Mexico City, Mexico, 9 September 2011 - This morning, before leaving the hotel to address the Third International Conference of Human Values and Rule of Law at the auditorium Banamex (Fundidora), His Holiness met briefly with a fellow Nobel Laureate Shirin Ibadi of Iran at the hotel.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Shirin Ebadi greet the audience during the Third World Meeting of Human Values and Culture of Lawfulness at the Banamex auditorium in Monterrey,Mexico, on September 9, 2011. Photo/Reuters
Thereafter, His Holiness accompanied by Ms. Shirin Ibadi left for the auditorium, where they were given a very emotional welcome by the members of the Casa Tibet Monterrey and also received by Mr. Javier Benitez Gomez and Mrs. Cristina Gonzalez Paras, conveners of the events in Monterrey.
Before addressing the conference on ‘Building Harmony Through Altruism and Compassion’, His Holiness briefly met with the members of the State of Nuevo Leon’s Religious Council and several dignitaries of the State.
In his address, His Holiness highlighted the peace as a basis of happiness. His Holiness said that often we give so much importance to the secondary things and neglect the fundamental thing which is human warm heartedness. As such, despite so much material development and possession, deep inside, His Holiness said, many people, including very wealthy people are feeling loneliness.
His Holiness then added that because of the importance of inner values, now even scientists are showing some interest on the issue. In this regard, he said, since the Buddhists have more information about the inner world, therefore, more scientists are showing interest to learn about the Buddhists perspective of understanding the mind. His Holinesswent on to add that in the United States, several universities have been conducting serious research for the past 10 years on emotions and the research findings shows that negative emotions eat our immune systemand positive emotions make us more peaceful and happy.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the third World Meeting of Human Values and Culture of Lawfulness in Monterrey, Mexico, on September 9, 2011. Photo/Rolando Zenteno/ Casa Tibet Monterrey
Even looking at the global economic crisis, His Holiness said some of his business friends and others who are advisors to the multinational corporations told him that the current economic crisis was partly result of greed. Looking at this, His Holiness said, it is quite clear that the current global economic crisisis also made by our own mind. Similarly, looking at the ecological crisis, he said, it is partly because of lack of holistic view and too much short sighted approaches. His Holiness also highlighted the problemof corruptions in different countries including Mexico, which he said is because of lack of moral and ethics.
While commenting on the drug related violence on the northern borders ofMexico, His Holiness said those who consume drugs as well as others whobecome alcoholic show that something is lacking or missing inside amongthese people, which he said may be because of education and upbringing. Keeping these things in mind, His Holiness said, it is important to pay more attention to altruism and inner values.
After the conclusion of his address at the Monterrey event, His Holiness attended a brief press meet before he flew to Mexico City by a private plane.
In Mexico City, as soon as he arrived at the airport, His Holiness left straight to the Los Pinos, the Presidential Palace of Mexico, wherehe met with President Felipe Calderon and the First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderón. His Holiness spent around 45 minutes with PresidentCalderon. His Holiness was accompanied at the meeting by Mr. Chimme R Chhoekypa, Secretary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr. Lobsang Nyandak, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas, and Mr. Tsewang Phuntso, CTA’s Liaison Officer to Latin America, and Mr.Marco Antonio Karam, President of Casa Tibet Mexico.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama meets with members of the press in Mexico City on September 9, 2011. Photo/Yeonsuk Ka
After meeting with President Calderon, His Holiness left for Hotel Marquis Reforma, where he attended a press meet for 45 minutes and the press meet was attended by more than 400 media people.
Immediately after the press meet, His Holiness returned to his room,where he met with former President of Mexico, Mr. Vicente Fox, former First Lady Marta Sahagún de Fox, and their whole family members. Former First Lady Marta Sahagún de Fox met with His Holiness several times in the past both in Mexico and New York. President Vicente Fox has formally offered an invitation for His Holiness to visit his home state of Guanajuato and the Vicente Fox Center of Studies, Library and Museum some time next year. His Holiness agreed to return once again to Mexicoand visit Guanajuato Sate.
This handbook, Buddhism 101—Questions and Answers, is a selected collection of Buddhist basic teachings for beginners. While composing this book, we thought in particular about those Buddhists who just initiatively started to study and practice Buddhism in environments of multiple religions and multiple cultures. Therefore, the basic themes introduced here serve to provide readers with a general view of the Buddha’s teachings in regard to both theory and practice. Given the limitations of a handbook, we dare not go further into intensive issues of Buddhist philosophy as doing so may lead to difficulties for beginners. However, the selected questions discussed here are the core teachings of Buddhism. As a beginner, you need to master these teachings firmly and precisely before going further into the Buddhist studies. We hope that this handbook will be a useful ladder to help you along the way in your learning and practicing.
Now we'll try the walking meditation. How to do it? Well, first you find a level track about 15 to 20 paces and walk back and forth noting the parts of the steps in the walking. Don't worry, it's all explained in the diagrams that follow, and there's a flow chart with more instruction as well - we look after you very nicely here.