Washington DC, USA, 12 July 2011 - On July 12th morning, His Holiness undertook his preparatory rituals for the Kalachakra teachings at the Verizon Center.
Namgyal Monastery monks perform the Kalachakra ritual dance in Washington DC on July 12, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
This included a ritual dance offering by the monks of Namgyal Monastery in the afternoon. Artists of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts also presented a few cultural performances as part ofthe offering.
Thereafter, His Holiness left Verizon Center to the Hilton Hotel, where he first gave an interview to Voice of America’s Chinese (Mandarin) service). TV host Xin Chen conducted the Interview, and the issues touched included the impact of His Holiness’ devolution of authority on the Tibetan-Chinese dialogue as well as His Holiness’ message to the Chinese people. His Holiness was also asked about his opinion on Xi Jinping, who is to be the next leader of China.
Following the interview, His Holiness addressed the benefactors of the Kalachakra teachings. In his remarks His Holiness talked about the significance of moral ethics and why people need to make special effort in adhering to them. He also advised the people to go beyond the rituals in trying to understand Buddhism by using their analytical mind. His Holiness said they should be 21st century Buddhists.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses benefactors of the Kalachakra teachings in Washington DC on July 12, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
HisHoliness expressed his appreciation of the benefactors for enabling such the Kalachakra teachings to be organized in Washington, D.C. He added that they should dedicate whatever virtues they accumulate the wellbeing of all sentient beings.
His Holiness retired for the day thereafter.
On July 13, 2011, His Holiness will begin the actual Kalachakra empowerment. In the morning there will be the self-generation prayers and in the afternoon, preliminary initiation for students.
Since His Holiness began his teachings at the Verizon Center, many devotees have been seen doing prostration offerings inside the hall whenthe preparation rituals were being performed. Since the Verizon Center has a circular concourse, devotees can also be seen doing circumambulation in the concourse when His Holiness is present in the hall.
On July 13th His Holiness left for the teaching venue very early in the morning to undertake the self-generation prayers, part of the Kalachakra preparatory rituals.
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Monks from Namgyal Monastery reciteprayers before His Holiness the Dalai Lama's arrival at the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington DC on July 9, 2011. Prior to His Holiness’ arrival, monks of Namgyal Monastery recited prayers of blessings...In his talk His Holiness dwelt on the importance of creating inner peace saying he felt very happy to share these ideas with the public.
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The Five Mindfulness Trainings are one of the most concrete ways to practice mindfulness. They are nonsectarian, and their nature is universal. They are true practices of compassion and understanding. All spiritual traditions have their equivalent to the Five Mindfulness Trainings.
The first training is to protect life, to decrease violence in onc-self, in the family and in society. The second training is to practice social justice, generosity, not stealing and not exploiting other living beings. The third is the practice of responsible sexual behavior in order to protect individuals, couples, families and children. The fourth is the practice of deep listening and loving speech to restore communication and reconcile. The fifth is about mindful consumption, to help us not bring toxins and poisons into our body or mind.