Washington DC, USA, 16 July 2011 - On his last full day of stay in Washington, D.C. during this visit, His Holiness theDalai Lama first bestowed the longevity of White Tara to the people. Thereafter, a long life prayer was conducted for His Holiness the Dalai Lama by the organizers of the teachings. Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche recited the attributes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his contribution to humanity and the recognition he has been receiving from the international community.
|Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpochemaking offerings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Long Life Offering ceremony held in Washington DC on July 16, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
His Holiness then said that from the mysterious life point of view, the spiritual imprint on account of the connections established during this teaching will be there not just life after life, but also aeons after aeons. He added that he will always remember the people.
Calling himself as being just one among the human beings on this earth, His Holiness said that a happy life for an individual depends on the entire world. He therefore said that everyone needed to have seriousat the global level to make this world a better place.
Thereafter, Garchen Rinpoche presented to His Holiness a copy of theEnglish edition of Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche's history of the Emperors of Tibet.
Following this, Mr. Kalden Lodoe, President of Capital Area Tibetan Association, which is the organizer of the teachings, gave his concluding remarks. He said that through this event they had wanted to generate positive forces of compassion and harmony at a time of many global conflicts as well as calamities caused by nature. He added that whatever virtues have been accumulated through the organization of this event was being dedicated for the wellbeing of all sentient beings, and in particular, the people and the nation of the United States. He said, “May the seed of compassion and love that Your Holiness has planted through this series of teachings continue to grow in each and every one of us as we go to our respective places so that the world becomes a better place for us all.
|Mr. Kalden Lodoe, President of the Capitol Area Tibetan Association reads the concluding remarks for the Kalachakra for World Peace 2011 event in Washington DC on July 16, 2011.Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
He said after close consultation between the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the organizing committee of the Kalachakra for World Peace 2011, and the Capital Area Tibetan Association, the remaining funds would be distributed in three categories:
Thirty per cent will be distributed among local, national and international charitable and humanitarian causes. Among the selected international causes include efforts to alleviate the ongoing hunger crisis being faced in East African countries and the Tsunami Relief Effort in Japan. In Washington, local charities that are being selected include those that are dedicated to helping the homeless, the Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for the Technical Arts, the Humane Society. His Holiness visited the Booker T. Washington School in November 2005 and was greatly impressed by the dedication of the students, the majority of whom come from underprivileged backgrounds.
Another thirty per cent will be allocated to the Capital Area Tibetan Association to be utilized as seed money for all community related educational and cultural projects.
Forty per cent will be earmarked for The Dalai Lama Trust, which wasfounded in 2009 by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. A non-profit charitable organization registered in the state of New York, the Trust is funded by charitable contributions made by its founder and by the general public. The Trust was established to support the advancement andwelfare of the Tibetan people, and the promotion of Tibetan culture andheritage as well as the deep-rooted values associated with its culture and people. Among its activities, the Dalai Lama Trust supports the preservation of Tibetan culture and the development of leadership and educational opportunities for young Tibetans. Along with providing relief and assistance to underserved communities, the Trust also seeks to support initiatives that encourage a sense of universal responsibility in the global community, and the advancement of dialogue between science and spirituality.
A program to honor Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche on behalf of the Tibetans in North America followed this. Representative Lobsang NyandakZayul, in his introductory remarks, mentioned the resolution of the North American Tibetan Associations to present an award to Samdhong Rinpoche “for his selfless dedication in serving the Tibetan nation.” In addition to the award, he said that the North American Tibetan Association have also decided to establish a “Samdhong Rinpoche Scholarship Award” to aid five outstanding Tibetans in India pursuing PhD studies. He mentioned that the Associations have made a contributionof $ 29, 882, which will be provided to the Tibetan Department of Education for this scholarship.
The North American members of the Tibetan Parliament, Mr. Norbu Tsering and Ms. Dicky Choyang, then read out the award statements in Tibetan and English respectively.
The award, “A Leader of Innovation and Reform,” was then presented to Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche.
His Holiness then left for the White House where he had around 45 minutes of meeting with President Barrack Obama. The President introduced his two daughters to His Holiness before the discussions began. See separate report on the meeting below.
After lunch, His Holiness gave an interview to TV anchorwoman Ann Curry of NBC. His Holiness answered questions about his meeting with President Obama, about his future reincarnation, and about Tibetan-Chinese dialogue, etc. This program will be telecast on the Today show on Monday, July 18.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama and monks from Namgyal Monastery pour a portion of the Kalachakra Sand Mandala in the Anacostia River in Washington DC on July 16, 2011.