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WORLD TIBET DAY – TIBET AWARENESS – TIBET EQUILIBRIUM

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WORLD TIBET DAY – TIBET AWARENESS – TIBET EQUILIBRIUM

Thursday, July 06, 2017, 82nd Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is observed as ‘World Tibet Day’ to promote Tibet Awareness.

World Tibet Day – Tibet Awareness – Tibet Equilibrium – Thursday, July 06, 2017, 82nd Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

I coined the phrase ‘Tibet Equilibrium’ to describe Natural Condition that restores Natural Freedom, Natural Order, Natural Balance of Power, and Natural Harmony in Occupied Tibet.

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World Tibet Day – Tibet Awareness – Tibet Equilibrium.

THE STATESMAN: DALAI LAMA’S 82nd BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED, TIBETANS SEEK TRUMP’S INTERVENTION

World Tibet Day – Tibet Awareness – Tibet Equilibrium

Clipped from: http://www.thestatesman.com/india/dalai-lama-s-82nd-birthday-celebrated-tibetans-seeks-trump-s-intervention-1499342813.html

World Tibet Day – Tibet Awareness – Tibet Equilibrium. 82nd Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on Thursday, July 06, 2017.

(Photo: AFP)

Thousands of Tibetans on Thursday morning joined in the 82nd birthday celebrations of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama here. On this occasion, the Tibetan cabinet urged US President Donald Trump to initiate steps to restart dialogue on Tibet’s future.

Large crowds donning traditional dresses began to assemble since morning at the Shiwatsel Phodrang complex on the city’s outskirts for the birthday celebrations.

“Special prayer sessions were held for the long life of His Holiness,” a Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) spokesperson told IANS.

The Dalai Lama, revered by the Tibetans as a “living god”, attended the prayers and blessed the gathering.

Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay also attended the celebrations, while his cabinet urged Trump to initiate steps for restarting the dialogue process on the future of Tibet.

“We also urge President Trump to support the middle-way approach and dialogue between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the representatives of the Chinese government,” said the cabinet in a statement.

Expressing gratitude to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for his support for dialogue, it said: “We also thank Terry Branstad, the US Ambassador to China, for calling on China to provide meaningful autonomy for Tibetans.”

The cabinet reiterated its commitment to “middle-way” approach as the mutually beneficial solution to resolving the long-standing issue of Tibet.

Meanwhile, officials of the Dalai Lama’s office said the spiritual leader would stay in Shiwatsel Phodrang in Leh till July 30.

During his visit, he would participate in religious ceremonies, conduct meditational retreat and deliver teachings at Diskit Monastery in the Nubra Valley, Padum in Zanskar area and the Shiwatsel teaching ground here.

The Dalai Lama’s sermons on ethics, non-violence, peace and religious harmony have made him one of the 20th century’s most revered spiritual leaders.

Born on July 6, 1935, at Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

He fled Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959 and has been based in India since then.

The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent campaign for democracy and freedom in his homeland. 

However, the Chinese view him as a hostile element bent on splitting Tibet from China.

India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans. The Tibetan government-in-exile is not recognized by any country.

World Tibet Day – Tibet Awareness – Tibet Equilibrium. Thursday, July 06, 2017.
World Tibet Day – Tibet Awareness – Tibet Equilibrium.

   

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HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA LIVES IN EXILE TO DEFEND FREEDOM IN TIBET

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HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA LIVES IN EXILE TO DEFEND FREEDOM IN TIBET

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Supreme Ruler of Tibet lives in exile to defend Freedom in Tibet. Potala Palace in Lhasa is witness to the long history of Tibetan Independence.

Since March 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Supreme Ruler of Tibet is living in exile not to defend his own life but to defend Freedom in Occupied Tibet. After 58 years of life in exile, Tibetans hope to restore Freedom, Peace, Justice in Tibet. Tibet’s military occupation since 1950 cannot obliterate the reality of long history of Tibetan Independence.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Arrives Safely in Tenzingang, Bomdila

April 4, 2017

By Staff Writer

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Supreme Ruler of Tibet lives in exile to defend Freedom in Tibet. He is on a visit to Tibetan Monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Tenzingang Tibetan settlement in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, 4 April 2017. Photo/Yasmina K.

Bomdila: The most revered spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived safely in Tenzingang Tibetan settlement, Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh today on 4 April 2017.

His Holiness was received by Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu, MLA, Japu Deru and Phurpa Tsering, West Kameng District Commissioner Dr Sonal Swaroop and former minister and National Convener of Core group for Tibetan cause-India, Mr. R K Khrimey and other important dignitaries.

Members of Tibetan community in Bomdila gave a rousing welcome to His Holiness as he arrived in his motorcade this afternoon.

Tomorrow, His Holiness will give a teaching and confer a White Tara Long Life Empowerment (drolkar tsewang) in the morning at the Buddha Park, Teaching in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh.

On 6 April, His Holiness will give teachings in Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh. His Holiness will give teachings on Geshe Langri Thangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind & Guru Yoga and confer the Avalokiteshvara Permission in the morning at Thupsung Dhargyeling Monastery.

From 8 – 10 April, His Holiness will confer teachings in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

On April 8 & 9 mornings, His Holiness will give teachings on Kamalashila’s The Middling States of Meditation & Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva at Yiga Choezin.

On April 10 morning, His Holiness will confer the Rigzin Dongdup Initiation at Yiga Choezin.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Supreme Ruler of Tibet lives in exile to defend Freedom in Tibet. He is on a visit to Tibetan Monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Local Tibetans in Bomdila organize a traditional welcome for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 4 April 2017.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Supreme Ruler of Tibet lives in exile to defend Freedom in Tibet. He is on a visit to Tibetan Monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Tibetans and ardent followers welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Tenzingang, Bomdila. Photo/Soulful tours

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Supreme Ruler of Tibet. Tibet’s military occupation cannot obliterate Tibet’s long history of Independence.

TIBET AWARENESS – SUPREME RULER OF TIBET FORCED TO LIVE IN EXILE

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TIBET AWARENESS – SUPREME RULER OF TIBET FORCED TO LIVE IN EXILE TO DEFEND FREEDOM. A GUARD OF HONOR BY ASSAM RIFLES, MARCH 31, 1959.

After Communist China’s military invasion of Tibet during 1950-51, both India and Tibet earnestly tried to resolve the crisis using peaceful negotiations. China took full military advantage of India’s inability to use military force to neutralize China’s Military Expansionism. India, and Tibet obtained limited assistance from the United States to counter China’s military conquest of Tibet. Futility of their efforts became apparent in March 1959 when China killed thousands of innocent Tibetan civilians who organized massive protest on 13th March to defend their Supreme Ruler.

TIBET AWARENESS – SUPREME RULER OF TIBET FORCED TO LIVE IN EXILE TO DEFEND FREEDOM. HIS HOLINESS THE 14th DALAI LAMA’S ARRIVAL IN INDIA ON MARCH 31, 1959.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Supreme Ruler of Tibet is currently visiting Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh. He had an emotional Reunion with Assam Rifles guard Naren Chandra Das on Sunday, April 02, in Guwahati.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

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Dalai Lama’s emotional reunion with guard who aided flight from Tibet

TIBET AWARENESS – SUPREME RULER OF TIBET FORCED TO LIVE IN EXILE TO DEFEND FREEDOM. DALAI LAMA’S REUNION.

Buddhist leader meets Naren Chandra Das 58 years after he escorted him in India after his escape from Chinese authorities

MICHAEL SAFI in Delhi

Monday 3 April 2017

The first time they met, Indian paramilitary guard Naren Chandra Das was ordered not to talk to the bespectacled young soldier he was escorting near the Chinese border in a top-secret mission.

Nearly 60 years later, Das was reunited with the Dalai Lama in an emotional ceremony that recalled the Buddhist leader’s escape from Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese authorities.

This time the Dalai Lama had the first word. “Looking at your face, I now realize I must be very old too,” he told Das, 79, at a ceremony on Sunday in the north-eastern city of Guwahati.

The ceremony is likely to fuel anger in Beijing over the Dalai Lama’s tour of north-east India, including Arunachal Pradesh, a border state with areas that China regards as its own territory.

TIBET AWARENESS – SUPREME RULER OF TIBET FORCED TO LIVE IN EXILE TO DEFEND FREEDOM. DALAI LAMA’S REUNION.

The Dalai Lama said: ‘Looking at your face, I now realize I must be very old too,’ on meeting Naren Chandra Das again. Photograph: Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images

It has warned India that the tour by the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing calls an “anti-China separatist”, will do serious damage to ties between the two Asian powers.

In Guwahati on Sunday the Dalai Lama – who denies seeking Tibetan independence – remembered the “warm-hearted” welcome he received in India after a 13-day trek through the Himalayas to escape the Chinese army.

“The days prior to my arrival in India were filled with tension and the only concern was safety, but I experienced freedom when I was received warm-heartedly by the people and officials and a new chapter began in my life,” he said.

The Dalai Lama fled his Lhasa palace in March 1959 when he was 23 after years of tension between Tibetans and the Chinese government erupted into popular rebellion.

Disguised as a Chinese soldier, he and members of his cabinet slipped out of the palace and trekked by night through mountains and across the 500-metre (1,640feet) Brahmaputra river to reach the Indian border.

TIBET AWARENESS – SUPREME RULER OF TIBET FORCED TO LIVE IN EXILE TO DEFEND FREEDOM.

The Dalai Lama and his escape party cross the Zsagola pass, in southern Tibet on 21 March 1959, while being pursued by Chinese military forces. The 23-year-old Dalai Lama is aboard the white horse. Photograph: HG/Associated Press

Until he appeared in India, some observers feared the Dalai Lama had been among the estimated 2,000 people killed when the Chinese crushed the uprising.

India offered him asylum and a home base in the hill town of Dharamsala, where he was permitted to set up a government-in-exile. About 80,000 Tibetan refugees soon joined him in the Himalayan town.

China argues the 1959 rebellion was the work of wealthy landowners bent on maintaining feudal rule, and that its “peaceful liberation” of the mountainous region has brought development and prosperity.

The Chinese foreign ministry on Monday reiterated its objection to the Dalai Lama’s tour of the border states, saying it was “resolutely opposed to any country’s support and facilitation for the 14th Dalai group’s anti-China separatist activities”.

Chinese anger over India’s role in sheltering the Dalai Lama was one of the factors that led to a brief war between the two countries in 1962. Cross-border incursions by Chinese troops are regularly reported and border areas of the state are highly militarized.

From the archive, 1 April 1959: Paratroops join hunt for Dalai Lama

Manchester Guardian, 1 April 1959: The Chinese were yesterday using planes and some fifty thousand troops to search the Tibetan mountain passes for the Dalai Lama

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Like past Indian leaders, the prime minister, Narendra Modi, has maintained an official policy of treating the Dalai Lama as an “honored guest” in the country, inviting him to meet the Indian president in December – another event that drew Chinese condemnation.

India and Tibet share close cultural and religious ties and the Dalai Lama has regularly affirmed India’s sovereignty over the entirety of Arunachal Pradesh, including areas the Chinese government labels “south Tibet”.

Tibet remains under the tight control of the Chinese government and possessing pictures of the Dalai Lama or his writings is illegal.

On Sunday, the Dalai Lama appeared to whisper something to Das as the pair embraced during ceremony. Asked afterwards what the Buddhist leader had told him, Das said: “He was happy to see me.”

TIBET AWARENESS – SUPREME RULER OF TIBET FORCED TO LIVE IN EXILE. DALAI LAMA’S REUNION.

14th DALAI LAMA VISITS MONGOLIA – BEIJING DOOMED

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14th DALAI LAMA IN MONGOLIA – BEIJING DOOMED.

In 1574, Mongol Emperor Altan Khan offered Sonam Gyatso,Tibetan High-ranking Lama, the title of ‘Dalai Lama’ which literally means ‘Ocean of Wisdom’. As the title was applied posthumously to two of his preceding Lamas, Sonam Gyatso became the Third Dalai Lama of Tibet. In 1588, he died while teaching in Mongolia. The Great Fifth Dalai Lama founded the Ganden Phodrang Government of Tibet in 1642. The successive Dalai Lamas have headed the Tibetan State for nearly four centuries.

 Dalai Lama preaches to Buddhist worshipers and monks at the Buyant Ukhaa sport complex in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 20 November 2016. The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader is on a four -day visit to Mongolia despite China's objection, testing Mongolia's ties with it neighbour.
Dalai Lama preaches to Buddhist worshipers and monks at the Buyant Ukhaa Sport Complex in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 20 November 2016. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled Buddhist leader is on a four day visit to Mongolia despite China’s objection, testing Mongolia’s ties with it neighbour.

The 14th Dalai Lama is on a four day visit to Mongolia despite Red China’s objections. His visit strengthens centuries-old Tibet-Mongolia Relations.

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12 QUOTES FROM THE DALAI LAMA – THE FIGHT AGAINST INNER ENEMY

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12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy

Indian Tradition describes Kaam (Lust), Krodh (Anger), Lobh (Miserliness), Moh (Infatuation), Mada(Arrogance), and Matsarya (Jealousy) as six Internal Enemies that steal, rob, and plunder man’s Peace of Mind and deny man experience of Happiness. To fight against External Enemy, man has to constantly prepare himself by fighting against Inner Enemy. With wisdom from Defender of the Earth, let us join hands to fight against our Enemies.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
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12 quotes from the Dalai Lama to make your day happier and calmer

As the Dalai Lama rings in the 82nd year of his life, let his inspirational words set your tone for the day.

HEMU GOEL

July 6, 2016 | UPDATED 12:52 IST

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

Known as Lhamo Thondup at birth, the 14th Dalai Lama was born on July 6, 1935, to a farming and horse-trading family in Amdo, Tibet.
When the search for the 14th Dalai Lama was on, among other omens the one that finalised the choice of the current Dalai Lama was when the head of the embalmed body of the 13th Dalai Lama turned from its original position to face the north-east, which was taken as a cue about the direction in which his successor would be found.

Though he was rechristened Tenzin Gyatso (short for Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, meaning Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom), it’s only when he turned 15 that he formally attained the position of the spiritual and political leader of Tibet.

The Dalai Lama’s struggle against the Chinese government has been inspirational. It’s his affable manner and his sense of optimism with which he manages to convey the message that continue to cement his position as one of the most popular religious leaders across the world.
On his 81st birthday, here are 12 quotes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, that will help you see things in a whole new light.

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

12 Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

Quotes From the Dalai Lama – The Fight Against Inner Enemy.

 

DALAI LAMA CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AT MUNDGOD, KARNATAKA

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Dalai Lama Celebrates 81st Birthday at Mundgod, Karnataka. This photo image was taken on December 08, 2015.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama turns 81 today and is celebrating his birthday at Mundgod, Karnataka. I spent about five weeks visiting Tibetan Camps at Bylekuppe, and Mundgod Karnataka during 1974. I was particularly impressed by the eagerness displayed by Tibetan children to defend their Right to Freedom.

Dalai Lama Celebrates 81st Birthday at Mundgod, Karnataka.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada

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Dalai Lama Says Youthful Appearance Comes From Peace of Mind

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Dalai Lama Celebrates 81st Birtday at Mundgod, Karnataka.
Dalai Lama Celebrates 81st Birthday at Mundgod, Karnataka.

The Dalai Lama turns 81 July 6. (IANS photo)

 DHARAMSALA :Eighty-one and still young. The Dalai Lama believes it’s to do with peace of mind.
Turning 81 on July 6, his age is no bar to campaign for global peace, happiness and, of course, saving the small blue planet from the effects of climate change.
His Holiness, an honorific given by his followers, starts his day as early as three in the morning with prayers and meditation, say his aides.

After that, he takes a short morning stroll in his official palace or even loves to trudge on a treadmill to stay fit.
“He attends his office from 12:30 p.m. until around 3.30 p.m. He normally retires in the evening by 7,” Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary at the Dalai Lama’s office, told IANS.
For breakfast, the Dalai Lama typically has hot porridge, tsampa (barley powder), bread with preserves, and tea. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.
Strictly vegetarian, the globetrotting Buddhist monk, known for wearing his trademark maroon robes, drinks a cup of tea at 5.30 p.m. He does not have dinner. Before retiring for the night, he prays and meditates for two hours.
Taklha says his daily schedule changes if he’s travelling out of Dharamsala, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile he once headed.
“When I was on my way to the US, at Heathrow airport, someone told me that although I’m now 81, my face looks only that of a 60-year-old and asked what’s the secret,” a post on his website quoting the Dalai Lama said.
“I first teasingly said ‘It’s my secret and I don’t want to tell you’, but then explained that it’s to do with having peace of mind,” the post added.
“I personally find analytical meditation more effective and more satisfying,” the elderly monk told US pop diva Lady Gaga in an interview for her Facebook live broadcast in the US last week.
At a public talk in the US last week, he jokingly said: “Sometimes I tease young women who go to such lengths to make themselves beautiful. But the important thing is that while it’s fine to look good, what’s even more important than external beauty is the inner beauty of having a warm heart.”

But the Dalai Lama, who chuckles throughout his talks and often slaps visitors on their back, says he gets angry too.
“You never stop getting angry about small things. In my case, it’s when my staff does something carelessly, then my voice goes high. But after a few minutes, it passes,” the high priest of Buddhism told Times magazine last year.
The Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, believes in the “middle-path” policy that demands “greater autonomy” for the Tibetans.
He’s viewed by the Chinese as a hostile element bent on splitting Tibet from China.
The office of the Dalai Lama, based in this north Indian hill station, said His Holiness would participate in the concluding ceremony of his yearlong 80th birthday celebrations in Mundgod in Karnataka on July 6.
The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since fleeing Tibet during a failed uprising in 1959.

Dalai Lama Celebrates 81st Birthday at Tibetan Colony, Mundgod 581411, Karwar District, Karnataka.

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WHAT IS HAPPINESS? SUNSHINE IN OCCUPIED TIBET

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What is Happiness? Sunshine in Occupied Tibet.

What is Happiness? Without access to Sunshine, can people of Occupied Tibet find Happiness in their Living Experience?

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
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OpEdNews Op Eds 6/22/2016 at 08:53:29 The Dalai Lama addresses joint session of California Legislature By SHAWN HAMILTON 

Note to Readers: The Dalai Lama isn’t always easy to understand due to his accent, and I hope this general overview helps people better appreciate the message he delivered to California’s top politicians. I have added brackets to indicate omissions or additions of words required to make the prose easily readable. In some cases I had to listen to a segment three or four times before I could determine a word). The Dalai Lama begins to speak about 15 minutes, 30 seconds into the video. Shawn Hamilton

What is Happiness? Sunshine in Occupied Tibet. The Dalai Lama greets members of Legislature, California Capitol, 20 June 2016.

The Dalai Lama greets members of legislature, California Capitol, 20 June 2016
(image by SHAWN HAMILTON )

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalia Lama, opened his June 20th address to the California legislature (15:30) acknowledging “respected leaders” and the general audience as “brothers and sisters”. He light-heartedly kidded the legislators about their official formality before presenting a major theme of his talk–that we should concern ourselves with the welfare the 7 billion member family called humanity. Mentally, emotionally, and physically, he said, we are all the same, and assuring others’ happiness is key to our own.
“Since we are social animals, the best way to take care of oneself [is to] take care of others. Others–community–is the basis of our own happy future,” he said. Throughout his talk, he stressed the common factor of the innate humanness behind people of all religions and ethnicities, indicating, specifically, various sects of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. “This religion, that religion,” he said. “It doesn’t matter.”

Dalai Lama, California capitol, 20 June 2016
Dalai Lama, California Capitol, 20 June 2016
(image by Shawn Hamilton )

Another of the Dalai Lama’s themes involved the importance of children feeling parental love after their birth, and he made an interesting, and perhaps controversial, observation. He pointed generally to the assembled legislators and said that many successful people pursue ambitions tenaciously to compensate for their inherent lack of security.

He said he’d talked with scientists who had demonstrated that compassion is the natural state of humankind. Anger, jealously, and the other “poisons”, as they’re referred to in certain Buddhist teachings, arise out of “disturbance[s] of mind” rather than being innate qualities of a healthy human being. It’s an important point. Anger and violence, greed, jealousy, etc. are not normal modes no matter how much we rationalize and justify the actions that spring from them.

This is a cause for hope, the Dalai Lama said, reminding us that happiness and peace are internal states, which external riches, titles, influence, etc. can’t ultimately provide. Again he seemed to subtly let some air out of some inflated legislative egos when he said that even homeless people can be happy if they are surrounded by a community of friends who care about them–“happier even than successful businessmen or politicians,” he said smiling. “My number one commitment is [the] promotion of human love and compassion, irrespective of whether someone is a believer or non-believer, or between this believer and that believer,” he said.

A particularly interesting part of his talk comes at about 29:15. He specifically defends Muslims, apparently trying to coax listeners out of their prejudices.

What is Happiness? Sunshine in Occupied Tibet.

Unthinkable! Using religion as an excuse for killing, Dalai Lama
(image by Shawn Hamilton )

“More than five decades I spent in India. In India you can see [different
types of] believers live together.” He admitted that occasionally there are some problems, but he said (with a twinkle in his eye) that it is understandable, considering there is over a billion people living there. There’s bound to be a few problems. “India’s not heaven,” he said. “It’s part of the world. Some mischievous people must be there.” He went on to make his larger point that religious harmony in India is generally pretty good.
“Indian Muslims [are] wonderful. It is wrong [to persecute Muslims]. We create some bad impression [that[ “Muslim” [and] “Islam” are “militant. I have a number of friends from the Muslim community. Wonderful people! All religious traditions have [the] same potential–to create a sensible human being, a compassionate human being,” he said.

The Dalai Lama also spoke about the importance of protecting the global environment. “This planet is the only place we can live happily, “breathe happily” he said, adding that the moon is beautiful but we can’t live there. Our only hope is to take care of Earth. “There’s no other choice except [to] fully protect our own home,” he said, taking the opportunity to say that those working for the benefit of the environment are engaged in something very important and necessary.

One controversial topic the Dalai Lama raised was gun control. “Real gun control must start here,” he said, pointing to his heart. He said that in order to demilitarize the world, there must be inner disarmament, an inner demilitarization. He cites anger and jealousy as examples of two internal causes of external violence. He showed a serious and firm side of himself when he mentions how people sometimes exploit religious faiths as a rationale for killing. “Unthinkable! “In the 20th century our way of thinking is [that] whenever we have some differences, some conflict, we always think [we
can] to solve this by force That way of thinking is out of date,” he said confidently. “In this century, any problem [has to be] solved through talk–meet[ing] face to face. Now some of these people who create some sort of problems–so-called terrorists–these [problems] also have to be solved through human contact. [Keeping a] distance and using force, I don’t think, is the proper solution. That’s my belief,” he said, adding, “It’s our problem and our responsibility. Make some contribution for a better world, a happier humanity.”

Shawn Hamilton is a reporter and teacher in California. He began his teaching career in Taiwan (ROC) in 1989 when large rallies were supporting the protesters at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.