Wiesbaden, Germany, 22 August 2011 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama was welcomed at the Frankfurt airport this morning by Mr.Volker Bouffier, Minister President of Hessen state and the Speaker of the State Parliament. Mr. Volker Bouffier and the President of the StateParliament Mr. Norbert Kartmann extended an invitation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama earlier this year to visit Hessen State in Germany.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is greeted by well-wishers on his arrival at Seligenstadt Monastery near Frankfurt, Germany, on 22 August, 2011. Photo/Tibet Bureau Geneva
Over 600 Germans enthusiastically waited in the scorching summer sun for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival at Seligenstadt near Frankfurt for the official luncheon. They clapped their hands and welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the motorcade arrived.
After a brief walk with Mr. Volker Bouffier in the Seligenstadt Monastery’s famous garden, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mr. Bouffier addressed the members of the media.
“I am in Germany at the invitation of the Hessen government and am indeed very happy to be here”, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
“We are very happy, honoured and proud that His Holiness the Dalai Lama visit Hessen again”, said Mr. Volker Bouffier. “His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a person who touches the hearts of people wherever he goes. He advocates non-violence methods for the religious freedom and autonomy for Tibet. He is a role model for others. We wish his efforts to find a solution to the Tibetan issue will be fulfilled.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the garden at Seligenstadt Monastery near Frankfurt, Germany, on 22 August, 2011. Photo/Reuters
HisHoliness walked towards the waiting crowd of few hundred Germans. He expressed his happiness to see them and his gratitude for their welcome and support.
“I always say supporting Tibet’s just case is supporting pro-justices,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
State Cabinet members, President of the Parliament and leaders of the various state political parties attended the official luncheon.
In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Frankfurt’s Goethe University to speak to the students and faculty members on Leadership and Values.
“It is not often we get to invite such a distinguished guest as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We are delighted to have you here today. You are the role model for many,” said the Vice-President of the University in her welcome address.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama began his speech by addressing the audiences as “brothers and sisters”.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama next toHesse's state Prime Minister Volker Bouffier at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, on 22 August 2011.Photo/Tibet Bureau Geneva
“Whenever I give talk or meet people, I usually start my addressing by saying brothers and sisters because fundamentally we are all same human being – mentally, physically and emotionally,” he said.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasized the importance of moral ethnics based on secularism that is universal. He said that the present educational system should include moral ethnics as a curriculum.
“We must find ways and means to promote moral ethnics not based on religion but on secularism. Through education we can promote moral ethnics,” he said.
Secularism does not mean disrespect to religion he said. In fact, it shows respect to religions.
Speaking on democracy, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said world belongs tohumanity not to kings or religious leaders but to the people. Germany belongs to the German people. Democratic system means to rule the peopleby the people.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on "Leadership and Values" at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, on 22 August 2011.Photo/Tibet Bureau Geneva
20th century has been a century of blood shed.Over 200 million people were killed through violence. He said that we must build this Century as a peaceful century. He told the students thatthis is their century.
Peaceful world does not mean absences of problems. He said we must find ways and means to solve these problems through non-violence. So 21st Century should be a century of dialogue. For dialogue to success, we must have respect for others and take their interest into consideration.This way we can achieve meaningful dialogue.
In concluding his speech, His Holiness the Dalai Lama called on the younger generations and students to think more seriously as to what theywant make of this century.
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.