Sao Paulo, Brazil, 17 September - On the final dayof his ten-day visit to Latin America, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gavea public talk on ‘Harmony through Universal Responsibility’ to 6,500 people at West Pavillion of the Parque das Convencoes do Anhembi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This event was co-hosted by the office of the Mayor of Sao Paulo City.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his public talk 'Harmony Through Universal Responsibility' in Sao Paulo on September 17, 2011. Photo/Palas Athena Association
As soon as his motorcade arrived at Convention Center, His Holiness was received by Mr. Gilberto Kassab, Mayor of Sao Paulo City, Dom Odilo Scherer, Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Mr. João Grandino Rodas, Dean of Sao Paulo University, and Chief of Security. After having a brief private meeting with them, His Holiness was usheredon to the stage, where Mayor Gilberto Kassab welcomed and introduced His Holiness to the public.
After the introduction, His Holiness began his public talk on ‘Harmony Through Universal Responsibility’.
His Holiness told the crowd that the concept of war and use of force is out dated. He said in the past nations remained isolated from each others and therefore there was defeat for your neighbor and victory for you. But today, he said, we live in a much interconnected world, therefore, the destruction of your neighbor is destruction of yourself. In order to make life in 21st century more peaceful, harmonious and stable, he said, we must learn to resolve all differences and problems through dialogue and for that young people, who are very much part of the 21st century, should pay more attention to inner values or secular ethics and learn to respect others even if there are serious differencesover belief systems and ideology. After he finished his talk, His Holiness also attended to many questions from the public.
His Holiness’ talk was also attended by many disabled people on wheel chairs as well as others who have hearing and speech problems.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his teachings at the Golden Hall of the World Trade Center in Sao Paulo on September 17, 2011. Photo/Palas Athena Association
In the afternoon, His Holiness gave a teaching primarily focused on cultivating constructive and positive emotions at the Golden Hall of the World Trade Center. He suggested to the audience to pay more attention to study rather than merely caught up in the ritual. He said that knowledge and practice must go hand-in-hand.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s last event in Sao Paulo was attended by around 5,000 people. Many could not get a seat as the seating capacity of the Golden Hall in the World Trade Center where the teaching was heldhas only 4,000 sitting capacity and therefore chose to seat on the floor without chair or cushion.
At the end of event, Prof. Lia Diskin, co-founder of Palas Athena Association and host of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Brazil, thanked His Holiness on behalf of the Brazilian people for his kind visit and sharing his wisdom. Prof. Lia Diskin requested His Holiness to return to Brazil next year and while she narrated these words, the crowd gave a standing ovation and many could be seen crying with excitement.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama left for Frankfurt as soon as he finished the last event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Recently I was asked why I love Buddhism. So here are 7 answers for why I love, appreciate, respect, study, practise and share the precious Buddha Dharma.
Some answers are short and sweet, while others are in more detail. Of course I could give many more answers and more details, however I've kept it to just 7, for the benefit of easy reading.
Don't live like a fish in Egypt, a frog in a well, or an emu or ostrich with its head in the sand.
1) "Don’t be like a fish in Egypt, and live in denial (the Nile river). LOL."
This quote, or joke with meaning, "Don't be like a fish in Egypt, and live in denial (the Nile River)", was something that just popped out of my mouth while teaching a Dharma class a few years ago at a monthly half-day Buddhist youth retreat.
The classes were simply entitled 'Q&A' and we would give each class a name that related to the subject matter at the end of the class. The subject matter was determined by the questions asked by the students.
Every morning when I read the news, there are so many reports on war and destruction happening all over the world. This sometimes leads me to feel overwhelmed, helpless and somewhat guiltyfor the relatively peaceful life I have. How do Itransform these feelings of sadness, anger and helplessness into something a lot more productive and constructive?
Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World | BBC Documentary | with English Subtitles, Over thirty years ago I sat and watched a programme on British television about Tutankhamen. I still remember the frisson - the realisation that the stories I'd heard; of boy-kings dripping in gold; of hidden burial chambers and court intrigue could, sometimes, be true.
That BBC documentary was inspirational. I've been fortunate enough to spend my adult life following my own research interests - and delight in being able to share the results with a wider public.
In India in the 6th century BC, Sakyamuni, "a wise man of the Sakya tribe", had been meditating under a tree when, suddenly, he was struck with the comprehension of all things. He became Buddha, meaning the « Illuminated ». His message, based on a pragmatic philosophy, taught how to free oneself from all needs in order to achieve illumination. After the death of the Enlightened One, his disciples – a few monks – began to spread his teachings all over India, from Ceylon to the Himalayan. Fearing man’s penc
Here are a series of questions that I was recently asked as part of a Casey Multifaith Network presentation for the local Star Newspaper, with the intention to create peace, understanding and harmony within the community.
I thought the answers may be of some benefit for practising Buddhists and Non-Buddhists alike.
Happy Vesak. May all beings be well and happy.
1) What is your name and where do you live?
Andrew Williams. I live at Phillip Island & Endeavour Hills.
2) What religion do you believe in and/or follow and what is your involvement?
Buddhism. I have studied & practised Buddhism since I was quite young. I have been teaching Buddhism since 1998, initially in the USA & now back home in Australia.
Buddhism has taken firm roots in Australia during the last few decades, due in part to people migrating to Australia from various Buddhist cultures and their 2nd generation, who either moved here as children or were born here. It is also due in part to the genuine interest in these precious teachings and way of life shown by Australian's of all backgrounds. Some of whom have deep virtuous roots from practising the Dhamma in previous lives and others who are totally new to the Dhamma, having a strong attraction to the peace, harmony and understanding that results from the Buddhist practises of morality, meditation and wisdom. Therefore it is essential that the Dhamma be taught in the English language, using terminology and expression that can be clearly understood.