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Pema Gyaltsen si è autoimmolato
Mar 22nd, 2017 by admin

Pema

Pema Gyaltsen, un tibetano di ventiquattro anni, si è autoimmolato il 18 marzo a Nyarong, nella provincia del Kham. Sale a 147 il numero dei tibetani che hanno cercato la morte con il fuoco all’interno del Tibet occupato.

Pema Gyaltsen, un agricoltore familiarmente chiamato Pegyal, si è autoimmolato con il fuoco nelle vicinanze del monastero di Tsokha, a Nyarong, nella regione orientale del Kham, attorno alle 16.00, ora locale, di sabato 18 marzo. Avvolto dalle fiamme ha invocato il ritorno del Dalai Lama e la libertà del Tibet. La polizia, immediatamente arrivata in forze sul posto, ha preso in consegna il suo corpo: secondo alcune fonti Pema, ancora in vita il 19 marzo, è stato ricoverato all’ospedale di Kardze dove è deceduto. Altre fonti riferiscono invece che il nuovo eroe tibetano è ancora in vita. Sembra che i parenti del giovane tibetano, recatisi alla stazione di polizia per vedere il loro congiunto, siano stati picchiati e trattenuti per tutta la notte all’interno dell’edificio.

In data odierna si è appreso che la polizia ha tratto in arresto circa duecento tibetani che a Nyarong manifestavano la loro solidarietà a Pema Gyaltsen. I loro telefono sono stati confiscati.

Pema è il 147° tibetano che, dal 2009, ha cercato la morte con il fuoco all’interno del Tibet. Prima di lui, a Nyarong, si è autoimmolato nel 2016 Kalsang Wangdu, un ragazzo di soli 18 anni.

Fonti: Phayul – TibetNet http://www.italiatibet.org/2017/03/22/un-giovane-tibetano-si-autoimmola-a-nyarong/

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Madhya Pradesh
Mar 21st, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Madhya Pradesh to Talk on the Environment and Happiness

India should focus on development of villages: Dalai Lama
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, 19 March 2017 (PTI) - India should focus on development of villages to ensure prosperity, the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said on Sunday. “India’s prosperity depends on the development of villages instead of developing big cities. So, the journey of development should start from rural areas of the country,” the Dalai Lama told a gathering at Turnal village of Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh.
He was here to participate in the ongoing ‘Namami Devi Narmade-Sewa Yatra,’ which is aimed at conserving Narmada river.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at Narmade-Sewa Yatra in Turnal, Madhya Pradesh, India on March 19, 2017. Photo by Lobsang Tsering/OHHDL

India is predominantly an agriculture-based economy and rural India must be transformed for the country’s development.
“The focus should be on developing basic facilities like health and education in rural areas. All the basic requirements of the people should be made available in the villages. India will transform only through the rural transformation,” the Dalai Lama said.
The Tibetan spiritual leader also stressed the need for greater participation of women in different fields.
“The women are more sensitive and full of compassion. Their enhanced participation will make the world a better place as they can ensure promoting deeper human values,” he said.
While lauding the river conservation campaign launched by MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who also participated in the programme, the Dalai Lama said the people should think holistically as far as global warming was concerned.
“The environment has been changing across the world. Our approach should be holistic. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been making efforts for conservation of river Narmada. People should actively participate in such campaigns to make them successful,” he said.

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Latest self-immolation protest by a Tibetan reported in Tibet
Mar 20th, 2017 by admin

File photo of Pema GyaltsenA 24-year old Tibetan man named Pema Gyaltsen (also known as Pegyal) self-immolated at around 4pm local time, on March 18, 2017, near Tsoga monastery in Nyagrong, Kham, eastern Tibet.

Sources have said “he called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and for freedom in Tibet at the time of self-immolation.”

The police reportedly arrived at the scene and immediately took away his charred body.

A minute-long video has emerged out of Nyagrong today, which shows a huge police presence at the self-immolation site.

It is reported that Pema Gyaltsen,  an unmarried farmer is the lone breadwinner for his family of six-parents and four siblings.

Two sources from the Tibetan exile community said Gyaltsen was taken to a hospital in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. One source said he later died, but the other said his contacts in the region believed he was still alive in hospital.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visit to Nava Nalanda Mahavihara and 2nd Day of International Buddhist Conference
Mar 19th, 2017 by admin

Visit to Nava Nalanda Mahavihara and 2nd Day of International Buddhist Conference

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, 18 March 2017 – This morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove to the nearby Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, which was established as a university in 1951.

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H. H. Dalai Lama at the Inauguration of the International Conference on Buddhism in 21st Century
Mar 18th, 2017 by admin

Inauguration of the International Conference on Relevance of Buddhism in 21st Century

Rajgir, Bihar, India, 17 March 2017 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama departed Dharamsala yesterday morning as rain clouds gathered overhead. On arriving at Gaya Airport, he was received by representatives of the Bihar State Government. After a brisk lunch, he drove to Rajgir, where he stopped his car at the foot of the hills leading to Vulture’s Peak. This is where Buddha Shakyamuni turned the Wheel of Dharma for the second time with his explanation of the Perfection of Wisdom. His Holiness remained a few minutes in silent reflection facing in the direction of the sacred site.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives Thousand Armed Avalokiteshvara Empowerment
Mar 15th, 2017 by admin

Thousand Armed Avalokiteshvara Empowerment in Dharamsala

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 14 March 2017 - The weather was milder today as His Holiness the Dalai Lama walked from his residence to the Tsuglagkhang, greeting well-wishers as he went.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting members of the public on his way to the Main Tibetan Temple on the second day of teachings in Dharamsala, HP, India on March 14, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Having taken his seat on the throne he immediately began the preparatory procedures for the Avalokiteshvara empowerment he was going to give. While he did this people gathered in the temple and its surroundings followed the chant master’s steady recitation of Om mani padme hum. When he was ready, His Holiness explained what he was about to do.
“Today I’m going to give the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara with 1000 arms and 1000 eyes. Avalokiteshvara is praised by all the Buddhas. He is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Victorious Ones. As Chandrakirti wrote in his ‘Entering into the Middle Way’ - compassion is important in the beginning, middle and end of the path. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have great qualities of body, speech and mind based on minds that are rooted in compassion. To begin with all the Buddhas generated the awakening mind of bodhichitta based on their having a courageous heart of compassion. By serving others they fulfil their own purposes—because they have compassion.
“We Tibetans call ourselves the people of Avalokiteshvara and likewise we regard the Chinese as blessed by Manjushri. However, until now we have tended to be selfish, driven by a self-cherishing attitude that has resulted in our not fulfilling our wishes. By switching that attitude to a concern for others and cultivating wisdom we can overcome the sufferings of others and ourselves. A commentary to the Perfection of Wisdom says that bodhisattvas focus on other beings and on enlightenment in order to help them.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Teaching ‘Stages of Meditation’ and 37 Practices
Mar 14th, 2017 by admin

Teaching ‘Stages of Meditation’ and ‘37 Practices of a Bodhisattva’

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 13 March 2017 - The Tsuglagkhang, the Main Tibetan Temple, and its surrounding verandas, as well as the courtyard below, were filled with people this morning waiting for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to arrive. When he did, he stood before the throne, hand raised in greeting, looking carefully to see who was there. Among the crowd were pilgrims from Tibet and they were who His Holiness addressed once he sat on the throne.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting members of the crowd gathered in the courtyard as he makes his way to the Main Tibetan Temple for the first day of his two day teaching in Dharamsala, HP, India on March 13, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Since many of you couldn’t attend the recent Kalachakra empowerment, this teaching today is principally for you. I have great admiration for the strength of spirit of you people in Tibet. Today, there are 400 million Buddhists in China who follow traditions similar to ours, but where we differ is in our use of logic and reason.  Buddhism was first introduced to Tibet in the 7th century when the Emperor Songtsen Gampo married a Chinese and a Nepalese princess and each of them brought a statue of the Buddha with them. But when Emperor Trisong Detsen wanted to strengthen Buddhism in the country he turned to India and invited Shantarakshita who was one of the top scholars from Nalanda.

Shantarakshita may not have been widely renowned, but when we read what he wrote we can judge his calibre. His works include the ‘Ornament of the Middle Way’, which deals with what the Mind Only and Middle Way schools of thought have in common, and the ‘Tattvasamgraha’, an explanation of epistemology.
“It was also in Trisong Detsen’s reign that Samye Monastery was founded. It included a Monastic section and a Translation section, where translation of texts that would make up the Kangyur and Tengyur collections was done. There had been Chinese monks in Tibet since the time of Songtsen Gampo and many of them were part of the Unwavering Concentration section which focussed on single-pointed meditation. Some of these monks asserted that there was no need for study, what was required to attain enlightenment, they claimed, was to empty the mind of thought.
“Shantarakshita had anticipated that a conflict might arise between his logical, reasoned approach to the Dharma and this non-conceptual method. He’d advised the Emperor to invite his disciple Kamalashila to Tibet to deal with it. Kamalashila was also a scholar of epistemology. His view prevailed and Tibet became the only Buddhist country where the Nalanda tradition and the use of reason and logic were preserved. We have kept this alive for more than 1000 years.”

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Celebrating the ‘Day of Miracles’
Mar 13th, 2017 by admin

Celebrating the ‘Day of Miracles’

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 12 March 2017 - The sky was a pristine blue as the peaks of the Dhauladhar range glinted in the rising sun this morning as people gathered in the yard of the Tsuglagkhang adjacent to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence.

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Statement of Sikyong on the 58th Tibetan National Uprising Day
Mar 12th, 2017 by admin

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Statement of Sikyong on the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

On this day, in 1959, Tibetans from across the social spectrum rose up to stage a defiant yet peaceful uprising against the illegal occupation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China. Today, as we commemorate the fifty-eighth anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day, we remember and pay tribute to all those who have sacrificed their lives for our nation’s struggle. Till date, an estimated million Tibetans have perished and 98% of monasteries were destroyed under the Chinese occupation.

Although, today is a time for us to mourn, however there are reasons for us to be proud and hopeful. Hopeful of the fact that on this historic day, Tibetan men and women from all three provinces marched in unison, bravely challenging Chinese invasion by raising the slogans…. “Tibet belongs to Tibetans,” and “stop interfering in His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s rule,” thus making known their aspirations.

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Discorso del Sikyong nel 58° anniversario dell’insurrezione nazionale tibetana
Mar 11th, 2017 by admin

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In questo stesso giorno, nel 1959, i tibetani di ogni classe sociale insorsero inscenando una manifestazione di sfida – anche se del tutto pacifica – contro l’illegale occupazione del Tibet da parte della Repubblica popolare cinese. Oggi, nel commemorare il 58° anniversario dell’Insurrezione Nazionale Tibetana, ricordiamo e rendiamo omaggio a tutti coloro che hanno sacrificato la loro vita lottando per la nostra nazione. A partire da quella data si stima che, come conseguenza dell’invasione cinese, circa un milione di persone abbiano perso la vita e sia stato demolito il 98% dei monasteri.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Norbulingka Institute
Mar 11th, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits Norbulingka Institute

Sidhpur, Distt Kangra, HP, India, 9 March 2017 - A chill wind blew off the snow covered hills and cold rain fell from a heavy sky over the Kangra Valley this morning. Inside the Main Temple of Norbulingka Institute

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Raimondo Bultrini: L’anno dell’uccello di fuoco
Feb 27th, 2017 by admin

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L’anno dell’uccello di fuoco

di Raimondo Bultrini

Tra stanotte e domattina il Tibet celebrerà il Losar, il nuovo anno che passa dal segno della scimmia di fuoco a quello dell’uccello di fuoco, il gallo. A cicli di 12 per ogni elemento, i simboli degli animali che formano lo zodiaco tibetano e cinese variano solo in qualche definizione, ma le date di celebrazione sono soggette a diversi calcoli. In Tibet vengono effettuati sulla base di un sistema adottato dai lama fin dall’antichità e trasmesso da maestro a discepolo. Il nuovo anno cinese è già stato festeggiato infatti un mese lunare fa.

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H.H.Dalai Lama Speaks to Delegates from the First Tibetan Women’s Conference
Feb 24th, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks to Delegates from the First Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Conference

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 23 February 2017 - This morning at his residence, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed more than 300 delegates participating in the first Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Conference. The conference, organised by the CTA, has been taking place in Gangchen Kyishong and has involved representatives of the Tibetan settlements right across India. He began by asking if they were happy with the discussions they’d been having and suggested that rather than simply talk about gender equality it was better to work on putting it into effect.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at his residence to delegates participating in the first Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Conference in Dharamsala, HP, India on February 23, 2016. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

We are all part of the 7 billion human beings alive today, but some of us are very well off, while elsewhere others are starving. I believe we can address this disparity if we work hard and develop self-confidence. That in turn depends on cultivating inner strength and the root of inner strength is developing compassion for others.”
Noting that Tibetans have been in exile for almost 58 years, His Holiness recalled meeting Indian leaders like Rajendra Prasad and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who, in addition to being President and Vice President of the country respectively, impressed him with their scholarship. Listening to Radhakrishnan elegantly declaim verses from Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti in Sanskrit brought tears to his eyes, he said. However, he added that he also secretly suspected that he both understood and could explain better what the verses meant.
His Holiness attributed this confidence to the rigorous training he’d undertaken in Tibet, which was founded on the system originally established in the 8th century by Shantarakshita. This combined an exploration of philosophy with a strict command of reason and logic. This approach encourages investigating the topic in hand from different angles, something that can be useful in any branch of education.
He observed that since scientists are increasingly recognising that a disturbed state of mind is bad for our health, there is a growing appreciation of the need to learn more about our emotions and most particularly how to tackle our destructive emotions.

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Ground-breaking Ceremony for the South Asia Hub of the Dalai Lama
Feb 15th, 2017 by admin

Ground-breaking Ceremony for the South Asia Hub of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and a Public Talk

Hyderabad, Telangana, India, 12 February 2017 - A swift drive across Hyderabad this morning brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the site on Hitex Road, Madhapur, where the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics is to build its South Asia Hub. This will be a cooperative venture supported by the MIT based think tank and the Telangana State Government.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Governor of Telangana State HE ESL Narasimhan unveiling the foundation stone for the South Asia Hub of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics in Hyderabad, Telangana, India on February 12, 2017.
Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness and HE ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Telangana, unveiled the foundation stone together and then took part in a symbolic planting of saplings, which will grow on the campus.  They were joined in these observances by Deputy Chief Minister, Mohammad Mahmood Ali and Minister of Industries, MA&UD and IT Kalvankutla Taraka Rama Rao. The Governor remarked that peace is commonly invoked in Hindu ceremonies. His Holiness agreed and suggested that prayer also needs to be augmented by action such as training the mind.
At the Hitex Open Arena nearby Ven Tenzin Priyadarshi, founder of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values greeted an audience of more than 1000 in the marquee and another 15000 online. He requested the Deputy Chief Minister, Mohammad Mahmood Ali to formally welcome His Holiness and then invited KT Rama Rao to introduce him. His Holiness began his address in his customary way.
“I always begin by greeting an audience as brothers and sisters, because I consider myself to be just one among the 7 billion human beings who I view as brothers and sisters. The way we are born and the way we die is the same whether we are kings, queens, spiritual leaders or beggars. This is why having a sense of the oneness of humanity is important. Wherever I go and whoever I talk to I try to promote this idea in an effort to break down barriers between us. Whenever I can I smile which mostly prompts others to smile in return, making us both happy.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Talks to Trainee Officers
Feb 14th, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Governor of Telangana State HE ESL Narasimhan unveiling the foundation stone for the South Asia Hub of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics in Hyderabad, Telangana, India on February 12, 2017.
Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Talks to Trainee Officers of the National Police Academy

Hyderabad, Telangana, India, 11 February 2017 - This morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama took a relatively short and uneventful flight from Vijayawada to Hyderabad where he was received by representatives of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy. He drove to the Academy where he was welcomed to the Rajasthan Bhavan Guest House by the Director of the Academy, Ms Aruna Bahuguna, the first woman to occupy that eminent post. The Rajasthan Bhavan stands on a hill with a view across green lawns and the Mir Alam Tank to Hyderabad in the distance.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama laying a wreath at the Martyr’s Memorial at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad, Telangana, India on February 11, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

After lunch, His Holiness was driven in an electric golf cart through the campus to the Martyr’s Memorial, where, while a white-uniformed Police Band played, he laid a wreath. Behind the Basic Course Training Complex he planted a sapling that will commemorate his visit. Arriving at the Central Hall, where an audience of about 200, including 139 IPS Probationers and 15 officer trainees from Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal, waited to listen to him, he took his seat on the stage. A young woman trainee introduced him and invited him to speak.
“Usually I like to stand when I speak in public,” he began, “but after yesterday’s exertions, I feel a little tired. The day before yesterday too when I reached Vijayawada I had thought of paying a visit to Amaravati, a Buddhist site in the vicinity of Nagarjunakonda, but while in my mind I was eager to go, my body told me it was too tired. So, may I have your permission to speak to you sitting down?”
The question elicited a crisp, reply in unison, “Yes sir.”
“Dear brothers and sister is how I always address the audience, because we are all the same at human beings. These days many of the problems we face are of our own making since we neglect the fact that at a fundamental level we are all the same. The way we are born and the way we go are the same. We are physically, mentally and emotionally the same.
“We all want to live a happy life and we all have a right to do so, if we were really to recognise that there’d be no room for exploiting, bullying or killing other people. This is why we need to make the effort to appreciate the oneness of humanity. I am very happy to be here once more visiting this Academy named after Sadar Patel who I admire for his far-sightedness and decisive character. You, too, are fortunate to be here in such a pleasant place that reminds me of a retreat centre. When I was talking to the Director, I asked where the shooting range was. She told me it’s on the other side.

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Pellegrini tibetani non ammessi al monastero di Kirti dalla polizia cinese
Feb 13th, 2017 by admin

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I tibetani in viaggio per assistere ad un grande raduno religioso nel Sichuan, vengono fermati al confine e gli viene impedito di procedere con l’auto. Non viene fornita ai pellegrini nessuna ragione per l’impedimento del viaggio verso il monastero di Kirti.
La polizia ha solo detto che a nessun veicolo sarebbe stato permesso di viaggiare attraverso il confine. Hanno detto che i pellegrini avrebbero dovuto abbandonare le loro auto e che sarebbero stati ammessi solo se in viaggio a piedi. Questi tipi di restrizioni selettive hanno profondamente ferito i sentimenti dei pellegrini tibetani. I pellegrini provenienti da Gansu andavano a Kirti solo per motivi religiosi e non avevano commesso alcun reato”, ha dichiarato una fonte di Radio Free Asia, parlando in condizione di anonimato.

Il monastero di Kirti di Ngaba è stato teatro di ripetute auto-immolazioni e altre proteste dei monaci, ex monaci e monache contrari al dominio cinese nelle aree tibetane.

Non sappiamo se questi ordini provengono dall’alto o se la polizia sta agendo in modo arbitrario”, ha aggiunto.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Inaugurating National Women’s Parliament
Feb 13th, 2017 by admin

Participating in Inauguration of National Women’s Parliament

Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, India, 10 February 2017 - It was chilly and dark when His Holiness the Dalai Lama left his Delhi hotel yesterday at the start of a journey that would take him to Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.

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Che cosa significa il Potala per te?
Feb 10th, 2017 by admin

Il Palazzo del Potala residenza per secoli del Dalai Lama

Il Palazzo del Potala residenza per secoli del Dalai Lama

Che cosa significa il Potala per te? Abbiamo posto questo quesito alla gente di New York perché tra meno di una settimana, il 13 febbraio, si celebrerà l’Independence Day Tibetano. Ogni anno abbiamo evidenziato le parti importanti dello storico giorno dell’ indipendenza del Tibet. Negli scorsi anni sono state prese in esame la dichiarazione di indipendenza del Tibet nel 2013, i pilastri del trattato Doring nel 2014, la bandiera tibetana nel 2015 e la mappa del Tibet nel 2016.

Quest’anno, si metterà in evidenza il Palazzo Potala, un simbolo innegabile di indipendenza del Tibet. Guarda il nostro video per la campagna di quest’anno qui https://www.facebook.com/StudentsforaFreeTibet/videos/10154100975041666/

Avete deciso come celebrerete il Potala? Scopri come è possibile #celebratepotala sul nostro sito web con i social media. https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/celebrate-potala/

Pema Yoko – SFT internazionale, Students for e Free Tibet, o6 febbraio 2017

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H. H. Dalai Lama speaks about the relevance of ancient Indian thought
Feb 10th, 2017 by admin

A Talk about Ancient Indian Thought at the Vivekananda International Foundation

New Delhi, India, 8 February 2017 - In a far corner of New Delhi’s diplomatic enclave, Chanakyapuri, are the elegant quarters of the Vivekananda International Foundation, an Indian public policy think-tank affiliated to the Vivekananda Kendra and staffed largely by retired bureaucrats, intelligence officials and retired military personnel. The Foundation invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to speak today about the relevance of ancient Indian thought in today’s world. Director Gen NC Vij met His Holiness on arrival and escorted him to a meeting room upstairs in which about 250 people were packed.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting his old friend, former BBC New Delhi Bureau Chief Mark Tully on his arrival at the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi, India on February 8, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

A small group of ladies chanted a peace invocation and verses of the Buddhist refuge in Sanskrit. Gen Vij introduced His Holiness to the gathering and requested him to address them, which he proceeded to do.

Dear brothers and sisters, it is indeed a great honour for me to be here and able to speak to you in this institution that venerates the memory of Swami Vivekananda. I’ve visited the rock sacred to him at Kanyakumari and I have also attended meetings of the Parliament of the World’s Religions that he famously addressed in Chicago in 1893. Many people were moved by the vision he expressed, but lately I felt the organization had become a bit sleepy. I told them so and when they invited me to attend their meeting in Salt Lake City they assured me that they had been re-invigorated, but in the end I was unable to attend.
“This meeting here provides me an opportunity to meet old friends, but when I see them it reminds me how old I am. Here’s Mr Malhotra who was my Liaison Officer very early on and Mark Tully who interviewed me as I was about to embark on my first visit to Europe in 1973. He asked me then why I wanted to go and I told him I considered myself a citizen of the world. People like this are firm friends and in the context of rebirth and future lives, I believe that we will continue to be friends in the future too.
“When I arrived in India in 1959, one of my main concerns was to preserve our traditions of study and knowledge.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks at Jesus & Mary College
Feb 8th, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Addresses Students and Teachers of Jesus & Mary College

New Delhi, India, 7 February 2017 - There was a cool breeze, despite the bright skies, when His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Jesus & Mary College, a leading women’s educational institution, this morning. The Principal, Sr Rosily received him warmly as he stepped out of his car. Five young Tibetan women, students of the College, presented the traditional ‘chemar changpu’ at the door to the auditorium.

A group of students singing a song to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the start of his talk at Jesus & Mary College in New Delhi, India on February 7, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness participated with Sr Rosily and other senior members of staff in lighting a lamp. A group of young women sang. After Dr Jyotsana Sethi had introduced His Holiness, Sr Rosily welcomed him, explaining that the College is preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding organization and the golden jubilee of the College itself.
“Respected elder sister, as well as younger sisters and brothers,” His Holiness began, “all 7 billion human beings on this planet today are physically, mentally and emotionally the same. We all wish to live a happy life and we all have the same right to do so. However we seek to fulfil this wish, it is important to have a sense of the oneness of humanity. We are all members of one human family. Christians say we are all children of one God, Buddhists say all sentient beings share a desire for happiness.
“Right now, while we are enjoying each other’s company in peace and tranquillity, in other parts of the world people are killing each other in anger and hatred driven by a sense of ‘us’ and ‘them’. This makes it all the more urgent that we fulfil our common responsibility to make the 21st century different from the 20th century, in the course of which historians estimate 200 million died violent deaths. I believe such statistics have an impact on our minds, impelling us to find ways to avoid the use of force.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama talking about Compassion
Feb 7th, 2017 by admin

Talking about Compassion and Ethics to Students at ITAHAAS

New Delhi, India, 6 February 2017 - This morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove to the Convent of Jesus and Mary near the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in New Delhi. He was received on arrival by Smita Vats founder and director of the Indian Traditions Heritage Society (ITAHAAS), an organization born out of a concern that children are becoming increasingly alienated from their traditions and heritage. As he walked to the covered stage in the Convent grounds, the way was lined by smiling school-children in school uniform waving the Indian tricolour. Ms Vats offered His Holiness a heartfelt welcome, remarking too that the skies had cleared and the sun had come out. She told him how much the 1300 students from 80 schools and ITAHAAS delegates were looking forward to listening to him.

Artist Vilas Naik creating a portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama while children sing a song of welcome before His Holiness’s talk at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in New Delhi, India on February 6, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness took this as his cue to begin to speak, but a couple of dozen children were also waiting to sing to him. While they did so, artist Vilas Naik set about creating a portrait of His Holiness using a technique called ‘rapid painting.’ When the children sang their last note, a vivid portrait of His Holiness had emerged. His Holiness resumed his address.

Whenever I speak to groups of people like you I always begin by greeting them as brothers and sisters and there are reasons for this. We are all human beings, part of the population of 7 billion alive today. The way we are born and affectionately nurtured by our mothers is the same. This is how we survive. Later, we all die the same way. We are physically, mentally and emotionally the same. We share the same kind of feelings of pleasure and pain. And yet we neglect the oneness of human beings and forget that others are our brothers and sisters. Instead we emphasise the secondary differences between us of colour, race, faith and nationality. We view each other in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’, which inevitably provokes conflict.
“Many of the problems we face can only be solved by recognising that others want to live a happy life just as we do. They too thrive when they receive love and affection. Scientists have established that in the early weeks of life, a mother’s physical touch is necessary for the proper growth of the brain. Children who receive the maximum affection at this time grow up to be happy and secure.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Public Talk at the Talkatora Stadium
Feb 6th, 2017 by admin
His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Public Talk at the Talkatora Stadium
New Delhi, India, 5 February 2017 - The streets of New Delhi were quiet this Sunday morning as His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove under misty skies to the Talkatora Stadium at the heart of the city, where Vidyaloke had arranged for him to give a public talk.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama: 2° Day of Teachings at Vidyaloke
Feb 5th, 2017 by admin

Second Day of Teachings at Vidyaloke

New Delhi, India, 4 February 2017 - When His Holiness the Dalai Lama returned to their family house this morning, Mr and Mrs Analjit Singh, with their son Veer, as well as Mr and Mrs Najeeb Jung, received him. They escorted him through the house to the dais beneath a shamiana in the garden. The golden marigolds which yesterday decorated the path and backdrop to the stage were replaced today with garlands of white carnations. The audience of more than 330, mostly Indians who have come of age in the 21st century, greeted His Holiness with smiles and respectful salutations.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama taking a moment to listen to a flute player as he arrives at the start of the second day of the Vidyaloke teachings in New Delhi, India on February 4, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Following the chanting of the ‘Heart Sutra’, a brief rendition of the perfection of wisdom, His Holiness addressed all those gathered before him.
“Good morning everybody,” he began, “I don’t consider this as a formal Buddhist teaching so much as an academic review of ideas presented by Nalanda masters that continue to be useful today. As human beings we always have the potential to improve ourselves, remembering that the Buddha did not achieve enlightenment through prayer but through following the path. As the ‘Heart Sutra’ says, ‘all the Buddhas who perfectly reside in the three times, relying upon the perfection of wisdom, become manifest and complete Buddhas in the state of unsurpassed, perfect and complete enlightenment’. The mantra that ends it reveals this— ‘Tadyata, gate gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha—’It is thus: Proceed, proceed, proceed beyond, thoroughly proceed beyond, be founded in enlightenment,’ which encourages practitioners to proceed through the five paths.
“Gate gate - proceed, proceed - indicates the paths of accumulation and preparation and the first experience of emptiness; paragate - proceed beyond - indicates the path of seeing, the first insight into emptiness and achievement of the first bodhisattva ground; parasamgate - thoroughly proceed beyond - indicates the path of meditation and the achievement of the subsequent bodhisattva grounds, while bodhi svaha - be founded in enlightenment -  indicates laying the foundation of complete enlightenment.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Inaugural Teachings at Vidyaloke
Feb 4th, 2017 by admin

Inaugural Teachings at Vidyaloke

New Delhi, India, 3 February 2017 - After travelling from Dharamsala to Delhi yesterday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was today the guest of Vidyaloke, an initiative, whose name alludes to the light of wisdom, focussed on revitalizing ancient Indian tradition. He was welcomed by patrons of Vidyaloke, Analjit Singh, his wife and son Veer, on arrival at the family house and escorted to his seat on a dais beneath a heated shamiana in the garden. The path, bordered with marigolds, was strewn with rose petals. In his introduction to the occasion, Veer Singh declared that the intent of the gathering was to play a part in reviving Indian wisdom in hope of creating a century of peace.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama being escorted to the dais to give the inaugural Vidyaloke teachings in New Delhi, India on February 3, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Taking inspiration from Shakyamuni Buddha, an eminent Indian, Vidyaloke had requested His Holiness to teach Nagarjuna’s ‘Letter to a Friend’ and a praise he himself had composed to the 17 Nalanda Masters. After a Sanskrit incantation of the ‘Heart Sutra’ with flute accompaniment, His Holiness began to speak.
“Brothers and sisters, I consider this gathering not to be just about a teaching of the Buddhadharma, my hope is that it will lead to ensuring that the 21st century is a happier, more peaceful era than the last. That’s our main purpose.”
Before continuing he was presented with the eight substances of traditional Indian hospitable offerings, water to wash, water to drink, flowers, incense, light and so forth.
“In the 20th century, human beings faced great suffering,” His Holiness continued, “with widespread killing in the name of ideology and nationalism. However, where, in the early part of the century, people joined up without hesitation when a nation declared war, by the end of the ongoing Vietnam War people began to ask, ‘Why sacrifice so much human life?’ They yearned for peace instead. Towards the end of the century the nations of Europe, where people were fed up with divisions into ‘us’ and ‘them’, created the European Union to be able to work together in a more mature way.

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Interrogati i tibetani rientrati in patria prima dell’inizio del Kalachakra. Strappati i loro passaporti
Jan 28th, 2017 by admin

passaporto1I tibetani rientrati in Tibet dall’India prima dell’inizio del conferimento dell’Iniziazione di Kalachakra sono stati convocati e interrogati dalle autorità cinesi che hanno inoltre confiscato a strappato i loro passaporti rendendoli inutilizzabili.

Radio Free Asia riferisce che ai tibetani, al loro rientro convocati negli uffici governativi, sono state chieste notizie dettagliate sul viaggio, sulle località visitate, sulle persone conosciute e gli acquisti effettuati. I loro passaporti sono stati confiscati, strappati e resi di conseguenza inservibili fin dal momento dello sbarco dei pellegrini sia negli aeroporti del Tibet occupato sia negli aeroporti cinesi. Il sito tibetano di informazione Phayul ha confermato la notizia: “I passaporti sono stati confiscati e lacerati al momento dell’ arrivo dei tibetani all’aeroporto di Chendu o sbarcati invece negli scali cinesi di Canton o Kunming (nella provincia dello Yunnan)”. Difficile prevedere se e quando ai tibetani saranno rilasciati nuovi documenti di viaggio.

Preoccupa la sorte dei tibetani che, disattendendo le ingiunzioni cinesi, hanno scelto di rimanere in India per presenziare alla cerimonia. Dal Nepal, fonti tibetane hanno fatto sapere che il governo cinese è in possesso dei nominativi di quanti non hanno fatto ritorno in Tibet prima del Kalachakra. “Quando faranno ritorno alle loro città e villaggi saranno sottoposti a sessioni di ri-educazione patriottica o subiranno forse pene peggiori” – ha riferito a Phayul la stessa fonte che ha preferito mantenere l’anonimato. Le autorità cinesi avevano preannunciato che severe pene detentive, di lunghezza variabile da pochi mesi a cinque anni, sarebbero state inflitte a quanti non avessero fatto ritorno immediato in Tibet.

Il rapporto annuale del gruppo a difesa dei diritti umani Human Rights Watch denuncia l’assenza, nel Tibet occupato, dei diritti fondamentali di parola, assemblea e movimento. “Nel 2016 le autorità, in nome dell’anti separatismo e del mantenimento della stabilità, hanno impedito a quasi tutti i residenti nella cosiddetta Regione Autonoma di recarsi all’estero pur non sussistendo reali motivi di minaccia alla sicurezza”.

Fonti: Radio Free Asia – Phayul http://www.italiatibet.org/2017/01/27/interrogati-i-tibetani-rientrati-in-patria-prima-dellinizio-del-kalachakra-strappati-i-loro-passaporti/

Diritti umani molto peggiorati sotto Xi Jinping
Jan 25th, 2017 by admin

1d6fd1ce-5ecb-472e-b902-7ed8239513ba_cx0_cy8_cw0_mw1024_mh1024_sRapporto di Human Rights Watch: situazione dei diritti umani molto peggiorata sotto Xi Jinping

Il gruppo per i diritti, l’Human Rights Watch (How), con sede a New York, nel suo ultimo rapporto denuncia che la situazione dei diritti umani, la libertà di espressione e di religione in Cina rimane  ‘disastrosa’ sotto il presidente Xi Jinping e che nel Tibet viene sistematicamente vietata la  libertà di parola, di riunione e di movimento.

Il ‘World Report 2017” nella suo rapporto annuale sui diritti umani afferma che “nel 2016 le autorità hanno abusato ingiustificatamente di repressioni contro il popolo tibetano nonostante l’assenza di minacce concrete ed è stato proibito a quasi tutti i residenti della Regione autonoma del Tibet (TAR) di viaggiare all’estero.

Il rapporto denuncia  anche che la politica del governo di Pechino è altamente repressiva nel limitare le attività politiche e le molte espressioni pacifiche di identità etnica e religiosa nello Xinjiang e nello stesso Tibet.

Esprimendo preoccupazione per la nomina di Wu Yingjie come segretario del partito del TAR, il gruppo ha dichiarato che è destinato a continuare le politiche di un “governo rigido ad elevato controllo sociale”.

Come  primo esempio delle restrizioni alla libertà di religione in Tibet, il rapporto ha preso in esame la tragica operazione di demolizione e sgombero forzato di studenti e monaci dell’Istituto di  Larung Gar.

A novembre, il governo ha approvato una legge sulla sicurezza informatica che strangola la libertà on line e l’anonimato; ha inasprito il controllo sui media e si devono attenere scrupolosamente alle linee del partito.

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India Could Have Prevented China From Taking Over Tibet
Jan 25th, 2017 by admin

Sua Santità il Pancen Lama, Sua santità il Dalai Lama, Chou En Lai, Pandit Nerhu, Indira Gandhi

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India Could Have Prevented China From Taking Over Tibet

The article explains that India was in a very strong position during start of the invasion to defend the interest of Tibet and India’s security just for the sake of pleasing the Chinese leadership. It explains “It is not widely known that in 1950, China could have been prevented from taking over Tibet.”

There were two strongly implicative events that occurred during that period in which one was the invasion of Tibet and the other was the interference of Chinese in Korean war. Though India had no stake in the far Korea, it had its national security at stake in Tibet’s invasion but the Nehru-led India Ignored it.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Talks in Delhi
Jan 22nd, 2017 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Talks to the FICCI Ladies Group and The Mother’s International School

New Delhi, India, 21 January 2017 – Before leaving Bodhgaya for Delhi on 16th January, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the Mahabodhi Stupa and the Kalachakra Temple. Once in Delhi, he took a few days’ rest.

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Buddhism, the Dalai Lama and religious life in Tibet
Jan 22nd, 2017 by admin

Global Faiths: Buddhism, the Dalai Lama and religious life in Tibet

One of the most religious countries in the world in the last centuries of history has been Tibet. By the second half of the 700s, a Tibetan king made Buddhism the state religion.

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Dalai Lama: Using force has become outdated.
Jan 21st, 2017 by admin

Dalai Lama: The 21st century should be the century of dialogue.

Dalai Lama: The 21st century should be the century of dialogu

Dalai Lama: Using force has become outdated.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader at an event organised by the FICCI Ladies Organisation said he hoped that Trump and Putin will work together for peaceful global order.

“Dialogue” should drive the 21st century, the Dalai Lama on Saturday said, hoping that newly elected US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will “work together” for a peaceful global order.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader made the remarks while observing that peace and non-violence was “growing” in the current era as he lauded the role of multilateralism, especially the European Union (EU).

“I am one of the admirers of EU and look forward to African Union, Latin American Union, Asian Union and one at the global level. Using force has become outdated. The 21st century should be the century of dialogue,” the Dalai Lama said, and exuded hope that Trump and Putin would work together. He was speaking at an event organised by the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) at the Federation House in New Delhi.

Batting for woman empowerment, the 81-year-old spiritual leader said they are more suited to be in leadership roles for they are inherently equipped with compassion and went on to suggest that a “female Dalai Lama” was very much a possibility.

“I was asked this question in an interview many years ago (on female Dalai Lama). I had said why not? If circumstances suggest that a female Dalai Lama would be more effective. I would say the role can go to an outsider as well,” he said.

The Dalai Lama, who took shelter in India after fleeing Tibet in 1959, said India’s tradition of respecting all religions as well as non-believers was “very relevant” in contemporary times while underlining the virtues of secularism and tolerance. http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-dalai-lama-hopes-trump-and-putin-cooperate-for-peaceful-global-order-2294712

How Tibetans survive on the roof of the world
Jan 20th, 2017 by admin

Very rapid genetic changes may have allowed ancient populations to survive and thrive in this environment

Very rapid genetic changes may have allowed ancient populations to survive and thrive in this environment

How Tibetans survive on the roof of the world

How the indigenous Tibetan population evolved to live with so little oxygen has been a mystery. Now we are beginning to understand that another species may lie behind their survival.

Some time in the past, a family sat on the top of the world and gazed at the stars. They lived on the Tibetan Plateau, 4200m (14,100ft) above sea level, in a site now known as Chusang. They called it home.

Although far from the comfort of more lowly climes, this location had its perks. Fuelled by the tectonic forces that raise and support the plateau, a hot spring at the surface provided a welcoming buffer against the chilled air. At night, the family lit fires in a hollow built into the slope, a lonely flicker against the peak of darkness.

Their fire has long gone out, but the family still left a lasting impression on the world. As they walked and played, 19 hand and footprints were pressed into the clay-like mud that seeped from the spring and, as they dried, were preserved into the present.

Judging by the size of the prints — and the hands and feet that made them — the family group contained six individuals, two of which were children. But who were they? And what brought them to such high altitudes? A foraging trip perhaps? Hunting? Or were they simply curious, always searching for lands untouched?

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I tibetani manifestano a Berna per l’arrivo di Xi Jinping: 32 arresti
Jan 20th, 2017 by admin

berna-15-gennaioBerna: tenta di darsi fuoco fra la folla. 26 persone arrestate per manifestazioni contro visita presidente Xi Jinping

Le manifestazioni pro Tibet a Berna si sono svolte per lo più pacificamente ma non sono mancati i momenti di tensione.

BERNA – Circa 400 persone, tra tibetani in esilio in Svizzera e loro sostenitori, hanno manifestato pacificamente stamani in centro a Berna a margine della visita di Stato nella Confederazione del presidente cinese Xi Jinping. Nel pomeriggio alcuni attivisti hanno poi inscenato una dimostrazione non autorizzata e sono stati arrestati.

La manifestazione pacifica – Stamani i dimostranti hanno chiesto maggiore rispetto dei diritti dell’uomo in Tibet e l’avvio di un dialogo tra il governo di Pechino e il Dalai Lama, la massima autorità spirituale del locale buddhismo.

Sugli striscioni si potevano leggere slogan come “Xi Jinping: metti fine alla tortura in Tibet” o “Portiamo la democrazia svizzera in Tibet e in Cina”. Stando alla comunità tibetana in esilio, dal 1992 2000 compatrioti sono finiti in carcere per ragioni politiche. Inoltre, dal 2009 sono stati censiti 145 episodi in cui tibetani si sono immolati col fuoco.

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I will live for More Than 100 Years
Jan 19th, 2017 by admin

Sakya Trizin Rinpoche presenting offerings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Long Life Offering Ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Kalachakra teaching ground in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 14, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Sakya Trizin Rinpoche presenting offerings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Long Life Offering Ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Kalachakra teaching ground in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 14, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

I will live for More Than 100 Years: His Holiness Reaffirms at Final Day of Kalachakra

BODH GAYA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama reaffirmed that he will live for more than one hundred years on the final day of the 34th Kalachakra teaching at Bodh Gaya on 14 January 2017.

You are making this Long Life Offering to me and praying ‘May you live 10,000 years’, but we know that’s not possible.”

However, my dreams and other indications have shown that I could live to be 113. I don’t know about that, but I think I can say I’ll live to be 100. So, be happy, be at ease,” His Holiness said, drawing a huge applause of delight from the devotees.

His Holiness further reminded the devotees that the best way to repay him would be to heed his advice rather than express gratitude through prayers and offerings.

As Sikyong said just now, if you really feel that I am of some benefit and would like to repay gratitude, listen to my advice and implement it in your daily lives. That would be most beneficial and fruitful,” His Holiness remarked.

Addressing the Tibetans inside Tibet who were unable to attend the Kalachakra initiations, His Holiness expressed his optimism and said that there will be change in Tibet soon.

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Connecting Faith Through Technology
Jan 17th, 2017 by admin

A moving image of an elderly Tibetan woman in Tibet receiving the Kalachakra Teaching online.

A moving image of an elderly Tibetan woman in Tibet receiving the Kalachakra Teaching online.

Connecting Faith Through Technology. Why the 34th Kalachakra is a Divine Gift for the World.

Bodh Gaya: The 34th Kalachakra Initiation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which attracted people of faith from across the globe, is special for many reasons. It is taking place in Bodh Gaya, the land where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, is being organized by the Central Tibetan Administration for the first time in exile history and the entire initiation was broadcast Live on Tibet TV.

According to Tibetan Political Leader Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, “Besides the 200,000 devotees attending the teaching from 92 countries here at Bodh Gaya, we have over 150,000 people from all over the world participating in the Kalachakra teaching through our live broadcast of the event.”

The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama broadcasted the Kalachakra Initiation in eight languages: English, Chinese, Tibetan, Vietnamese, Hindi, Korean, Russian and Mongolian.

Tibet TV, CTA’s official web-station streamed the teachings live on its YouTube and Facebook page.

This is the first time we used the Facebook live video feature for Kalachakra. Tibet TV’s Facebook page registered a record 3-million reach during the Kalachakra and garnered over 200,000 views for a single broadcast,” said Namgyal Tsewang, Section Head of Tibet TV.

The response from across the globe is overwhelming. We are inundated with online messages from viewers from scores of nations: from China to Chile, from South Africa to Sri Lanka, thanking us for the broadcast,” said Tsering Yangkey, Additional Secretary, DIIR.

Tibetans in Tibet who couldn’t attend the Kalachakra initiation owing to travel restrictions and China’s recall policy, have been assured by His Holiness the Dalai Lama that they will receive the initiation in spirit.

On the first day of Actual Kalachakra Initiation, His Holiness remembered the absentee devotees and said, “As mentioned in Vinaya, there was an ordination given by way of letters. So similarly with the modern tool of communication, the Tibetans and Chinese and devotees across the globe having faith in the Kalachakra Teachings could visualize taking the initiation. As we go through the teachings here, if they could accordingly, think and follow my instructions. I will pray for all of them and then they will receive the initiation from today onwards.”

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Conclusion of Kalachakra Empowerment
Jan 15th, 2017 by admin

Avalokiteshvara Permission, Long Life Offering and Conclusion of Kalachakra Empowerment

Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, 14 January 2017 - Crowds two or three metres deep lined the road as His Holiness the Dalai Lama made the short journey from Namgyal Monastery to the Kalachakra Temple hoping to catch a glimpse of him once again this morning. The Sikyong, Parliamentary Speaker and Chief Justice, for the CTA, and a representative of the sponsors accompanied him from his car to the stage. Once again he acknowledged the audience, the eminent Lamas on the stage and in the temple inspected the Kalachakra sand mandala, before taking his seat on the throne.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at the Kalachakra teaching ground in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 14, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Usually at the end of a series of teachings like this we do a White Tara Longevity Empowerment,” His Holiness told the gathering, “but on this occasion I thought we might do a Chenresig permission from Tagphu Rinpoche’s cycle of visions. It’s called Avalokiteshvara Sarvadugati Parishodana. It’s said that every time you receive this, one rebirth in the lower realms is averted. I received it from my tutors, first from Tagdag Rinpoche and later again, as a result of a dream I had, from Trijang Rinpoche. While I do the preparation, you can recite ‘Manis’.
“There are different explanations of Om Mani Padme Hum, but in general Om is the opening syllable while Mani means jewel and indicates the awakening mind of bodhichitta. Just as a jewel fulfils people’s wishes, so bodhichitta benefits beings. Padme means lotus and indicates wisdom, the ability to discern right from wrong and how things are to a broad extent—how things are impermanent, in the nature of suffering and so on. Padme also indicates the ability to understand emptiness. In terms of the result, Mani gives rise to the Form Body. The wisdom of the Buddha always abides in emptiness, seeing the diversity of things and aware of their suchness. The lotus, indicating wisdom, gives rise to the Truth Body. Wisdom and bodhichitta, lotus and jewel, are combined in enlightenment.”
His Holiness began the permission by performing a ritual to mollify any hindering forces. The Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay came forward to offer a mandala, accompanied by his young daughter.
His Holiness took the opportunity to give a reading transmission of the Kalachakra Six Session Yoga compiled at his instigation by his ordination master, Kyabjé Ling Rinpoche. Copies of this in Tibetan and English translation had been distributed earlier. His Holiness advised that it is good to clean the room before reading the verses. He added that if you have images of the enlightened ones, it’s fine to set them up, but images are not something to get excited about or to boast about. He recalled that Milarepa had no images in his retreat cave, in fact no possessions at all—and he attained enlightenment in that life.

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Hundreds of Tibetans defy China
Jan 15th, 2017 by admin

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is assisted by his aides as he prepares to perform rituals during the inauguration of a Mongolian Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, India, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manish Bhandari)

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is assisted by his aides as he prepares to perform rituals during the inauguration of a Mongolian Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, India, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manish Bhandari)

Hundreds of Tibetans defy China, Gather at Birthplace of Buddhism in India

By Annie Gowen, The Washington Post, 13 January 2017

The young Tibetan monk was taking his elderly aunt and uncle on the trip of a lifetime — a tour of holy Buddhist sites in India and a chance to meet the Dalai Lama. But halfway through, word came from China: The family was to return right away.

Chinese police had descended on the monk’s home five times in December, fingerprinting his parents and forcing them to sign documents guaranteeing his return.

But the monk and his family were determined to see the Dalai Lama speak at Bodh Gaya, the Indian city that many consider the birthplace of Buddhism. So they defied Chinese authorities and continued their journey, risking imprisonment, harsh questioning or loss of identity cards on their return home.

I’m very worried,” the monk said on a chilly evening, sitting in a tent not far from a teaching ground where thousands have gathered daily since Jan. 3 to pray, meditate and hear their religious leader. “If we are put in prison, they will interrogate us: ‘Why did you go to India?’ This can be very dangerous.”

Authorities from the Tibetan government-in-exile say the Chinese government barred an estimated 7,000 Tibetan pilgrims from attending this month’s 10-day gathering in India, an unprecedented move that further erodes the rights of 6 million people who live in the Tibetan region of China. It was also a fresh reminder that the Chinese are threatening to control the selection of the next Dalai Lama after the eventual demise of the renowned religious leader, who is now 81.

It’s tragic,” said Lobsang ­Sangay, the head of Tibet’s ­government-in-exile, which is based in India. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip for Tibetans, like Muslims going to Mecca. It’s a sad commentary on the Chinese claim to have religious freedom — or any kind of freedom in Tibet.”

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Third and Final Day of the Kalachakra Empowerment
Jan 14th, 2017 by admin

Third and Final Day of the Kalachakra Empowerment

Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, 13 January 2017 - Since His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Bodhgaya more than two weeks ago, the misty skies have cleared and the sun has come out, but there remains a chill in the air. As he did yesterday, His Holiness came early to the Kalachakra Temple to perform the preparatory rites for the empowerment, which took him four hours.

A group of monks, nuns and lay-people reciting the “Heart Sutra” in Spanish at the start of the third and final day of the actual Kalachakra Empowerment in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 13, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

After a brisk lunch he walked out onto the stage and, not content with greeting the audience from the edge as he has done previously, he walked down the ramps on each side to smile and wave. There were cheers as well as applause from some sections of the crowd.
Once His Holiness was seated on the throne, children from the Maitreya School run by Root Institute for the third time chanted the ‘Heart Sutra’ in Sanskrit. They were followed by a group of monks, nuns and lay-people, who recited it again in Spanish. His Holiness remarked that this was the first recitation in Spanish at such a gathering. Spotting three Thai monks in the crowd, he called them up to see him. They presented him with relics in a small glass reliquary.

Added to the usual verses of homage from ‘Ornament for Clear Realizations’ and ‘Fundamental Wisdom’ was the homage from ‘Stages of Meditation’ and the concluding verse of gratitude from ‘Fundamental Wisdom’:

I prostrate to Gautama

Who, through compassion,
Taught the exalted Dharma,
Which leads to the relinquishing of all views.

“The teachings of all religious traditions give rise to happiness,” His Holiness remarked, “since all of them teach about love and compassion and not doing harm to others. They have explanations of patience and forgiveness in common. There’s no pleasure in thinking only of yourself to the neglect of others.
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Second Day of the Kalachakra Empowerment
Jan 13th, 2017 by admin

Second Day of the Kalachakra Empowerment - Seven Empowerments in the Pattern of Childhood

Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, 12 January 2017 - Today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama made another early start. He took his seat in the Kalachakra Temple at half past six to prepare for the granting of the empowerments.
He had a short break for lunch before coming out onto the stage to greet the crowd once again. And the crowd, as is becoming customary, responded with applause. His Holiness saluted the Lamas sitting around him as he approached the throne.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama exchanging greetings with Gyalwang Karmapa as he arrives on stage for the second day of the Kalachakra Empowerment, Seven Empowerments in the Pattern of Childhood, in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 12, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Theravadin monks were present once more to recite the Mangala Sutta in Pali and they were followed by a dozen monks from Mongolia who recited the ‘Heart Sutra’ in their language. After repeating the usual verses of homage and the verse for taking refuge and generating the awakening mind, His Holiness began.

Today we’ll do the Seven Empowerments in the Pattern of Childhood, and after them, since we have the Heads and Senior Lamas of Tibet’s Buddhist traditions here with us, we’ll do the high and greatly high empowerments as well as that of a vajra-master.
“Over the last few days there were signs that I was getting a cold and today I have a sore throat, but it’s not so bad, so I’ll do my best. We’ll begin with offering a ritual cake to dissuade any hindering forces. This morning I’ve done the self-generation of the complete body, speech and mind mandalas of Kalachakra, as well as the front generation of the mind mandala. The ten vases have been placed in the cardinal and ordinal directions, and above and below. I’ve also done the self-empowerments of the Seven Empowerments. Tomorrow, when we do the high and greatly high empowerments, I’ll use the manual written by the Seventh Dalai Lama.
“With regard to the Seven Empowerments and appendages, the substances used have a connection with the wind energies and the left and right channels which are generated into the main deity and his consort. The empowerment will make the winds and channels serviceable.”
The mandala offering was made by a group from Amdo.
His Holiness explained how things start with space, then the elements emerge. In the end, everything dissolves back into space. He referred to the space particle, which is a subtle particle, and mentioned that scientists today point out that the big bang had to start with something. He wondered whether the space particle, described in Kalachakra, could be that basis. The order in which the external elements emerge is: space, wind, fire, water and earth, whereas the internal element to emerge in space is consciousness.

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TIBET: TCHRD condanna la Cina per aver violato il diritto alla libertà di religione.
Jan 13th, 2017 by admin

Il Centro Tibetano per i Diritti Umani e la Democrazia (TCHRD) ha condannato la Cina per le sistematiche  violazioni  al diritto alla libertà di religione e ha definito le rigide restrizioni sulla partecipazione Kalachakra “illegali e incostituzionali”.

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Kalachakra: Migliaia di tibetani costretti a rientrare per le minacce cinesi
Jan 13th, 2017 by admin

2017-01-13-kalachakra-gg06-_dsc1835Kalachakra: il Dalai Lama prega per i pellegrini forzatamente assenti

Al termine della cerimonia di conferimento dell’Iniziazione di Kalachakra, il Dalai Lama ha dedicato oggi le sue preghiere ai pellegrini tibetani che non hanno potuto raggiungere Bodh Gaya a causa delle restrizioni imposte dalle autorità cinesi.

Migliaia di fedeli provenienti dal Tibet e già arrivati in Nepal o in India sono infatti stati costretti a rientrare in patria senza poter partecipare all’evento a causa delle minacce esercitate dalle autorità cinesi. Xu Zhitao, vice direttore dell’Ufficio per il Tibet presso il Dipartimento del Fronte Unito per il Lavoro, aveva negato i giorni scorsi ogni tipo di pressione da parte del governo sui pellegrini tibetani per dissuaderli dal presenziare alla cerimonia peraltro definita “illegale” e “strumento politico”. In una conferenza stampa organizzata il giorno 8 gennaio, Lobsang Sangay, capo dell’esecutivo tibetano in esilio, ha definito “falsa” questa dichiarazione e ha affermato di avere personalmente incontrato centinaia di devoti tibetani costretti a fare ritorno in Tibet pena la confisca dei passaporti, il sequestro dei documenti di viaggio, la perdita del lavoro e il taglio dei sussidi governativi. “Queste minacce sono del tutto inaccettabili – ha dichiarato il Primo Ministro – e costituiscono una lampante violazione dei diritti umani e della libertà di religione”.

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First Day of the Kalachakra Empowerment
Jan 12th, 2017 by admin


First Day of the Kalachakra Empowerment - Entry into the Mandala

Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, 11 January 2017 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama left his residence at Namgyal Monastery early this morning to spend four and a half hours performing the prerequisite rituals for the Kalachakra Empowerment. These involved prayers, sadhanas, consecration of the vase, generation in front, offerings, ritual cake offerings and self-generation practices. He took little time to eat lunch before walking out onto the stage before the Kalachakra Temple. Once again he waved to the crowd in each direction and thousands waved back. There are now estimated to be 200,000 people here from 95 countries.

Sakya Trizin, Gyalwang Karmapa and Taklung Shabdrung during the first day of the Kalachakra Empowerment, Entry into the Mandala, in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 11, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

On his way back, His Holiness stopped to greet the eminent Lamas who sit on either side of the throne. To His Holiness’s left, as he looks out to the audience, is the Ganden Tripa, Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin, Spiritual Head of the Geluk Tradition; his predecessor Ganden Trisur Rinpoche; Katok Getse Rinpoche of the Nyingmapas; Jangtse Chöjey; Sharpa Chöjey; the Khambo Lama, Chief Lama of Mongolia; Thamthog Rinpoche, Abbot of Namgyal Monastery and the Nechung and Tseringma Kutens. To His Holiness’s right is Sakya Trizin, Head of the Sakya Tradition; Gyalwang Karmapa, Head of the Kamtsang Kagyu Tradition; Taklung Shabdrung, Head of the Taklung Kagyu Tradition; Khondung Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, Sakya Trizin’s younger son; the infant Trulshik Rinpoche; Woeser Rinpoche from Mongolia and Kundeling Rinpoche.
Today, the ‘Heart Sutra’ was recited first in Japanese and then in English. His Holiness led the recitation of the Homage from ‘Ornament for Clear Realizations’ followed by the Homage to the Buddha, praising his explanation of dependent arising from Nagarjuna’s ‘Fundamental Wisdom’:
I
prostrate to the perfect Buddha,
The best of all teachers, who taught that
That which is dependent origination is
Without cessation, without arising;
Without annihilation, without permanence;
Without coming; without going;
Without distinction, without identity
And peaceful - free from fabrications.

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Preparation of Students for the Kalachakra Empowerment
Jan 11th, 2017 by admin

Preparation of Students for the Kalachakra Empowerment

Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, 10 January 2017 - Overnight rain in Bodhgaya laid the dust, leaving roads wet and muddy, but improving prospects for umbrella sellers. Before setting out for the Kalachakra Temple, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave an interview to Australian former war correspondent Michael Ware for National Geographic Television. He began by putting him at ease:

Michael Ware interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama for National Geographic Television in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 11, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Please think of me as just another human being. I’m quite familiar with National Geographic Magazine. When I was a child I found two or three copies in the 13th Dalai Lama’s room, the room where he passed away.”
Ware showed him a piece Heinrich Harrer had written for the magazine in the 1950s and His Holiness told him: “He was the one who first told me about Europe. Later, he became one of Tibet’s most reliable supporters. “
Ware told His Holiness that his experiences of war in Iraq and elsewhere have left him with a war inside himself. He asked what to do. His Holiness replied that as children we are open and full of joy. We appreciate whoever shows us affection with no question about where they are from, what they believe or how wealthy or well-placed they are. Later, as a result of the environment and the education system, we tend to neglect our inner values, like affection and compassion. He said,
“If you spend some time thinking about inner values, it will allay your restlessness. Our modern education system is oriented towards material goals, so even though human nature has been shown to be compassionate, we tend to think in terms of power and the use of force. To start with, what we need to do is to remember that other people are also human beings. I believe that an individual who has found inner peace will be happier and their family will be happier too.”
When challenged to say if human beings were good or savage, His Holiness drew attention to the change that had taken place in popular attitudes during the 20th century. Early on, at the time of WWI and even WWII, when nations declared war, their citizens joined up proudly and unquestioningly. But by the time of the Vietnam War thousands resisted the draft and when the Iraq crisis occurred millions of people across the world marched to show they were fed up with violence and did not support another war. Similarly, His Holiness observed that the limited interest people showed in what he had to say about global responsibility when he first went to Europe in 1973 and to the US in 1979 has grown significantly today.

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Ritual Offering Dance Prior to the Kalachakra Empowerment
Jan 10th, 2017 by admin

Ritual Offering Dance Prior to the Kalachakra Empowerment

Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, 9 January 2016 - After several brighter days, today, early morning mist and cloud had returned when His Holiness the Dalai Lama made the short journey from Namgyal Monastery to the Kalachakra Temple. He participated in a longer session of preparatory rites, accompanied and supported by the usual team of monks. At the same time an assembly of Lamas occupied the other half of the temple, where, since yesterday they have been reciting Tara prayers and mantras dedicated to His Holiness’s long life. This collection will continue until the ceremonial Long-Life Offering that is to be performed on 14th January.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama cutting a ribbon to formally open Gandantecgchenling Mongolian Temple in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 9, 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

From the Kalachakra Temple, His Holiness drove to inaugurate the new Gandantecgchenling Mongolian Temple. Welcomed on arrival by the Khambo Lama, His Holiness climbed the steps and cut the ribbon at the front door to formally open it. Making his way through eager throngs of Mongolians—600 monks and 1,200 lay-people—to the temple upstairs, he paid his respects before statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, Je Tsongkhapa and the first Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa and took his seat on the throne.

The Khambo Lama expressed gratitude to His Holiness on behalf of all Mongolian monks and devotees for taking the time to come to the temple to consecrate it. He mentioned how Buddhism had flourished in Mongolia until the early 20th century when it was severely restricted. The restoration of democracy has allowed it to be revived. He expressed the wish that the Battsagaan Temple play a key role in that revival and provide a refuge for Mongolian pilgrims to Bodhgaya.
His Holiness asked all the monks to chant the single verse mandala offering loudly, which they did, the sound of their voices filling the building. They followed this with the Ganden Lhagya prayer.
In his remarks His Holiness acknowledged the unique connection that has long existed between Tibet and Mongolia.

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Teachings Preliminary to the Kalachakra Empowerment Concluded
Jan 9th, 2017 by admin

Teachings Preliminary to the Kalachakra Empowerment Concluded

Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, 8 January 2017 - By the end of the Kalachakra self-generation and preparatory rituals this morning, construction of the sand mandala was complete. Thamthog Rinpoche, deputising for the Vajra Master, placed the ten phurbas and ten vases containing the water that will be employed in the empowerment around the mandala perimeter.