Mexico City, Mexico, 9 September 2011 - This morning, before leaving the hotel to address the Third International Conference of Human Values and Rule of Law at the auditorium Banamex (Fundidora), His Holiness met briefly with a fellow Nobel Laureate Shirin Ibadi of Iran at the hotel.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Shirin Ebadi greet the audience during the Third World Meeting of Human Values and Culture of Lawfulness at the Banamex auditorium in Monterrey,Mexico, on September 9, 2011. Photo/Reuters
Thereafter, His Holiness accompanied by Ms. Shirin Ibadi left for the auditorium, where they were given a very emotional welcome by the members of the Casa Tibet Monterrey and also received by Mr. Javier Benitez Gomez and Mrs. Cristina Gonzalez Paras, conveners of the events in Monterrey.
Before addressing the conference on ‘Building Harmony Through Altruism and Compassion’, His Holiness briefly met with the members of the State of Nuevo Leon’s Religious Council and several dignitaries of the State.
In his address, His Holiness highlighted the peace as a basis of happiness. His Holiness said that often we give so much importance to the secondary things and neglect the fundamental thing which is human warm heartedness. As such, despite so much material development and possession, deep inside, His Holiness said, many people, including very wealthy people are feeling loneliness.
His Holiness then added that because of the importance of inner values, now even scientists are showing some interest on the issue. In this regard, he said, since the Buddhists have more information about the inner world, therefore, more scientists are showing interest to learn about the Buddhists perspective of understanding the mind. His Holinesswent on to add that in the United States, several universities have been conducting serious research for the past 10 years on emotions and the research findings shows that negative emotions eat our immune systemand positive emotions make us more peaceful and happy.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the third World Meeting of Human Values and Culture of Lawfulness in Monterrey, Mexico, on September 9, 2011. Photo/Rolando Zenteno/ Casa Tibet Monterrey
Even looking at the global economic crisis, His Holiness said some of his business friends and others who are advisors to the multinational corporations told him that the current economic crisis was partly result of greed. Looking at this, His Holiness said, it is quite clear that the current global economic crisisis also made by our own mind. Similarly, looking at the ecological crisis, he said, it is partly because of lack of holistic view and too much short sighted approaches. His Holiness also highlighted the problemof corruptions in different countries including Mexico, which he said is because of lack of moral and ethics.
While commenting on the drug related violence on the northern borders ofMexico, His Holiness said those who consume drugs as well as others whobecome alcoholic show that something is lacking or missing inside amongthese people, which he said may be because of education and upbringing. Keeping these things in mind, His Holiness said, it is important to pay more attention to altruism and inner values.
After the conclusion of his address at the Monterrey event, His Holiness attended a brief press meet before he flew to Mexico City by a private plane.
In Mexico City, as soon as he arrived at the airport, His Holiness left straight to the Los Pinos, the Presidential Palace of Mexico, wherehe met with President Felipe Calderon and the First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderón. His Holiness spent around 45 minutes with PresidentCalderon. His Holiness was accompanied at the meeting by Mr. Chimme R Chhoekypa, Secretary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr. Lobsang Nyandak, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas, and Mr. Tsewang Phuntso, CTA’s Liaison Officer to Latin America, and Mr.Marco Antonio Karam, President of Casa Tibet Mexico.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama meets with members of the press in Mexico City on September 9, 2011. Photo/Yeonsuk Ka
After meeting with President Calderon, His Holiness left for Hotel Marquis Reforma, where he attended a press meet for 45 minutes and the press meet was attended by more than 400 media people.
Immediately after the press meet, His Holiness returned to his room,where he met with former President of Mexico, Mr. Vicente Fox, former First Lady Marta Sahagún de Fox, and their whole family members. Former First Lady Marta Sahagún de Fox met with His Holiness several times in the past both in Mexico and New York. President Vicente Fox has formally offered an invitation for His Holiness to visit his home state of Guanajuato and the Vicente Fox Center of Studies, Library and Museum some time next year. His Holiness agreed to return once again to Mexicoand visit Guanajuato Sate.
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.