Mexico City, Mexico, 10 September 2011—Before departing the hotel for Museum of (War Crimes) Memories and Tolerance, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with Senator Santiago Creel Miranda, whoearlier served as Minister of the Interior in the cabinet of President Vicente Fox, and his family members. In October 2004, when His Holiness visited Mexico, Senator Santiago Creel received His Holiness officially on behalf of the Mexico Government as Minister of the Interior.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with actor Richard Gere open the exhibition, ‘Tibet: Memories of a Lost Nation’ at the Museum of Memories and Tolerance in Mexico City, Mexico, on September 10, 2011. Photo/Yeonsuk Ka
At the Museum of Memories and Tolerance, His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with the actor Richard Gere opened an exhibition, ‘Tibet: Memories of a Lost Nation’. Five-room exhibits display not only the repression of the Tibetan people under China, but also highlight the timeline of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s life as well as display some aspects of the Tibetan Buddhist culture.
After opening the exhibition, His Holiness briefly spoke to more than 200 guests and media people presented at the opening ceremony of the exhibition. In his address, His Holiness thanked the management of the Museum for organizing the exhibition on Tibet and commented that these kinds of museums are so important to educate the people and create more awareness. After concluding his brief address, His Holiness signed the special visitors’ book of the museum.
From the Museum of Memories and Tolerance, His Holiness departed to Metropolitan Theater where he gave two sessions of teachings (morning and afternoon) to the Buddhist community of Mexico on‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’ composed by Geshe Langri Thangpa ((1054-1123).
His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his teachings at the Metropolitan Theater in Mexico City, Mexico, on September 10, 2011. Photo/Oscar Fernández/Casa Tibet Mexico
The first seven verses of the Eight Verses for Training the Mind deal with the practices associated with cultivating the method aspect of the path such as compassion, altruism, aspiration to attain buddhahood, and so on. The eighth verse deals with the practices that are directed toward cultivating the wisdom aspect of the path.
His Holiness was extremely impressed and touched by the amount of attention paid by the Mexican Buddhists throughout his day-long teaching. More than 3,500 people attended the teaching.
At the end of the teaching, the organizers of the visit and the teachings led by Marco Antonio Karam, President of the Casa Tibet Mexicoreceived a special blessing from His Holiness. This was followed by the recitation of special long life prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Spanish by the devotees who attended the teaching.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama being interviewed by Carlos Loret de Mola of Televisa News in Mexico City, Mexico, on September 10, 2011. Photo/Oscar Fernández/Casa Tibet Mexico
After the lunch break, His Holiness visited the studio of Televisa, a Mexican multimedia conglomerate, which is the largest mass media company in Latin America and in the Spanish-speaking world. At the Televisa studio, His Holiness gave an exclusive interviewto Carlos Loret de Mola, one of the most well-known Televisa News anchors.
When asked to comment on his observation on the situation in Mexico,His Holiness said although the media has been projecting so much violence in this country, one gets a real picture when you are on the spot. Just a handful of people engage in violence and the rest majorityof the people here are peaceful, he added. When asked to comment on Mexican people in general, His Holiness said Mexicans are very gentle and nice people. During the interview, His Holiness also explained hisMiddle-Way Approach to resolve the issue of Tibet as well as China’s approach.
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.