Blessings for Peace
A WORLD SANS MILITARY – DEMILITARIZE OCCUPIED TIBET
I recommend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vision for a demilitarized world. To implement his ideal, I ask the world to demilitarize ‘Occupied Tibet’. The Great Tibet Problem can be resolved without use of military force. Peace, Harmony, Tranquility, Equilibrium, and Freedom in Tibet is Nature’s Gift to all denizens of Tibetan Plateau.
LAMA: DALAI LAMA FOR A WORLD SANS MILITARY
VARANASI: Dalai Lama advocated for a demilitarized world and revival of ancient Indian knowledge for global peace.
“In all my life I have noticed too many killings. Human beings killing thousands of human beings has become normal. It is really terrible. We must change it. We must think or try to demilitarize the world,” he said while delivering his concluding remarks at the two-day international conference on ‘Mind in Indian philosophical school of thought and modern science’ at the Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies, Sarnath, on Sunday.
He said killing enemies was prevalent in ancient time but not in today’s world.
“There are a lot of self-created problems due to lack of knowledge on how to deal with destructive emotions. The ancient Indian knowledge is relevant to tackle our emotions,” he said.
REMEMBERING TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 – AND NOW THESE THREE REMAIN, FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE
I remember Tuesday morning September 11, 2001 when American Airlines Boeing 767 flight 11 plane crashed into North Tower of World Trade Center in New York City at 8.45 A.M. I was driving on south bound lanes of US 23 on my way to Ypsilanti City giving ride to a friend who was returning home after he finished his work in Plymouth City. I was listening to my car radio and the appearance of smoke at World Trade Center was immediately reported by the radio station and gave it undivided attention.
Now, these three things remain; 1. Faith, 2. Hope, and 3. Love.
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REMEMBERING 9/11, 16 YEARS LATER – BIOGRAPHY.COM
by MEREDITH WORTHEN
Clipped from: https://www.biography.com/news/911-anniversary-facts
At 8:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767, Flight 11, collided into the World Trade Center’s north tower in New York City immediately killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in the 110-story skyscraper. Only 18 minutes later, a second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175, flew into the south tower. Both towers afire, burning debris covered the surrounding buildings and the streets below while hundreds jumped from the towers to their deaths in an attempt to escape. About 30 minutes later, a third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the west side of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. and a fourth plane, United Flight 93, crash-landed into a field in Pennsylvania killing all 40 souls onboard. Meanwhile, both World Trade Center towers collapsed into a terrifying and deadly inferno of rubble.
The Presidents’ Responses
On September 11, 2001, sitting President George W. Bush addressed the nation with a formal statement, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” Eleven days later, the Office of Homeland Security in the White House coordinated a comprehensive national strategy to safeguard the country against terrorism and respond to future attacks. Operation Enduring Freedom, the American-led international effort to oust the Taliban, began on October 7, 2001. Although the Taliban was weakened, the war continued and Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, remained at large for nearly a decade.
On May 2, 2011, U.S. Special Forces SEAL Team Six invaded bin Laden’s fortress in Abbottabad, Pakistan and took down bin Laden. Sitting President Barack Obama stated, “The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda.” He added, “his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”
Immediately following this victory, in June 2011, Obama announced withdrawals of troops from Afghanistan. However, in August 2017, sitting President Donald Trump outlined a new plan to increase deployment of American troops into Afghanistan to continue to fight the Taliban.
At the hands of 19 militant terrorists associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda headed by Osama bin Laden, more than 3,000 people (including more than 400 police officers and firefighters) were killed and more than 10,000 others were wounded during the attacks on 9/11. It was the deadliest terrorist act in U.S. history and the most devastating foreign attack on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Survivors and family members of survivors have come forward with stories of bravery and triumph. Tens of thousands have suffered. The initial Victim Compensation Fund (in operation from December 2001 to June 2004) received 7,408 applications from 75 countries and made 5,560 awards totaling over $7 billion for both death (2,880) and personal injury (2,680) claims. Awards ranged from $500 to $8.6 million with an average award of $2,082,128, all tax-free.
On January 2, 2011, sitting President Barack Obama signed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 in honor of NYPD detective and first responder James Zadroga who died in 2006 from respiratory problems attributed to the inhalation of toxic dust from the World Trade Center disaster site. Also known as the “First Responders Bill,” this Act expanded the scope of the Victim Compensation Fund to include first responders and individuals who later experienced health problems related to 9/11. More than 20,000 claims have been processed since then and close to $3 billion in compensation for lost wages and other damages related to illness have been rendered.
While there are thousands of known victims and survivors, some remain unknown. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York has custody of 7,930 unidentified remains of those killed in the attacks. The remains are located in the World Trade Center Repository situated between the two footprints of the Twin Towers on the sacred ground of the World Trade Center site. There is a private Family Reflection Room that is not open to the public. Family members can also speak with World Trade Center anthropologists who can answer questions about the steps they are taking to identify the remains of 9/11 victims.
9/11: Remembrance and Memorials
September 11th is now known as “Patriot Day” in the United States and is observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Across the country, numerous events are held on this day to honor the loss of thousands of lives. There are also three somber and beautiful memorial sites dedicated to remembering the victims of 9/11:
• The Flight 93 National Memorial is located at the site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 about 2 miles north of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The memorial honors the 40 passengers and crew who died on 9/11. It features concrete walls outlining the Flight Path Walkway and a white marble Wall of Names. There are also plans to construct a 93-foot tower to designate the entrance of the Flight 93 National Memorial which will contain 40 wind chimes — one for each passenger and crew member who died.
• The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial located in Arlington, Virginia, honors the loss of 184 people who died on September 11, 2001. Each victim’s age and location at the time of the attack are inscribed into the Memorial starting from the youngest victim, three-year-old Dana Falkenberg, to the oldest, John D. Yamnicky, 71, a Navy veteran, both of whom were aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that morning.
• The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, a nonprofit in New York City, remembers and honors the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attacks as well as hundreds more who risked their lives to save others and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the attacks. It is located at the epicenter of Ground Zero at the World Trade Center site. The names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks are inscribed in bronze panels around two enormous memorial pools with waterfalls that stand in the footprints of where the twin towers once stood. A Callery pear tree that miraculously survived within the rubble of Ground Zero, now known as the “Survivor Tree,” stands tall and thriving nearby. A symbol of strength and resilience here and elsewhere, each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to communities that have endured tragedy.
TROUBLE IN TIBET – PROBLEM OF TIBETAN WELL-BEING
For there is ‘Trouble in Tibet’, I ask as to Who, When and Where will discuss Problem of Tibetan Well-Being. General discussions about Importance of Well-Being may have no material impact on Well-Being of Specific Communities who live under Occupation by repressive regimes. How to Deconstruct Red China’s Evil-Mindedness???
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Dalai Lama to discuss global well-being with experts at US meet today
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi Updated: Mar 09, 2016 12:50 IST
The Dalai Lama, who is a regular at the university, has espoused concepts such as secular ethics – which states that all humans, regardless of religion or background, should treat each other with compassion. (File photo/Reuters)
The Centre for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and a panel of experts at a live-streamed event aimed at promoting global well-being on Wednesday.
The event, The World We Make, will be held in the Capitol Theatre at the Overture Centre for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, at 1.30 pm central time. The panel, moderated by ABC News anchor Dan Harris, will focus on how the world will look if the concept of well-being is put into practice.
The event will be broadcast internationally through live streaming, thanks to a partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Mind and Life Institute.
“The science we are doing at UW–Madison is providing crucial evidence to support the idea that simple, secular mental practices can help people cultivate well-being,” says Davidson. “However, scientific research is not sufficient in itself. We need partnerships with global thought leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama to catalyse these conversations about well-being and inspire people to view it as a skill that can be learned.”
Concepts such as secular ethics — which states that all humans, regardless of religion or background, should treat each other with compassion — has been espoused by the Dalai Lama, who is a regular at the university.
The other panelists at the event include:
Richard Davidson: The founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, he is best known for his groundbreaking research on emotion and the human brain.
Sona Dimidjian: An associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, his research addresses issues regarding the treatment and prevention of depression – with emphasis on the mental health of women during pregnancy and postpartum.
Soma Stout: She is the executive external lead for health improvement of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the executive lead of 100 Million Healthier Lives, which brings together hundreds of partners across global communities to ensure healthier lives for over 100 million people by 2020.
Dan Harris: A correspondent of ABC News, he is the co-anchor for the weekend edition of ‘Good Morning America’, and a regular contributor to shows such as ‘Nightline’, ‘20/20’ and ‘World News Tonight’.
The sponsors of the event include PwC, a multinational professional services network; Steelcase, a professional firm; and ambassador sponsors Chade-Meng Tan, Jeffrey C Walker and Ready Set Productions.
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TROUBLE IN TIBET – COMFORT FROM HYDERABAD, INDIA
Trouble in Tibet; Comfort comes from Hyderabad, India. MIT’s Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values will open its South Asia Center in Hyderabad, India. Telengana IT Minister K T Ramarao made announcement granting site for opening of Center and the project is named “BUDDHA VANAM”(Buddha’s Garden).
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MIT’s Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative Values to open in Hyderabad
Wed, 2 Mar 2016-12:11pm , dna webdesk
Minister K T Rama Rao said that the government would give five acres of land for the Centre.
The renowned Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative Values which is based at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, is set to open its South Asia Centre in Hyderabad.
The director of the Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative Values Tenzin Priyadarshini informed the Telangana IT Minister K.T.Rama Rao and Tourism Minister A Chandulal about this development reports The Hindu.
The reason Hyderabad is chosen is because of the infrastructure and other facilities adds the report.
Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao thanked Tenzin Priyadarshini for this decision and spoke about Telangana’s connection with Buddhism. He reportedly said Telangana was the third biggest state in India to have historic Buddhist places of tourism like Nagarjunasagar which was a renowned centre for Buddhism. The Minister said he would discuss with the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao what support the government could extend for setting up the Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics and Transformative Values.
The daily adds that K T Rama Rao said that the government would give five acres of land for the centre. He also said an invitation would be extended to the Dalai Lama to lay the foundation for the Buddha Vanam project in Hyderabad.
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TROUBLE IN TIBET – NATIONAL PRAYER IN WASHINGTON D.C.
I share the sense of optimism expressed by the US President Barack Obama at National Prayer Breakfast Meeting held in Washington D.C. on Thursday, February 04, 2016. I thank President Obama for warmly greeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama who attended this National Prayer.
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Barack Obama greets Dalai Lama, upsets China – Times of India
Indiatimes|The Times of India|The Economic Times
BARACK OBAMA GREETS DALAI LAMA, UPSETS CHINA
US President Barack Obama has angered China after warmly acknowledging
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and calling him “a good friend” at a
national prayer breakfast in Washington, media reports said on Saturday.
IANS | Feb 6, 2016, 11.43 AM IST
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (File photo)
BEIJING/LONDON: US President Barack Obama has angered China after warmly
acknowledging Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and calling him “a
good friend” at a national prayer breakfast in Washington, media reports
said on Saturday.
Obama did not directly meet the Dalai Lama who was seated among the audience
at the annual White House National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, but bowed
to the Tibetan Buddhist leader and called him a “good friend”, The Guardian
The Dalai Lama is “a powerful example of what it means to practice
compassion and who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of
all human beings”, Obama said during his speech.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Friday said that Beijing is
“against foreign countries interfering in China’s domestic affairs under the
pretext of Tibet-related issues”.
“The Dalai Lama is seeking support from foreign counties to realise his
political end, but he cannot succeed,” Hong added, calling the spiritual
leader “a political exile who has long been engaged in anti-China separatist
activities under the pretext of religion”.
It was the first time Obama and the Dalai Lama were seen together in public.
Three previous encounters have been held behind closed doors relations with
China has long opposed any meetings between the Dalai Lama and foreign heads
of state. South Africa has refused three times to grant the Dalai Lama visas
to visit the country, including one to attend a summit of Nobel peace
laureates in October 2015.
In December, Pope Francis declined to meet with the Dalai Lama amid a push
by the Vatican to improve ties with Beijing.
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TIBET CONSCIOUSNESS – GREETINGS FOR LOSAR TASHI DELEK
On behalf of Special Frontier Force, I extend greetings for Losar ‘Tashi Delek’ and pledge to renew support to Tibetans to help them find Happiness in Tibetan New Year beginning on Monday, February 08, 2016.
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TIBET POST INTERNATIONAL
Saturday, 06 February 2016 09:51 Jane Cook, Tibet Post International
Minnesota, USA — The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama extended his warmest greetings to Tibetans in Tibet and in exile as well as friends and supporters world-wide for a meaningful Losar (Tibetan New Year) beginning February 8.
Speaking from the hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, United States, on on February 4, 2016, where he is undergoing precautionary prostate treatment, His Holiness offered a brief message on the occasion of the upcoming Tibetan New Year (Losar,
His message focused on expressing his appreciation to those who have sent prayers and well-wishes for his health and recovery, reassuring them: “And I want to tell you that I am doing very well. His Holiness also reassured friends and supporters that he is in good health and is being well looked after by hospital staff.
The treatment only takes a few minutes every day, but it will take time to complete the treatment. It’s nothing complicated, it’s not serious, there’s nothing to worry about.”
He continued that “it’s almost as if I’m taking a rest. I’m doing my daily recitations morning and evening and when there’s time I’m reading other scriptures… I want to tell you not to worry at all.”
He then went on to encourage us not to simply take the Tibetan New Year as an “opportunity to offer ‘che-ma’, drink ‘chang’, and gamble.” The meaning of ‘Tashi’ -as in the Tibetan greeting “tashi delek”- is:
If you create the causes of happiness, if you lead your life in benefiting others and not harming them, that’s a meaningful life, a life that has ‘tashi’. On that basis saying ‘Tashi Delek’ means ‘May you be happy in the here and now and, as we Buddhists say, may you finally achieve definite goodness.’
With that, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wished all a ‘Losar Tashi Delek’ and requested that all “please try to live up to what it means.”
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