Mexico City, Mexico, 10 September 2011—Before departing the hotel for Museum of (War Crimes) Memories and Tolerance, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with Senator Santiago Creel Miranda, whoearlier served as Minister of the Interior in the cabinet of President Vicente Fox, and his family members. In October 2004, when His Holiness visited Mexico, Senator Santiago Creel received His Holiness officially on behalf of the Mexico Government as Minister of the Interior.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with actor Richard Gere open the exhibition, ‘Tibet: Memories of a Lost Nation’ at the Museum of Memories and Tolerance in Mexico City, Mexico, on September 10, 2011. Photo/Yeonsuk Ka
At the Museum of Memories and Tolerance, His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with the actor Richard Gere opened an exhibition, ‘Tibet: Memories of a Lost Nation’. Five-room exhibits display not only the repression of the Tibetan people under China, but also highlight the timeline of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s life as well as display some aspects of the Tibetan Buddhist culture.
After opening the exhibition, His Holiness briefly spoke to more than 200 guests and media people presented at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. In his address, His Holiness thanked the management of the Museum for organizing the exhibition on Tibet and commented that these kinds of museums are so important to educate the people and create more awareness. After concluding his brief address, His Holiness signed the special visitors’ book of the museum.
From the Museum of Memories and Tolerance, His Holiness departed to Metropolitan Theater where he gave two sessions of teachings (morning and afternoon) to the Buddhist community of Mexico on‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’ composed by Geshe Langri Thangpa ((1054-1123).
His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his teachings at the Metropolitan Theater in Mexico City, Mexico, on September 10, 2011. Photo/Oscar Fernández/Casa Tibet Mexico
The first seven verses of the Eight Verses for Training the Mind deal with the practices associated with cultivating the method aspect of the path such as compassion, altruism, aspiration to attain buddhahood, and so on. The eighth verse deals with the practices that are directed toward cultivating the wisdom aspect of the path.
His Holiness was extremely impressed and touched by the amount of attention paid by the Mexican Buddhists throughout his day-long teaching. More than 3,500 people attended the teaching.
At the end of the teaching, the organizers of the visit and the teachings led by Marco Antonio Karam, President of the Casa Tibet Mexicoreceived a special blessing from His Holiness. This was followed by the recitation of special long life prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Spanish by the devotees who attended the teaching.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama being interviewed by Carlos Loret de Mola of Televisa News in Mexico City, Mexico, on September 10, 2011. Photo/Oscar Fernández/Casa Tibet Mexico
After the lunch break, His Holiness visited the studio of Televisa, a Mexican multimedia conglomerate, which is the largest mass media company in Latin America and in the Spanish-speaking world. At the Televisa studio, His Holiness gave an exclusive interviewto Carlos Loret de Mola, one of the most well-known Televisa News anchors.
When asked to comment on his observation on the situation in Mexico,His Holiness said although the media has been projecting so much violence in this country, one gets a real picture when you are on the spot. Just a handful of people engage in violence and the rest majorityof the people here are peaceful, he added. When asked to comment on Mexican people in general, His Holiness said Mexicans are very gentle and nice people. During the interview, His Holiness also explained hisMiddle-Way Approach to resolve the issue of Tibet as well as China’s approach.
Being a so-called Westerner in this life, I'm often asked the question, "What are the main reasons you have chosen to practise Buddhism?". In answering this type of question, I normally give varying answers of varying lengths depending on who is asking and for what reason they are asking the question.
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2019
Year of the Pig
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Monday: 4/2/2019:From 6pm to mid-night),
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Vegie Food Stalls , Prayers for everyone’s Ancestors , Repantance Ceremony, Cultural performances, Lion Dance & Firecrackers; Prayers for World Peace & Family Well-Being.
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Within a tree, there is a flower
Within a rock, there is a flame
Dedication for Most Venerable Thich Nhu Dien
on the ceremonial event of his 70th birthday, and 40 year-milestone for Vien Giac Temple to be established in Germany
Bhikhhu Thích Nguyên Tạng
Translated into English by: Dr Tâm Tịnh, Hoa Chí & Hoa Nghiêm
“Within a tree, there’s a flower, within a rock, there’s a flame” is the dharma taught by Zen Master Dao, recalled by Most Venerable Thich Nhu Dien during his dharmic teachings to which I had good fortune to attend in his dharma-propagating journey to the United States of America in 2006 when I acted as an assistant to him.
Smartphone Overuse, Youth Suicide and Buddhism as a Healing Source,
Youth suicide is disturbingly rising. Ashley Welch, in her article “What’s behind the rise in youth suicides?” (2017), gave some insights into the trend. The author mentioned potential causes for this trauma and notably pointed to “the correlation between the rising popularity of smartphones and increased rates of suicide and depression among young people” (para. 17). Although Welch did not offer a clear reason for the correlation, this point raises an awareness of an irony. We, as readers, may wonder, “How can such a wonderful entertaining device cause that terrible thing?” In this paper, I will discuss the roots of this pain, and then suggest Buddhism as a healing source.
Why Aren't We Teaching You Mindfulness?
AnneMarie Rossi, Founder and CEO of BeMindful
Harvard conducted a research study and they tracked more than 1,000 people from birth until age 32 looking for what made someone successful. What common characteristic or trait was seen in a successful individual? It wasn't their race, what language they spoke, what neighborhood they grow up in, or how much money their parents had. It wasn't how well they did on standardized tests or even their IQ. It was self-control; those who were successful, who had good careers, financial stability, loving relationships, and physical health. Those who were successful, were the ones who could focus, pay attention, and regulate their emotions.
The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, in a display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) entitled the 'Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana, the Dying Gaul, Farnese Hercules, Night, Day, Sartyr and Bacchante, Funerary Genius, Achilles, Persian Soldier Fighting, Dancing Faun, Crouching Aphrodite, Narcisse Couché, Othryades the Spartan Dying, the Fall of Icarus, A River, Milo of Croton'. It can also be seen at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/131149/
Although this display has been in place for some months, we have only just been made aware of its' existence. We are not usually outspoken, but this display desecrates the image of Buddha by placing images of these mythical images on him and in doing so, showing no apparent regard or respect for Him.
Prior to sharing some thoughts on the question, 'According to 2010 statistics, the number of Buddhists around the world is consistently increasing by approximately 5% to 10% per annum. What do you think are the main causes for this increase?', I should mention that I'm often 'open-mindedly skeptical' about such surveys, and the statistics gathered during such surveys. For where does the information come from and how is the information gathered, and for what purpose, and so on and so forth.
Nguyện đem công đức này, trang nghiêm Phật Tịnh Độ, trên đền bốn ơn nặng, dưới cứu khổ ba đường, nếu có người thấy nghe, đều phát lòng Bồ Đề, hết một báo thân này, sinh qua cõi Cực Lạc.
May the Merit and virtue,accrued from this work, adorn the Buddhas pureland, Repay the four great kindnesses above, andrelieve the suffering of those on the three paths below, may those who see or hear of these efforts generates Bodhi Mind, spend their lives devoted to the Buddha Dharma, the Land of Ultimate Bliss.