Washington DC, USA, 11 July 2011 - On July 11 His Holiness left early in the morning for the Verizon Center to continue his preparatory rituals. Thereafter, he visited the offices of Radio Free Asia where he was received by its President Libby Liu and other senior officials.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama is greeted on his arrival at Radio Free Asia headquarters in Washington DC on July 11, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses staff members at Radio Free Asia headquarters in Washington DCon July 11, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
His Holiness then returned to the Verizon Center. In the afternoon, he addressed a meeting of representatives of communities that follow theTibetan Buddhist tradition.
For the last ten years leaders in the worldwide Tibetan Buddhist community have been discussing ways to work together more closely, sharing experiences and seeking common ground for the preservation of their unique cultural identities. With the encouragement of His Holiness, Buddhist leaders met in September 2010 in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, at the invitation of Khamba Lama Gabju Choijamts Dembreel, Abbot of the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery, to begin discussions intendedto lead to the formation of a permanent structure to preserve Tibetan Buddhist cultures and identity. The cultures and lands included stretchfrom the Tibetan plateau and entire Himalayan region to Mongolia, the Buddhist Russian republics, and to the lands where Tibetan Buddhist traditions have taken root in more recent times.
The Ulaan Baatar meeting was quickly followed by a second conference, held the following month in Atlanta, GA.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting representatives of Tibetan Buddhist communities after their meeting in Washington DC on July 11, 2011. Photo/Sonam Zoksang|
In his address to the group, His Holiness began by saying that many of the problems in today’s world are on account of a lack of moral principles. He added that it was worthwhile to promote these moral principles, which are connected to the basic human values.
His Holiness said that those people who prefer investigation rather than faith tend to show interest in Buddhism. Referring to the masters of the historical Nalanda monastery in India as professors, His Holinesssaid they favored investigation. His Holiness therefore felt that the Nalanda tradition, which Tibetan Buddhism follows, was of special significance at this point of time.
His Holiness said he normally made three distinctions when it came to Buddhism. First, is the subject of science that is touched in Buddhist scriptures. He said these should be considered science and not areligion. Secondly, there are issues like the concept of impermanence and interdependency, which involve philosophical viewpoints. These, he said should be considered as philosophy. The third distinction is Buddhist religion.
His Holiness said that when we discuss all these within the rubric of religion then it would be difficult to make the distinction. However, if we take up the issues separately then Buddhist science and Buddhist philosophy have universal relevance, he said.
His Holiness said that given the developments in Tibet and the Tibetan people, we depend on Mongolia to help preserve this Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His Holiness said that to do this there was the needof enthusiasm and for more meetings and discussions, like the one they are having today.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama leads the procession to decorate the Kalachakra mandala at the conclusion of preliminary teachings in Washington DC on July 11, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
Before returning to his hotel, His Holiness led the process of decorating the Kalachakra Mandala, which was completed today by monks ofNamgyal Monastery.
In the evening Special Envoy Lodi Gyari hosted a reception in honor of Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche. It was attended by serving and retiredAdministration officials as well as long term friends of the Tibetan people. The Gyalwa Karmapa also graced the occasion. The Special Envoythanked Prof. S. Rinpoche for his service and also introduced the KalonTripa-elect, Dr. Lobsang Sangay.