Tallinn, Estonia, 17 August 2011 (by Toomas Tiivel) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s second day of his third visit to Estonia began with interviews for Postimees, the largest newspaper in Estonia, and Estonian Television.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Estonian President Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves in Tallinn, Estonia, on 17 August 2011. Photo/Jarek Jõepera/Office of Tibet, London
His Holiness then met with the The President of Estonia Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves at the Centre for Defence Studies in Tallinn. The meeting with the President was followed by a brief seminar on Tibet attended by the staff of the Centre, intellectuals and writers from different institutions as well as people who are deeply interested in international affairs.
His Holiness then walked the short distance between the Centre for Defence Studies and the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) stopping enroute to speak to and bless Estonians and tourists. At the Riigikogu, His Holiness met with members of the Estonian Parliamentary Group for Tibet and other members of the Estonian Parliament, and attended a lunch hosted by Mr. Andres Herkel, the leader of the Estonian Parliamentary group for Tibet, in honour of His Holiness’ visit. The lunch was attended by guests including the Mr. Mart Laar, the Minister of Defence and the acting Prime Minister of Estonia.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with Parliamenatarian supporters and Tibet support group members from the three Baltic States in Tallinn, Estonia, on 17 August 2011. Photo/Jarek Jõepera/Office of Tibet, London
Immediately following lunch, His Holiness had a meeting with Parliamentarian supporters from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, including some MEPs and key members from the Tibet support groups from the three Baltic States. Addressing the meeting, His Holiness spoke about the situation in Tibet today. The policy of the Chinese central government was leading to a situation where the Tibetans are become an insignificant minority in their own land. Commenting on the construction of the railway to Lhasa, His Holiness informed the meeting that the Chinese leaders themselves have expressed the view that this is a political and not an economic project. The environmental situation is critical as a result of deforestation and mining. Despite these difficulties, His Holiness informed the meeting that a positive thing is the fact that Tibetan spirit and determination remains very strong.
The culmination of the second day of His Holiness’ visit to Estonia was His Holiness’ public speech "A Call for Universal Responsibility" at the Liberty Square, in front of the Estonian Liberty Statue.
The 10,000 strong crowd listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at Liberty Square in Tallinn, Estonia, on 17 August 2011. Photo/Jarek Jõepera/Office of Tibet, London
Opening the meeting under the Estonian and Tibetan flags, the main organisers of the visit Mr Sven Grünberg, the Director of Estonian Institute of Buddhism and Mr. Andres Herkel spoke about the historic value of this visit, the meetings with the Estonian officials - The President, the parliamentarians, the acting Prime Minister and other ministers.
Mr Grünberg added that people attending the meeting as well as watching the media coverage are here not only to get something but also to give – we have to make sure that the Tibetan civilization and culture will not vanish. He gave a present to His Holiness from the Estonian People – flags of both Estonia and Tibet (both made in Estonia).
In his speech His Holiness remembered with warm words his visits to Estonia some years ago, mentioning that he loved Estonia and Estonian people for their courage and the bravery during complicated times 20 and more years ago. His Holiness spoke of the respect which he held for the Estonian people for the strength and determination that they have shown in their struggle for freedom and in their establishing democracy following a long period of authoritarian Communist rule.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting well-wishers as he leaves Liberty Square after his talk in Tallinn, Estonia, on 17 August 2011. Photo/Jarek Jõepera/Office of Tibet, London
His Holiness told the large gathering of about 10,000 people that it was good to base our life on hope because no one can predict the future. Estonia has achieved many of her aspirations and she has done it respecting moral ethics. Following the public talk, the Tibetan Nobel Peace Laureate also answered a series of questions put by the audience, ranging from his visits to different countries, the present situation in the world, his recent resignation from political leadership, and how people from different countries can help the Tibetans.
Leaving the Liberty Square, His Holiness consecrated a sand mandala created close to the where the public talk was held by monks from Namgyal Monastery.
Marie Beuzeville Byles was born in 1900 into a Christian family in England. At the age of eleven years, she migrated with her family to Australia. She was one of the first women to graduate in Law from the University of Sydney and certainly the first to set up practice as a solicitor after graduation. At that time, the best that a woman graduate in Law could expect was employment in a Law Office as a solicitor's clerk. This, Marie could not accept so she established her own practice at Eastwood, a Sydney suburb.
Dr. Allan Molloy
KERRY O'BRIEN: As the spiritual leader of a remote Asian nation, the Dalai Lama certainly casts a long shadow.
In just two public events in Australia so far, some 30,000 people have flocked to hear the word of the revered head of the Tibetan Buddhist faith.
And while controversy surrounds his role as an activist for Tibet's political future, his advice on how to cope with the pressures of modern life certainly has broad appeal.
The advice is given with humility and humour, and if the question's too hard, a candid acknowledgment that he doesn't have an answer for everything.
Mick Bunworth reports.
How do people manage spiritual practice with a busy working life? This was one of the questions that were put to Dr. Alan Molloy, long-time resident of Tara Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Alan has witnessed the growth of Buddhism in Australia from the late 1970s to the present and, during the interview, shared some of the highlights of his 17 years as a Buddhist.
Born in England in 1949, Steve migrated to Australia with his parents and two brothers in 1963. Four years later he joined the Australian Army in 1967, serving in Viet Nam from 1969 to 1971. It was there he met his wife of 44 years, Tuyet. Steve has four children and six grand children.
He served 26 years in the Army and 8 more years out of the Army, until he retired in 2001 due to ill-health. Steve continued his voluntary work with Vietnam Veterans (Australian & Vietnamese) and with the Vietnamese community in Melbourne.
In 2002, Steve and Tuyet (Buddhist name: Nguyên Thiện Hạnh) made their first visit to Quang Duc Monastery and took refuge in Buddhism (with Snr. Ven. Thich Tam Phuong) in 2003.
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.