Mexico City, Mexico, 11 September 2011 - Before departing the hotel for Cruz Azul (Blue Soccer) Stadium to deliver a public talk on ‘Finding Happiness in the Troubled Times’, His Holiness briefly met with Governor of Zacatecas State, Mr. Miguel Alonso Reyes. During the meeting, Governor also extended an invitation for His Holiness to visit the State of Zacatecas in the near future. His Holiness in principal accepted the invitation.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing the over 30,000 strong crowd at the Cruz Azul Stadium in Mexico City on September 11, 2011. Photo/Oscar Fernández/Casa Tibet Mexico
At the Cruz Azul Stadium, 30,000 people gathered tolisten to the talk of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On his arrival at the stadium, His Holiness was received by the members of the Religious Council of Mexico City. Richard Gere, a long time friend of Tibet and follower of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, introduced His Holiness to the crowd.
His Holiness began his talk saying 'We're all equal, we all want to have a happy life, and we all have rights to be happy.' His Holiness spoke for more an hour standing, as enthusiastic crowd of 30,000 people listened attentively to his talk despite strong sun in the early morning. Later, His Holiness attended to the questionsfrom the audience.
Some of the banners hanging in the Cruz Azul Stadium in Mexico City during His Holiness the Dalai Lama's talk on September 11, 2011. Photo/Yeonsuk Ka
When asked to comment about Mexicans carrying Tibetan Flag, His Holiness said that in 1954 when he visited China and met with Chairman Mao Tsetung, he was told by Mao that Tibet had its ownflag and Tibetans should use it. So if people complained about displaying Tibetan flag, His Holiness told the crowd, you should tell them that even Chairman Mao had no objection to displaying the flag. AsHis Holiness narrated these words, all the people carrying small Tibetan flag raised the flags in the air.
At the stadium, massive banners reading 'Mexico loves Tibet’ hanged from the awning of the soccer teams' benches and thousands of people were carrying small Tibetan flag drew attention of the media people.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with some of the musicians who performed after his talk in Mexico City on September 11, 2011. Photo/Oscar Fernández/Casa Tibet Mexico
Later when His Holiness concluded his talk andwhen a host of the event delivered his thank you remark, the crowd recited in unison in Spanish a popular longlife prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which says: “In this land surrounded by mountains of snow; You are the source of all solace and joy; All powerful Chenresig, Tenzin Gyatso; Please remain until samsara ends.”
This was followed by the musicians of the traditional Mexican songs ‘Mariacha’ coming up on the stage and played a very emotional farewell song for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The crowd also joined in singing the song.
Before he left the stage at the stadium, His Holiness had a group photo with the members of the Religious Council of Mexico City as well as with the musicians of the Mexican traditional song.
The Leandro Valle Culture Center venue for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's address in to Mexican educationists in Mexico City on September 11, 2011. Photo/Oscar Fernández/Casa Tibet Mexico
In the afternoon, His Holiness departed for Leandro Valle Culture Center, where addressed the Mexican educationists on “A Holistic Approach: Sharpening the Mind, Nurturing a Good Heart”. This high profile talk was attended by one thousand members of the Unionof Education Workers in Mexico. The talk was simultaneously telecastedall over Mexico by Azteca TV.
After completing his three days visit to Mexico, His Holiness will depart tomorrow morning to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, wherehe has two-day program.
Venerable Pannyavaro is an Australian Buddhist monk who has devoted his life to the meditational aspects of the Buddha's teachings.
During his meditation training, he practiced under several meditation masters in Sri Lanka and Burma, including Venerable Sayadaw U Janaka of Chanmyay Meditation Centre, Rangoon, who is the foremost disciple of the renowned Burmese meditation master, the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw.
Pannyavaro was involved in the beginnings of a number of the very early Buddhist communities in Australia. He later went to Thailand and received higher ordination at Wat Borvornivet in Bangkok under Venerable Phra Nyanasamvarva, the Sangha Raja of Thailand.
Since 1974, he has from time to time studied and practised Vipassana meditation in most of the major Theravada Buddhist countries, including long periods of intensive practise with teachers at the Mahasi Sayadaw centres in Burma.
In the year 563B.C. on the border of modern day Nepal and India, a son was born to a chieftain of the Sakya clan. His name was Siddhartha Gotama and at the age of thirty-five, he attained, after six years of struggle and through his own insight, full enlightenment or Buddhahood. The term 'Buddha' is not a name of a god or an incarnation of a god, despite later Hindu claims to the contrary, but is a title for one who has realised through good conduct, mental cultivation, and wisdom the cause of life's vicissitudes and the way to overcome them. Buddhism is perhaps. unique amongst the world's religions in that it does not place reliance for salvation on some external power, such as a god or even a Buddha, but places the responsibility for life's frustrations squarely on the individual. The Buddha said:
The Pope, who managed to get the United Nations "International Year for Tolerance" off to a good start with the launch of his book, 'Crossing the Threshold of Hope' - Johnathan Cape, London, has demonstrated his abysmal ignorance and lack of understanding of Buddhism. Although he, with reservations, expresses guarded approval of Judaism, Hinduism and Islam, he considers Buddhism beyond the pale. He trots out the usual cliches about Buddhism being "negative" and pessimistic. What really worries him is the appeal Buddhism has to the 'Western' mind, especially to Catholics who see in Buddhist meditation techniques something that has been lost from the contemplative tradition of early Christianity. He provides no logical arguments against Buddhism but resorts to dogma to prove his point.
Buddhism is one of Australia’s fastest growing religions, having increased by 79% in the years 1996 to 2001, then numbering some 357,814 people, being 1.9% of the population. According to the 2001 Commonwealth Census, the majority of Buddhist live in New South Wales and Victoria. The largest concentration of Buddhists in Australia is in the Fairfield Local Government Area where 21.2% of the population registered as Buddhists.
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.