His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Sufi scholars: A Meeting of Two Oceans: Dialogue on Sufism and Buddhism.
Roshan Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA, May 2013. Slightly edited by Alexander Berzin.
Wallace Loh (President of the University of Maryland): Good afternoon, I am Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland. I wish to welcome all of you, our honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, to this most extraordinary of days. Like the religions of earth, the ocean is a source of life that buoys the spirit; when torn by wind and tide the ocean resembles religious passions. Today we offer a gentle meeting of two oceans, Buddhism and Sufism. This is a rare promising opportunity and we are deeply grateful to all of our guests. Today His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama has deeply moved our campus. He is sharing his presence, a radiance of simplicity, kindnessand good humor, and we are most grateful to him. Continue reading
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace.
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA, May 2013. Lightly edited by Alexander Berzin.
When I give public talks, there is no need for formality. Actually, we are the same human beings. As human beings, the way we are born and die is, by their nature, without any formality. We come and go, just like that. Therefore, when I start my talks, I prefer to mention to you, my respected elder brothers and sisters and respected younger brothers and sisters, that we are the same human beings. We are part of a seven billion strong human family, and each of us wants a happy life, which is very much related with a peaceful life. Continue reading
Closing Address by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Global Buddhist Congregation 2011
New Delhi, India, November 30, 2011
[Delivered to an audience that included senior members of the monastic communities from all the Asian Buddhist countries]
Transcribed by Diana Yles, slightly edited by Luke Roberts and Alexander Berzin.
[Video of the address can be viewed http://www.dalailama.com/webcasts/post/208-address-to-the-global-buddhist-congregation-2011.] Continue reading
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn arcibishoph of Wien
Salzburg 21 May 2012 – Interreligious Dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama: World Peace and Universal Responsibility
Trascript by Dr. Peter Lawrence-Roberts, first revision and editing by Dr. Luciano Villa within the project “Free Dalai Lama’s Teachings” for the benefit of all sentient beings. We apologize for possible errors and omissions.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
In modern times we are far more interdependent than in ancient times. East needs West, South needs North etc. We need to adopt the concept of ‘we’ to embrace all human beings.
We can keep our own identity but also think of the common interest. This is the underlying principle of the EU. We are all human beings so we should think about the common goal. We must think holistically, about the oneness of all humanity. Economically, ecologically we are all now globally interdependent.
Once we develop the global concept of ‘we’ all basis of conflict disappears. When disagreements arise within ‘we’ then dialogue is the only option. Continue reading
His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Religious Harmony
A Biased Mind Cannot Grasp Reality
I am extremely delighted to attend this inter faith seminar on the Preservation of Religious Harmony, Coexistence and Universal Peace organised by the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF), Ladakh group. Thank you very much for the detailed explanation of the association’s history, activities, objectives and their relevance in the present century. Continue reading
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: The Importance of Dialogue
The First Conference on Tibetan Buddhism in Europe, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2005. Slightly edited by Alexander Berzin.
Nonviolence and Dialogue
Now we are in the twenty-first century, and of course material development has reached a very high, very advanced level. Still, among humanity there are quite a substantial number of people who have a genuine interest in religious faith. There are some unfortunate disasters, so-called terrorism and such things, but these are obviously due to a lack of long-sightedness. Continue reading