Tallinn, Estonia, 16 August 2011 (by Toomas Tiivel)- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama arrived in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia from France this afternoon. His Holiness will stay in Estonia for three days until the afternoon of 18 August, and the hosts for this visit are the Estonian Institute of Buddhism and the Riigikogu Tibet Support Group (Estonian Parliamentary group for Tibet). This is His Holiness' third visit to Estonia, the previous two visits having taken place in 1991 and 2001.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is met by members of the media on his arrival in Tallinn, Estonia, on 16 August2011. Photos/Jarek Jõepera/Office of Tibet, London
At the Tallinn Airport His Holiness was welcomed by the main organisers of this visit, the Director of the Estonian Institute of Buddhism Mr. Sven Grünberg and the leader of the Estonian Parliamentary group for Tibet MP Mr. Andres Herkel.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's first public engagement for this current visit to Estonia started with an audience at the conference center of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tallinn. There was a meeting of His Holiness and people from the Institute of Buddhism as well as guests invited by the Institute. All together there were more than 400 persons in the hall- politicians, ministers, members of Parliament, scholars from the Estonian universities, representatives of various non-governmental organisations, intellectuals as well as members of the different Buddhist groups in Estonia.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with 400 guests from the Estonian Institute of Buddhism in Tallinn, Estonia, on 16 August, 2011. Photo/Jarek Jõepera/Office of Tibet, London
Openingthe meeting, the Director of the Institute Mr. Sven Grünberg compared the event – His Holiness’ visit to Estonia with a miracle, although Buddhism does not recognise miracles. He said also that people 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 Institute – an umbrella in the national coloursof Estonia – blue, black and white.
In his speech His Holiness remembered with warm words his first two visits to Estonia and to other Baltic States 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 during his talk tomembers and guests of the Estonian Institute of Buddhism in Tallinn,Estonia, on 16 August, 2011. Photo/Jarek Jõepera/Office of Tibet, London
His Holiness told the large gathering that it was good to base our life on hope because no one can predict the future. He said if a person lost hope then many bad things can happen and this is why it is much better to remain hopeful and follow the path of peace and non-violence. “Only through cultivation of inner peace can we attain lasting and long-term peace in the world. All the religions and faith have the same potentialto promote peace,” His Holiness said, adding that “Religion must be the method to solve problems and not create problems”. There must be a freedom to believe and to practice your own religion and traditions. There have been very difficult times in Tibet for both Buddhism and the Buddhist. The Chinese see Buddhism in Tibet, where the majority of people are Buddhists, as an enemy for the Chinese state. Many original Buddhist texts are still forbidden in schools and universities.
Following the address, the Tibetan Nobel Peace Laureate also answered a series of questions from the audience ranging from his growing up in Tibet, the present situation there, his recent resignation from the postof the political leader of Tibet and how people from different countries can help the Tibetans. His Holiness told the supporters that he does not consider their support for the Tibetan people as being pro-Tibet or anti-Chinese but rather as pro-justice and pro-truth. People must be free inside, in their thoughts as well as beliefs.
His Holiness´schedule for the afternoon also included an interview for Estonian television channel Kanal 2.
The 26th January is Australia Day. On this day, citizenship ceremonies have traditionally been held all around Australia as part of the program of events where new Australia citizens feel very happy and proud to become an Australian.
Since the day I have set foot on Australian soil and became an Australia citizen, I've discovered that “Our land abounds in nature's gifts, Of beauty, rich and rare”, and very, very proud and identified with the notion of “With courage let us all combine, To advance Australia fair”, especially the Australian values that have been stated on the Affirmation –
As an Australian citizen,
I affirm my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect,
and whose laws I uphold and obey
A yellow-colored Buddhist temple adorned with flags and golden dragons on its pointed roofs in a quiet town outside Tokyo presents a stark contrast to the typically somber-looking Buddhist places of worship usually found in rural Japan.
But the steady stream of out-of-town weekend visitors and their nationality also set it apart, for the temple was built by and serves members of the large Vietnamese community in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, The Buddhist community is extremely upset by the inappropriate and disrespectful use of the image of Buddha, in a display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) entitled the 'Eternity-Buddha in Nirvana, the Dying Gaul, Farnese Hercules, Night, Day, Sartyr and Bacchante, Funerary Genius, Achilles, Persian Soldier Fighting, Dancing Faun, Crouching Aphrodite, Narcisse Couché, Othryades the Spartan Dying, the Fall of Icarus, A River, Milo of Croton'. It can also be seen at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/131149/
Although this display has been in place for some months, we have only just been made aware of its' existence. We are not usually outspoken, but this display desecrates the image of Buddha by placing images of these mythical images on him and in doing so, showing no apparent regard or respect for Him.
on the occasion of the 7th Buddhist Summit
I am very pleased to know from Ven. Chandaratana in France that the 7th Buddhist Summit will be held in November 2017 in Sri Lanka, one of the leading countries of Theravada Buddhism, for the purpose of exchanging views about the development of Buddhism around the world.
I also received the information that the World Buddhist Summit Organization in Japan had undertaken the enormous task to build up a Nalanda Buddhist University in Japan. This is a great act of merit and indeed good news not only for Japanese Buddhists, but also for Buddhists throughout the world.
On behalf of the Vietnamese Buddhists in Germany, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your great achievements and wish all participants of the 7th Buddhist Summit a successful conference and fruitful discussion. May we, Buddhists from the various traditions, always work together for the benefit of all sentien
The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism
By Sutra Translation Committee of USA/Canada
This is a revised and expanded edition of The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism. The text is a compendium of excerpts and quotations from some 350 works by monks, nuns, professors, scholars and other laypersons from nine different countries, in their own words or in translation. The editors have merely organized the material, adding a few connecting thoughts of their own for ease in reading.
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The OECD, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has ranked the 362 regions of its 34 member nations according to nine measures of well-being which include income and education. Each were given a score out of ten.
Australia led the world ranking with a tidy 76.5 out of 90, following by No
Australia is one of the largest countries in the world, and as a remote continent, is home to some of the most fascinating places, landscapes and animal species in the world. Travellers to Australia are wronging themselves severely if they stay in the cities and don't pack up and go striding (or driving) across the Australian outback. There is so much natural beauty to see, which compliments the beautiful Australian cities and culture. Let's take a little look at some of the places you will see as a visitor to this region.
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.