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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Gives Teachings in Delhi
Mar 25th, 2014 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama enjoying a moment of laughter during his teaching in New Delhi, India on March 21, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama enjoying a moment of laughter during his teaching in New Delhi, India on March 21, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Gives Teachings in the Indian Capital

New Delhi, India, 21 March 2014 – On behalf of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, Rajiv Mehrotra welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a gathering of about 320 people in New Delhi today. He said they were blessed and honoured that he was with them again and dedicated any merit or insight that might arise as a result to the benefit of all sentient beings. In his response, His Holiness greeted everybody, saying it was good to see so many old friends. Asking how many were there for the first time, the raised hands indicated about two-thirds. He began: “I usually describe myself as just a Buddhist monk and as a human being, one of the 7 billion alive today. There are no differences between us; emotionally, physically and mentally we are all the same. We all want to lead a happy life. In order to do that we need to develop peace of mind, this in turn requires knowledge of the mind and emotions. This is what we are here today to discuss.”

He spoke of his commitment to promoting inner peace by integrating secular ethics into our lives without necessarily depending on faith. He added, however, that faith, be it in God or like Jains and Buddhists in the law of causality, can be useful in developing peace of mind. He clarified that within Buddhism, the Pali tradition represents the foundation, on which the Sanskrit tradition with its emphasis on infinite altruism and deeper understanding of reality is based.

Before inviting everyone to join in reciting the ‘Praise to the 17 Masters of Nalanda’, he explained that he had composed it to honour not only the original eight Indian masters included among the Six Ornaments and the Two Supreme Ones – Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Asanga, Vasubandhu, Dignaga, Dharmakirti, Gunaprabha, and Shakyaprabha, but also Buddhapalita, Bhavaviveka, Chandrakirti, Shantideva, Shantarakshita, Kamalashila, Vimuktisena, Haribadra and Atisha. He said he regards these masters as professors of Nalanda University, whose works have had great influence on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Their rigorous approach is exemplified by Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti who examined the Buddha’s words and noted that where they contradicted reason they should not be taken literally. He feels this is a scientific approach.

Dialogue with modern scientists over the last thirty years has taught Tibetan Buddhists a great deal about the material world, which has been of immense benefit. However, it has also revealed that modern psychology still has only a very basic understanding of the mind. He noted: “As human beings we need to make an effort to promote awareness that the ultimate source of a happy life is within ourselves. Meanwhile, scientists have observed that a happy mind is essential if we are to enjoy physical health. The affection we receive as infants from our mothers equips us to develop the warm-heartedness that is the basis of this.” Read the rest of this entry »

Il Tibet come Disneyland
Mar 25th, 2014 by admin

Il Tibet come Disneyland

di Pearl Sydenstricker, Washington Monthly, Stati Uniti. da Internazionale (n. 1043)

Pechino punta sul turismo nella regione autonoma, dove vuole portare ogni anno 15 milioni di cinesi. E trasformare il Tibet in un parco divertimenti.

In cima a una montagna del Tibet orientale c’è uno spiazzo dove i cadaveri vengono dati in pasto agli avvoltoi. È un pendio vertiginoso coperto da un tappeto d’erba, con una ragnatela di bandiere di preghiera stinte dal sole, che sventolano nell’aria. Le tradizionali “sepolture celesti” tibetane ritualizzano il ritorno dell’uomo alla natura. Invece di cremarli o metterli in una cassa, i tibetani danno in pasto i loro morti, pezzo per pezzo, a uno stormo di enormi uccelli che strillano. Read the rest of this entry »

Dalai Lama Pledges Support to Leprosy Centers
Mar 21st, 2014 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with residents of the Tahirpur Leprosy Complex in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with residents of the Tahirpur Leprosy Complex in New Delhi, India on March 20, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Dalai Lama Pledges Support to Leprosy Centers in Capital and Visits Lady Shri Ram College

New Delhi, India, 20 March 2014 (Hindustan Times) – Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, pledged his support for leprosy-affected people on Thursday and promised to donate Rs. 10 lakh to the Kasturba Gram Kusht Ashram – a complex for leprosy patients in Delhi’s Tahirpur.

People who spend money in a luxurious way are foolish. They should spend money on people who are needy and poor. This is the best way to serve God,” the spiritual leaders said.

In India, 1.35 lakh new cases of leprosy were reported between April 2012 and March 2013. The Dalai Lama expressed his willingness to help leprosy patients over the next five years using the royalty his trusts receives from the sale of books written by him.

A smiling person is always better than the one who is rich and healthy because they have forgotten to smile. Even if a person has physical difficulties, he is smiling and his brain is functioning properly. There is no reason to feel disheartened. Self-confidence and dignity is very important in a person’s life and if he has that there is no need to feel sad,” said the spiritual leader.

For residents of the complex, the visit was a delight. He asked me if I was fine. He blessed me and asked me to stay well. I told him I have some problem with my eyesight. It felt really nice having spoken to him,” said P Virkkan Yash Bavadel, 60, who has been living in one of the colonies in the leprosy complex for almost 25 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Goshul Lobsang è morto dopo le torture
Mar 21st, 2014 by admin

Goshul Lobsang

Goshul Lobsang

Goshul Lobsang, 43 anni, è morto il 19 marzo 2014 nella sua casa a Bhelban (Ch: Awancang) Township a Machu (Ch: Maqu) contea di Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Prefettura autonoma tibetana nella provincia di Gansu. “Le autorità di polizia e carcerarie cinesi hanno brutalmente torturato durante la detenzione in carcere. Ha subito lesioni mortali. Gli sono stati dati tutti i tipi di antidolorifico , che hanno solo aggravato la sua condizione . Poiché le autorità temevano che potesse morire in carcere , hanno deciso di rilasciarlo per motivi medici , qualche mese prima del completamento della sua condanna . È stato rilasciato il 27 ottobre 2013», ha detto una fonte con contatti in Tibet. Al rilascio dalla prigione, Goshul Lobsang aveva perso così tanto peso che era diventato l’ombra di se stesso. “Era letteralmente ridotto a pelle e ossa. Non poteva camminare. Non poteva mangiare o bere. Non riusciva nemmeno a pronunciare una sola parola” , ha detto la fonte. Quattro mesi più tardi, il 19 marzo 2014, quando Goshul Lobsang è morto, le sue condizioni di salute erano così estreme da non sorprendere famiglia ed amici. Goshul Lobsang è stato accusato di condurre una protesta nel 2008 contro le autorità cinesi a Bhelban Township . Per quasi due anni ha evitato l’arresto per mano delle forze di sicurezza cinesi. ” E ‘fuggito nelle aree limitrofe, evitando così la polizia cinese per due anni, ma alla fine è stato arrestato il 16 maggio 2010. Nei seguenti cinque o sei mesi, è stato arrestato dalla polizia della contea di Machu dove è stato brutalmente picchiato e torturato”, ha detto la fonte. Nel dicembre 2010, è stato condannato a 12 anni di prigione e incarcerato a Lanzhou , capoluogo della provincia del Gansu . Mentre era in prigione, la sua salute si è deteriorata a causa della mancanza di cure mediche e a una dieta da fame. Goshul Lobsang è nato a Bhelban Township nella contea di Machu, nella provincia tibetana dell’Amdo. Nel 1993, ha visitato l’India e ha studiato presso la Scuola di transito tibetano per i profughi vicino a Dharamsala nel nord dell’India. Lascia la moglie Tarey, 40 anni , il figlio Yeshi di 18 anni e la figlia Dolma di 15. TCHRD Trad. di Italy for Tibet.

Ancient Indian teachings with modern education: Dalai Lama
Mar 20th, 2014 by admin

Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh presenting His Holiness the Dalai Lama with an honorary degree from Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla, India on March 19, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh presenting His Holiness the Dalai Lama with an honorary degree from Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla, India on March 19, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Inculcate ancient Indian teachings with modern education: Dalai Lama

Shimla, HP, India, 19 March 2014 (IANS) – Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama Wednesday stressed the need to inculcate ancient Indian teachings with modern education.

Addressing students and faculty of the Himachal Pradesh University at its convocation here, he said: “India is a very rich country full of knowledge and wisdom and there is an urgent need to harness that, especially by the youth, for educational prosperity.”

The Dalai Lama, who was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree by Governor Urmila Singh, said the students should use the knowledge gathered for the welfare of society and their real achievement lies in using the knowledge with wisdom.

The Nobel Peace Laureate stressed the need of traditional education system for transforming a realistic society which in return gives new heights to the philosophy of the “gurus”.

“Even I am a follower of ancient Indian gurus and I have used the knowledge to fight problems in life,” he said.

He said India has a flourishing democratic set up which has paved the way for peace, progress and stability throughout the world.

“The three big civilizations — Indus Valley, Indian and Chinese — have given new vistas to the phrase of humanity and incidentally all of them lie in the Asian continent,” he added.

“The ancient Indian language Sanskrit has contributed a lot to the educational platform in society. There is an urgent need to study the language and understand the values enshrined in Sanskrit literature.”

Honorary D.Litt degree was also conferred on Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during 2007.

Renowned historian S.R. Mehrotra was also given D.Litt degree in social sciences while Priyadarshani R. Kalra received it for medical sciences.

http://www.dalailama.com/news/post/1094-inculcate-ancient-indian-teachings-with-modern-education-dalai-lama

Corruption is one form of violence eroding rich value system of India: Dalai Lama
Mar 19th, 2014 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the monks of Jhonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery in Shimla, HP, India on March 18, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the monks of Jhonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery in Shimla, HP, India on March 18, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

Corruption is one form of violence eroding rich value system of India: Dalai Lama

Shimla, HP, India, 18 March 2014 (By Mohan Verma, Himvani) – Tibetan Spiritual leader the 14th Dalai Lama, who arrived Shimla yesterday afternoon on two-day visit, stated that corruption is one of form of violence speedily eroding rich value system of this country.

On the sidelines of Tibetan Center School Function at Chhauta Shimla, he said that corruption in India is damaging the rich tradition of non-violence.

When he was questioned by media the issue of corruption inflicting this country, he said that it is against the centuries old Indian culture and moral values system, equal to violence and a big social and cultural problem.

It is a cultural, social problem…corruption is actually one form of violence India has thousand years old tradition…in economy field you must carry clean, corruption is violence and is against the thousand years rich culture and Indian moral values,” Mr. Lama replied.

On prevailing situation of Tibet he said that the incidents of increasing self-immolation are sad. “it very sad but it is a political issue, since I (he) am totally retired since 2011 from political affairs of Tibet he could not make any comments on this.

Giving his individual opinion over self-immolation he stressed that symptoms of the problem should looked into. He added that Chinese officials must carry a thorough probe of such incidents and look into causes of these sad events.

Dalai Lama was on his two day tour also visited Jonang monastery of this Shimla town and also inaugurated temple at Dorje Drak monastery, later he gave teachings at the Central School for Tibetans.

During his visit at Jonang monastery he appealed the monks to study all literature of the all schools of Buddhism to become a complete monk. He also supported the demand of the Jonang school of Buddhism for their representation in Tibetan Parliament-in-exile. Read the rest of this entry »

Il Senato approva una risoluzione sul Tibet
Mar 12th, 2014 by admin

tibet-2La Commissione straordinaria per la tutela e la promozione dei diritti umani, nella seduta del 5 marzo 2014, ha approvato – ai sensi dell’articolo 34, comma 1, e per gli effetti di cui all’articolo 50, commi 1 e 2, del Regolamento – tre risoluzioni a conclusione dell’esame dell’affare assegnato concernente il rispetto dei diritti fondamentali in Tibet (Doc. XXIV-ter, n. 6).

I predetti documenti sono inviati al Ministro degli affari esteri.

TESTO RISOLUZIONE

La Commissione, premesso che:

  • il 5 dicembre 2013 la Commissione straordinaria per la tutela e la promozione dei diritti umani del Senato ha incontrato Dicki Chhoyang, ministro dell’informazione e delle relazioni internazionali dell’amministrazione centrale tibetanaa Dharamsala, la quale ha descritto la drammatica situazione in Tibet sotto la repressione del governo cinese, sottolineando l’impegno e gli sforzi ininterrotti dei tibetani per conservare la propria dignità e per preservare, nell’esilio, la cultura tibetana;

  • a partire dal 2002 la rappresentanza tibetana ha incontrato, in nove tornate di colloqui, il Governo cinese, esprimendo la scelta del governo tibetano di seguire la via dell’autonomia del Tibet da Pechino attraverso la cosiddetta via di mezzo, all’interno della cornice della Costituzione cinese, ribadendo la via della non violenza;

  • l’ultimo incontro con le autorità cinesi è avvenuto nel gennaio 2010, senza ottenere risultati concreti, e da allora il dialogo della Repubblica popolare cinese con i rappresentanti tibetani è sospeso; Read the rest of this entry »

Discorso di Lobsang Sangay: 55°Anniversario dell’Insurrezione Nazionale Tibetana
Mar 11th, 2014 by admin

sav-tib-5Discorso del Sikyong, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, in occasione del 55° Anniversario dell’Insurrezione Nazionale Tibetana

In questo stesso giorno, 55 anni fa, migliaia di tibetani si riunirono spontaneamente di fronte al Palazzo del Potala, a Lhasa, la capitale del Tibet, per proteggere la persona del Dalai Lama e protestare contro l’occupazione cinese. Sette giorni dopo, Sua Santità il Dalai Lama lasciò Lhasa diretto in India. Ottantamila tibetani lo seguirono nell’esilio.

Nel mese di gennaio ho visitato Tawang, nell’Arunachal Pradesh, e ho provato un’indicibile commozione nel vedere la strada percorsa da Sua Santità per entrare in India. Ho anche visitato Bomdila e Tuting, dove migliaia di tibetani cercarono rifugio.  Non possiamo sottrarci al dolore nel constatare che molte delle persone più anziane costrette a fuggire in esilio nel 1959 sono morte senza poter realizzare il sogno di tornare in Tibet. Anche all’interno del Tibet, un incalcolabile numero di tibetani sono morti senza aver avuto la possibilità di ricongiungersi alle proprie famiglie o di vedere realizzato il loro desiderio di libertà. Mi conforta tuttavia il pensiero che le loro speranze e i loro sogni vivono e crescono nei loro figli.

Le prove di risolutezza e capacità di adattamento dei tibetani all’interno del Tibet, dalle insurrezioni e dalla resistenza nelle regioni del Kham e dell’Amdo negli anni ’50 alle proteste di Lhasa negli anni ’80, fino all’insurrezione nazionale del 2008 e ai recenti casi di autoimmolazione, dimostrano che la lotta per il Tibet non cesserà. Oggi, all’interno del Tibet e in esilio, la lotta tibetana è guidata da una nuova generazione. In Tibet, sono i più giovani a reclamare in modo chiaro e a gran voce, la loro identità, libertà e unità. Anche in esilio, la nuova generazione dei tibetani condivide questo impegno.

Gli scolari di Chabcha hanno chiesto che nelle loro scuole l’istruzione avvenga in lingua tibetana. A Driru i tibetani hanno rifiutato di issare la bandiera cinese sui tetti delle case e sono giunte fino a noi le grida di protesta dei minatori di Gyama, nel Medrogongkar, per la perdita di vite umane e la distruzione dell’ambiente. Queste proteste smentiscono inequivocabilmente le affermazioni della propaganda cinese secondo la quale “ad eccezione di pochi individui, i tibetani in Tibet sono felici”.

Dal 2009, in tutto il Tibet, si sono contati 126 casi di autoimmolazione. Nonostante i ripetuti appelli ad astenersi dal ricorrere a questi atti estremi, le autoimmolazioni sono continuate. Noi scoraggiamo il gesto degli autoimmolati ma ne sosteniamo le aspirazioni. Tsultrim Gyatso, un monaco che si è autoimmolato il 13 dicembre 2013, ha scritto nel suo testamento spirituale: “Cari fratelli, mi potete sentire? Potete vedere? A chi dovremmo rivolgerci per alleviare la sofferenza di sei milioni di tibetani? Sono costretto a dare alle fiamme il mio prezioso corpo per il ritorno di Sua Santità il Dalai Lama, per la liberazione del Panchen Lama e per il bene di sei milioni di tibetani”. Read the rest of this entry »

H.H. Dalai Lama Visits the National Cathedral and N.I.H.
Mar 8th, 2014 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the National Institutes of Health iin Washington DC on March 7, 2014. Photo/Sonam Zoksang

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the National Institutes of Health iin Washington DC on March 7, 2014. Photo/Sonam Zoksang

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Visits the National Cathedral and National Institutes for Health

Washington DC, USA, 7 March 2014 – On arrival at the Washington National Cathedral this morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was warmly received by the Bishop, the Rt Rev Mariann Edgar Budde and the Dean, the Very Rev Gary Hall. As they stepped into building noise could be heard in the distance as demonstrators from the New Kadampa Tradition under the guise of the International Shugden Community raised slogans and a larger group of Tibetans sang, danced and played drums to celebrate His Holiness’s presence among them.

In the Cathedral, Rev Hall explained that His Holiness was making his fourth visit and the Rt Rev Budde introduced him to the audience. He stepped up to the podium only to turn back to retrieve a cap from his bag to shield his eyes from the bright lights and enable him to see the faces in the audience. He began: “Respected elder brothers and sisters, younger brothers and sisters, it’s a great honour for me to be here again. We are now in the 21st century, at time when religious harmony is as important as ever. Generally, there is a strong desire for peace everywhere, while people increasingly feel that violence is not the right way to solve problems. Indeed, people are fed up with violence. We don’t need to repeat the mistakes of the last century and one element in this is to promote inter-religious harmony.” Read the rest of this entry »

“Segreto Tibet” di Fosco Maraini
Mar 7th, 2014 by admin

stLe origini storiche del genocidio ed etnocidio della Cina contro il Tibet

Segreto Tibet”, di Fosco Maraini, Corbaccio Editore. Ogni commento su questo libro, di grandissima fama e di enorme importanza, sarebbe superfluo. Le sue pagine sono un eccezionale documento artistico, culturale ed antropologico del Tibet dei tempi ‘felici’, quando la ‘modernità’ era ancora lontanissima da quelle montagne, e gli orrori del nazimaoismo ancora di là da venire. Oltre ai primi quattordici capitoli, dedicati appunto tutti al suo viaggio, di particolar pregio sono il XV° (Note sul Buddismo tibetano) ed ancor più il XVI° (Note sulla storia del Tibet), forse la miglior sintesi che abbia mai letto su un argomento tanto lontano e complesso. Da quest’ultimo capitolo, appunto, ho voluto proporre la lettura di alcune pagine, interessantissime ed illuminanti non solo perché testimoniano la barbarie dell’occupazione cinese in Tibet, ma soprattutto perché analizzano con grandissima competenza storico-antropologica la mentalità dell’occupante, e ci aiutano a capire nell’intimo la posizione politica e culturale della Cina, sia di quella di allora ma anche di quella odierna, nei confronti della questione tibetana. Leggete, inorridite, ‘compatite’ buddhisticamente, e fate tutto ciò che potete per la libertà del Tibet e del suo popolo. Come ha scritto tempo fa Majid Valcarenghi su “Re Nudo”, a Pechino scientificamente è stato messo a profitto quello che il Nazismo aveva solo immaginato”. LHA   GYAL   LO! (Che gli Dèi siano vittoriosi!)

II°- L’indipendenza (1912-1951)

(…) Un personaggio come Mao Tse Tung diviene più facilmente comprensibile se lo si assimila ad una figura archetipica della storia cinese (…) cioè al Fondatore di Dinastia, (…) figura dal carisma irresistibile. Le dinastie, ricordiamolo, sono organismi durevolissimi, contando mediamente su due, tre secoli di vita. Inoltre in Cina non v’è alcuna chiesa od organizzazione ideologica capace di contrastare o di soppiantare al momento opportuno il Partito Comunista. L’identificazione tra Cina ideologica, Cina nazionalista, Cina imperialista, e dinastia, è totale. (…) Tale individuo eccezionale si leva sui contemporanei come una montagna, si trova al di là e al di sopra di ogni giudizio comune, e gode di un carisma più divino che umano, poiché dimostra, nella sua persona e col suo successo, d’aver ottenuto l’indefinibile benedizione del Mandato Celeste. Che in questo particolare caso si trattasse di un comunista, presumibilmente ateo, non ha importanza; gli archetipi non poggiano su basi razionali, funzionano nel profondo irrazionale, emotivo e segreto degli uomini, e si nutrono di occulte linfe del passato vicino e lontano. Che la dinastia appena iniziata si trasmettesse il potere per cooptazioni, elezioni o altro, invece che per seme ereditario, è circostanza contingente. Ciò che importava era che la nuova dinastia comportasse rigenerazione sociale profonda, da un lato, e riaffermazione della grandezza cinese dall’altro. Read the rest of this entry »

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Spends the Day on Capitol Hill
Mar 7th, 2014 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Capitol

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Capitol

Washington DC, USA, 6 March 2014 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s day on Capitol Hill began with his being invited to offer prayers at the opening of proceedings in the Senate. He was first welcomed and introduced by Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid who described him as an inspiration to others across the world. After reciting a short salutation to the Buddha in Tibetan, His Holiness read the following prepared verses, first in Tibetan and then in English:

With our thoughts we make our world.
Our mind is central and precedes our deeds.
Speak or act with a pure mind
and happiness will follow you,
like a shadow that never leaves.
— from the ‘Dhammapada’
May there be joy in the world,
With bountiful harvest and spiritual wealth.
May every good fortune come to be;
And may all our wishes be fulfilled.

As long as space remains,
And as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then, may I too remain
And help dispel the misery of the world. Read the rest of this entry »

9 marzo Manifestazione a Roma per il Tibet
Mar 6th, 2014 by admin

schermata_2014-02-20_a_015651La data del 10 marzo 1959 segna un evento drammatico nella storia del Tibet. L’intera popolazione di Lhasa insorse contro l’occupazione militare cinese e, nella repressione che ne seguì, 87.000 tibetani vennero brutalmente uccisi. Ancora oggi, dopo 55 anni, la situazione all’interno del Tibet rimane gravissima. I tibetani lottano per conservare la propria identità contro la repressione e la violenza senza fine del regime coloniale cinese. A Roma, il 9 marzo, la celebrazione della ricorrenza. A tutti i sostenitori della causa del Tibet un invito a partecipare. 55° ANNIVERSARIO DELL’INSURREZIONE DI LHASA, LA MANIFESTAZIONE A ROMA – 9 MARZO – PIAZZA FARNESE – ore 15.00 Promotori e organizzatori Comunità Tibetana in Italia e Associazione Italia-Tibet.

PROGRAMMA DI MASSIMA DELLA MANIFESTAZIONE Read the rest of this entry »

H. H. Dalai Lama: Ethics, Education and Human Development
Mar 6th, 2014 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and members of the Mind & Life Institute Board discussing ‘Ethics, Education and Human Development’ in Rochester, Minnesota on March 3, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and members of the Mind & Life Institute Board discussing ‘Ethics, Education and Human Development’ in Rochester, Minnesota on March 3, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Ethics, Education and Human Development

Rochester, MN, USA, 3 March 2014 – Early this morning, under skies that were a wintry grey once more, His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove down from Minneapolis through the snowbound Minnesota countryside to Rochester. He is here to attend the Mayo Clinic and undergo his annual medical check up. Once the series of tests and observations had been set in motion, he was able to take time to meet members of the Mind & Life Board to hold a working meeting on the theme ‘Ethics, Education and Human Development’. Their intention was to report back to His Holiness on the progress being made in the project to design a curriculum to bring secular ethics into modern education. Read the rest of this entry »

H.H. Dalai Lama: Losar Celebrations and a Talk on the Nature of Happiness and Fulfillment
Mar 5th, 2014 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay during the playing of the Tibetan and American national anthems during the Tibetan New Year's Celebrations held at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 2, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay during the playing of the Tibetan and American national anthems during the Tibetan New Year's Celebrations held at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 2, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Losar Celebrations and a Talk on the Nature of Happiness and Fulfillment

Minneapolis, MN, USA , 2 March 2014 – After a gloomy day yesterday, today, the first day of the Tibetan New Year, dawned bright and clear. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove to Augsburg College for Losar celebrations organized by the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, the sun shone brilliantly, reflecting off the snow piled along the road and catching the breath-like vapour trails of the cars. His Holiness was accorded a full traditional Tibetan welcome on arrival. He participated in lighting a Tibetan butter lamp after which everyone stood at attention for a rendition of both the Tibetan and American national anthems. Read the rest of this entry »

H. H. Dalai Lama: Faith, Peace, Human Rights and Mutual Understanding
Mar 4th, 2014 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama answering questions from the audience during the 26th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 1, 2014. Photo/Sonam Zoksang

His Holiness the Dalai Lama answering questions from the audience during the 26th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 1, 2014. Photo/Sonam Zoksang

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Faith, Peace, Human Rights and Mutual Understanding

Minneapolis, MN, USA, 1 March 2014 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Minneapolis from Los Angeles yesterday, to find bitterly cold temperatures and the land white with snow as far as the eye could see. The Nobel Peace Prize Forum, which inspires peacemaking by celebrating the work of Nobel Peace Prize winners, invited His Holiness to Minneapolis to give the Laureate address today on the first day of the event.

Brothers and sisters,” he began, “wherever I go, whoever I meet, I remember that we are all the same physically, mentally and emotionally.

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Buon Anno del Cavallo, al galoppo nella storia del Tibet
Mar 3rd, 2014 by admin

tibet-zodiacBuon Anno del Cavallo, al galoppo nella storia del Tibet

di Raimondo Bultrini

In questo blog numero 111 di Asiaticom, vorrei celebrare il triplo numero (che dà inizio a ogni calcolo matematico) con un augurio per il nuovo anno tibetano (o Losar) del Cavallo di Legno, che comincia oggi.

Questo animale simbolo, lo stesso dello zodiaco cinese festeggiato il 31 gennaio scorso, è assieme al cane, la tigre, la scimmia, il topo eccetera uno dei 12 segni coi quali è rappresentato il calendario orientale, che alterna ogni ciclo con un elemento diverso: fuoco, metallo, acqua, terra e, appunto, legno, che è un po’ il prodotto degli altri. Il cavallo, in accordo con i principi dell’astrologia e della filosofia tibetana, richiama le caratteristiche di forza, vitalità e velocità proprie della sua natura. E’ considerato di particolare auspicio per la comunicazione e la diffusione o propagazione della “buona parola”, anche se nella storia umana i messaggeri lo hanno cavalcato al galoppo per trasportare tra città e regni ogni genere di informazione inviata dal mittente, comprese le dichiarazioni di guerra. Read the rest of this entry »

H. H. Dalai Lama Meeting Tibetans Living in California
Mar 3rd, 2014 by admin

Young children singing for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the start of his meeting with members of the Tibetan community in Los Angeles, California on February 27, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

Young children singing for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the start of his meeting with members of the Tibetan community in Los Angeles, California on February 27, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Meeting Tibetans Living in California

Los Angeles, CA, USA, 27 February 2014 – After young children dressed in their Tibetan best had sung for him and Tenzin Dorjee, President of Tibetan Association of Southern California had expressed words of welcome, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed the Tibetans assembled here in Los Angeles.

I’ve known many of you for a long time and now we’re all showing signs of age. I was 24 years old when our exile began and I’m nearly 79 now. Meanwhile the spirit of our people in Tibet is still strong; they have a strength that has been passed down generation to generation. Wherever we are, we shouldn’t forget that we are Tibetans. Those of us in exile number about 150,000, but what is most important is that the spirit of those in Tibet remains alive, they are the bosses. And it’s because of the hope they have placed in us that we have to keep our cause alive.” Read the rest of this entry »

Tibet, per non dimenticare
Mar 1st, 2014 by admin

voice-tibTibet, per non dimenticare, di Francesco Pullia

Ancora una immolazione in Tibet, la 127ma dal 2009. Secondo quanto riferisce il sito Phayoul, giovedì 13 febbraio si è dato fuoco, inneggiando slogan contro l’oppressione cinese, Lobsang Dorje, 25 anni, ex monaco del monastero di Kirti nella regione di Ngaba (Aba per i cinesi).

L’Europa resta muta a guardare. E se, come nel caso della Spagna, tenta di far sentire la propria voce, di avere un sussulto di dignità, Pechino interviene subito, esercitando il suo potere economico in modo ricattatorio.
Il Partito Popolare spagnolo ha, infatti, votato in solitaria una riforma della giustizia universale causando di fatto l’annullamento di decine di cause aperte, a partire da quella sfociata in un mandato di cattura internazionale contro l’ex-presidente cinese Jiang Zemin giudicato colpevole dalla magistratura spagnola di crimini contro l’umanità e genocidio in Tibet. Read the rest of this entry »

H. H. Dalai Lama: Non-violence and the Effects of Compassion in the 21st Century
Mar 1st, 2014 by admin

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Maria Shriver during their interview for NBC News in Los Angeles on February 25, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Maria Shriver during their interview for NBC News in Los Angeles on February 25, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Non-violence and the Effects of Compassion in the 21st Century

Los Angeles, CA, USA, 25 February 2014 – After a short flight from San Jose to Los Angeles today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama went directly to the Inglewood Forum, venue his public talk on ‘Non-violence and the Effects of Compassion in the 21st Century’. Many thousands gathered to hear him.

Speaking beforehand to Barbara Chai of the Wall Street Journal he remarked that when he first came to Europe in 1973 and to the USA in 1979, not many people talked about compassion; now interest is widespread. However, it is still the case that when people who have grown up in a materialistic society face emotional stress, their only outlet is to turn to drugs or alcohol. When she asked about the new Chinese leader Xi Jinping, His Holiness told her that friends say he is more realistic. Read the rest of this entry »

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