th, 2017 by admin

27 aprile 2017. Il 25 aprile i tibetani e i sostenitori della loro causa in tutto il mondo hanno celebrato il 28°compleanno di Gedhun Choekyi Nyma, XI Panchen Lama del Tibet, scomparso nel 1995 a soli sei anni di età.Di grande interesse il convegno “La Questione Tibetana, il Panchen Lama e il controllo della religione in Tibet”, svoltosi a Roma, presso la sede del Partito Radicale, il 26 aprile. L’evento è stato organizzato da Amnesty International, dall’ Associazione Italia-Tibet e dal Partito Radicale Nonviolento Transnazionale e Transpartito. Sono intervenuti: Claudio Cardelli (presidente dell’Associazione Italia – Tibet), Chodup Tchiring (membro della Comunità Tibetana in Italia), Tseten Longhini (presidente della Sezione Italiana dell’Associazione delle Donne Tibetane), Laura Harth (vice coordinatrice della Campagna per il Diritto alla Conoscenza, Partito Radicale Nonviolento Transnazionale e Transpartito), Paolo Pobbiati (membro del Comitato Direttivo di Amnesty International Italia), Nicola Morra (senatore, Movimento 5 Stelle). Molti gli argomenti discussi: si è parlato di Asia, Buddismo, Cina, Cultura, Dalai Lama, Donna, Economia, Esteri, Pancen Lama, Pannella, Politica, Religione, Società, Storia, Tibet, Violenza.

La registrazione audio dell’evento (durata 2h.) al sito:

https://www.radioradicale.it/scheda/506751/la-questione-tibetana-il-panchen-lama-e-il-controllo-della-religione-in-tibet

Continua »

The Politics of Reincarnation: India, China, and the Dalai Lama
Apr 22nd, 2017 by admin

The Politics of Reincarnation: India, China, and the Dalai Lama

Will the Dalai Lama reincarnate in Tawang?

By Tshering Chonzom Bhutia. April 20, 2017

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh from April 7 to 11 garnered plenty of media attention. One of the most prominently discussed questions centered around the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation.

The Chinese side was unequivocal in not only objecting to the visit but also commenting on the reincarnation issue. The Chinese position, as encapsulated in remarks by scholars from important Chinese think tanks, is that the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation has to be approved by the Chinese government and selection has to be based on a combination of not just “historical rules” but also current “Chinese laws.” Continua »

Tibet: ancora un caso di autoimmolazione a Kardze
Apr 20th, 2017 by admin

18 aprile 2017. Wangchuk Tseten, un tibetano di trent’anni padre di tre figli, ha cercato la morte con il fuoco il 15 aprile a Kardze, capitale dell’omonima Prefettura Autonoma Tibetana, nella regione del Kham.

Wangchuk Tseten era originario del villaggio di Asey, nella Contea di Nyarong. Si è dato fuoco intorno alle sette del mattino (ora locale) nella piazza principale della città di Kardze. In un video postato su Facebook si vedono alcuni agenti di sicurezza cinesi nell’atto di spegnere con gli estintori le fiamme che avvolgono una persona immobile a terra. Fonti tibetane hanno riferito che il corpo di Wangchuk, devastato dal fuoco, è stato portato dalla polizia in una località al momento sconosciuta. Non si hanno notizie precise sulle sue condizioni di salute ma chi ha assistito a questo nuovo caso di autoimmolazione ritiene assai improbabile che possa essere sopravvissuto. Continua »

Il Dalai Lama in Italia
Apr 17th, 2017 by admin

Il Dalai Lama in Italia

Siamo lieti di comunicare che Sua Santità il XIV Dalai Lama ha accettato l’invito rivolto dall’Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa di Pomaia e sarà in Toscana dal 19 al 21 settembre 2017. Tale visita seguirà quella in Sicilia dal 16 al 18 settembre in ragione dell’invito delle città di Messina e Palermo.
La visita in Toscana prevede inizialmente un
 incontro pubblico a Firenze nella giornata del 19 settembre. L’iniziativa è sostenuta dal Comune di Firenze che a propria volta ha invitato in città Sua Santità il Dalai Lama.
Nelle giornate del 20 e 21 settembre il Dalai Lama si trasferirà a
 Pisa dove parteciperà ad un simposio organizzato in collaborazione tra l’Università di Pisa e l’Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa  Continua »

A Final Empowerment, a Long-Life Offering and a Public Talk
Apr 14th, 2017 by admin

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India – Last night’s heavy rain left the morning sky clear and the early morning sun shone on the mist wreathed hills as His Holiness the Dalai Lama travelled again to the Yiga Choezin teaching ground. In the yard of Tawang Monastery, on the road down and lining his path to the throne, people waited eagerly to greet him. From the throne he addressed them.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama acknowledging the crowd of over 50,000 gathered to attend the final day of his teachings at the Yiga Choezin teaching ground in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India on April 10, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

This is the third day of these public teachings. On the first I gave an introduction to the Buddha’s teachings and read the ‘Stages of Meditation’ to you. The traditional approach begins by explaining death and impermanence and so on, but I don’t find that so appropriate. I prefer to follow the pattern of Maitreya’s ‘Ornament for Clear Realization’ that begins with the Two Truths, conventional and ultimate, and goes on to examine the Four Noble Truths as well as taking refuge in the Three Jewels.

Starting with the Two Truths means introducing emptiness at the outset, which can be done in terms of dependent arising. It’s an approach that can have a universal appeal. Just as other religions present a saviour, Buddhists have the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, which Chandrakirti describes as the refuge of those who aspire to liberation. I referred to this approach in a verse towards the end of the Praise to the 17 Nalanda Masters.

By understanding the meaning of the two truths, the way things exist,
We ascertain through the four truths how we arrive in and how we leave the cycle of existence.
Engendered by valid cognition our faith in the three refuges will be firm.
May I be blessed to establish the root of the path to liberation. Continua »

Il Dalai Lama parla della Cina
Apr 13th, 2017 by admin

Il Dalai Lama parla della Cina

Il leader spirituale del buddismo tibetano ha detto l’8 aprile che tocca ai suoi seguaci decidere se esisterà ancora un Dalai Lama in futuro.

In un discorso fatto a decine di migliaia di suoi seguaci a Tawang, nell’Arunachal Pradesh, la secondo più alta sede del buddismo tibetano, il Dalai Lama ha negato di sapere dove il suo successore sarebbe nato.

Alla domanda se il prossimo Dalai Lama potrebbe essere una donna, ha poi detto, «Questo anche potrebbe accadere». Continua »

Il Dalai Lama arriva a Pisa, convegno e incontro con gli studenti il 20 e 21 settembre ’17
Apr 13th, 2017 by admin

Il Dalai Lama arriva a Pisa, convegno e incontro con gli studenti

Il leader spirituale del Tibet il 20 e 21 settembre in Toscana per partecipare a un simposio internazionale all’Università. di Valeria Strambi

I misteri della mente indagati in un simposio internazionale in cui l’ospite d’onore sarà niente meno che il Dalai Lama. Si chiama “The Mindscience of Reality” il dibattito che andrà in scena il 20 e 21 settembre prossimi al Palazzo dei Congressi di Pisa e al quale parteciperà proprio il leader spirituale del Tibet. L’iniziativa è organizzata dall’Università di Pisa insieme all’Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa di Pomaia e prevede un dibattito tra studiosi di fama internazionale nel campo delle Neuroscienze, della Fisica e della Filosofia. Ma prima di partecipare al convegno, che sarà riservato a non più di mille persone, la mattina del 20 settembre il Dalai Lama terrà un incontro pubblico aperto agli studenti e all’intera cittadinanza.
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Empowerment and Visits to Ugyen Ling & the Dorje Khandu Memorial Museum
Apr 12th, 2017 by admin

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama reached Yiga Choezin earlier today in order to do the preparatory rituals required for him to give an Avalokiteshvara Empowerment.

At the request of local MLA Jambey Tashi he signed placards concerning projects in other places. One related to the Dolma Lhakhang that has been built at Lumla, another depicted a statue of Guru Padmasambhava at Lunpo Zemithang near the Tibetan border. He also unveiled a foundation stone for a statue of Maitreya to be constructed near the border with Bhutan.

The Buddha was someone who taught about dependent arising from his own experience,’ His Holiness explained when he was ready. “It’s important not only to try to be good people, but also good followers of the Buddha. What is unique about his teaching, his explanation of dependent arising free of extremes, is highlighted in the opening verses of Nagarjuna’s ‘Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way’.

I prostrate to the Perfect Buddha,
The best of teachers, who taught that
Whatever is dependently arisen is
Unceasing, unborn, Continua »

Il Dalai Lama: “Memorabile la mia visita in Arunachal Pradesh”
Apr 12th, 2017 by admin