Archive for the ‘His Holiness the Dalai Lama’ Category

“We all have the same human mind—each and every one of us has the same potential. Our surroundings and so forth are important, but the nature of mind itself is more important… To live a happy and joyful life, we must take care of our minds.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama

At the heart of this book is The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel of the Oral Tradition, an accessible and nonsectarian treatise on penetrating the nature of mind by Khöntön Peljor Lhündrub, a teacher of the Fifth Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s broad-ranging overview of this work insightfully distills some of the most central themes of Buddhism: why the mind is so essential to the tradition, what distinguishes the levels of consciousness, and how different schools of Tibetan Buddhism elaborate those distinctions. Profound and erudite, it brings the reader closer to a fresh and direct experience of Buddhism’s central truths.

Along with his lucid translations, José Cabezón provides an introduction to the root text and presentations of the life and works of Khöntön Rinpoché, all richly annotated.

Click here to get your copy and a free download of Khonton Rinpoche’s text in Tibetan.

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From Shambhala SunSpace.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gets Shep Fairey’d for his birthday; Tibet in today’s news

Shepard Fairey — he of the ubiquitous Obama poster, the ubiquitous Obey Giant street-art campaign, and countless other works, has now portrayed the Dalai Lama in this new portrait, Compassion.

You may recall that Fairey recently portrayed Aung San Suu Kyi as well.

Created to celebrate His Holiness’s 75th birthday, Compassion is available from Fairey’s website, and net proceeds will be split between Tibet House and LA Friends of Tibet. (The Dalai Lama’s birthday is on July 6th.)

Of the piece, Fairey says:

“I’ve always had great admiration for His Holiness and his non-violent approach to the plight of the Tibetan people. When I was approached with the opportunity to work with this beautiful image as a sanctioned source and create a work that evokes the Dalai Lama’s presence as I feel it, I was thrilled. I hope His Holiness remains a presence of compassion in the world for many birthdays to come!”

For a whole lot more visit our friends at SunSpace.

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First Invite Love In is a beautiful collection of exercises inspired by the ancient meditative arts of Tibetan Buddhism. Tana Pesso and the Penor Rinpoche work together to create a guidebook for anyone who would like to live more compassionately, wisely, and with an open and inviting heart.

Moment by moment, thought by thought, step by step we can transform our minds through time-tested compassion practices, and ultimately create a garden of delight out of any life history or current circumstance, regardless of how traumatic or difficult. There are countless examples of people from all spiritual paths, faiths, and religions who have experienced terrible hardships or even themselves created hardships and suffering for others, who have turned their minds towards love and compassion and found peace and happiness.
First Invite Love In is a clear, practical handbook that will genuinely help anyone who reads it and follows its exercises. It is an especially important guide at a time when so many lack confidence about how to go beyond fear and uncertainty.” Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of Insight Meditation and author of Faith and Lovingkindness

“The short exercises presented here will benefit anyone who is able to practice them.” Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, holder of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage and author of Turning the Mind into an Ally

“A marvelous, practical book, unlike anything else out there—the ultimate ho-to manual for nurturing kindness and compassion. The authors’ enthusiasm for compassion is contagious!”—Deborah Schoeberlein, author of Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness

About the authors:

His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1932 in Eastern Tibet he was renowned by all as an exemplary master of the Tibetan tradition. He tirelessly taught devoted students around the world. He passed away in 2009.

Tana Pesso holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She lives in Rockport, MA.

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Mirror of Beryl: A Historical Introduction to Tibetan Medicine.

Composed while its author was the ruler of Tibet, Mirror of Beryl is a detailed account of the origins and history of medicine in Tibet through the end of the seventeenth century. Its author, Desi Sangyé Gyatso (1653-1705), was the heart disciple and political successor of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and the author of several highly regarded works on Tibetan medicine, including his Blue Beryl commentary on the foundational text of Tibetan medicine, Four Tantras. In the present historical introduction, Sangyé Gyatso traces the sources of influence on Tibetan medicine to classical India, China, Central Asia, and beyond, providing life stories, extensive references to earlier Tibetan works on medicine, and fascinating details about the Tibetan approach to healing. He also provides a commentary on the pratimoksha, bodhisattva, and tantric Buddhist vows. Desi Sangyé Gyatso’s Mirror of Beryl remains today an essential resource for students of medical science in Tibet. Mirror of Beryl is a fascinating and illuminating resource.

“Gavin Kilty is known to readers of The Library of Tibetan Classics as the translator of Khedrup Norsang Gyatso’s study of Kalacakra tantra. The present volume makes another highly significant contribution to our understanding of yet another domain of Tibetan knowledge, namely, the origin and development of the Tibetan health sciences. Desi Sangyé Gyatso, the author of the Mirror of Beryl, was the most powerful man in Central Tibet and had access to the very best library resources. His 1703 work is a tour de force, built as much on what earlier Tibetan scholars had written on the subject as on his immediate knowledge of the field. Gavin Kilty’s translation is as elegant and accurate as his earlier work and is a testimony to his fine understanding of the original Tibetan text. This is a truly wonderful book, one that I and others will no doubt consult with pleasure time and again for years to come.”—Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, Harvard University

Order your copy here.

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Young people can change the world: Dalai Lama by STEPHANIE GARDINER, AAP, November 30, 2009

Sydney, Australia — The Dalai Lama has called on young people to work to make the world a better place. All individuals can make a change, he says.

The Buddhist spiritual leader is giving talks in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart focusing on the power of the individual and how to face up to future challenges, such as climate change and overpopulation.
The visit marks 20 years since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

At a press conference in Sydney on Monday, he said young people must make the most of the 21st century.

“You are the main generation to utilise the 21st century,” he said.

“And also in your hands (is) a better world, or miserable world at the end of this century.”

The main theme of his tour is the need to develop both individual and universal responsibility to tackle climate change and other future challenges.He said he was encouraged that governments around the world were taking climate change seriously.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

For more from His Holiness on climate change check out A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency.

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A guest post by Wisdom editor David Kittelstrom.

The first Theravada bhikkhuni (nun) ordination in Australia, and the first in the Thai Forest Tradition anywhere in the world, was performed in Bodhinyana Monastery in Western Australia on October 22nd. Four nuns from the nearby Dhammasara Nuns Monastery took ordination: Vayama, Nirodha, Seri, and Hassapañña. The second half of the ordination ceremony was performed by  Ajahn Brahm—the abbot of Bodhinyana—along with other monks from the monastery.

Many feel reestablishing the full ordination of nuns, which was first established by the Buddha himself  is vital for ensuring the respect and vitality of the Buddhist Sangha in the modern world and accords with the essential message of the Buddha. As with monks, well-trained and observant nuns are a wonderful field of merit, wonderful exemplars, and a wonderful source of teachings for all who seek to live life according to the Dharma, and seeds of peace for the world as a whole.

While the Chinese tradition has preserved female ordination, the lineage died out in the Tibetan and Theravada traditions. In recent years, women within these traditions have been taking full ordination nonetheless, but the practice has not yet been endorsed by a consensus of senior lineage holders, the resistance coming primarily from older monks in Asia. The Dalai Lama has been vocal in his support and an important international conference to advance the issue was held in Hamburg, Germany in 2007. Proceedings from this conference will appear soon in Wisdom’s forthcoming book Dignity and Discipline: Reviving Full Ordination for Buddhist Nuns.

The  ordination drew a severe reaction from conservative lineage holders in Thailand. The monks of the Ajahn Chah tradition headed at Wat Pa Pong complained that they had not been consulted and called Ajahn Brahm to a meeting in Northeast Thailand this past Sunday, November 1st, where they voted to expel him from the Wat Pa Pong community.

Ajahn Sujato, another central figure in the ceremony, has been posting regular updates on his blog as events unfold. Ajahn Brahm’s comments from the time of the ordination can be heard here. There is also apparently a group on Facebook with lively discussion of the event and its ramifications.

Karma Lekshe Tsomo, a Buddhist nun and a professor of Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, says in Dignity and Discipline, “Just as countries who refuse women the right to vote are considered backward today, Buddhists will certainly go down on the wrong side of history if they deny fundamental rights and freedoms to women…Recognizing full ordination for women is not only a matter of social justice, it is also simply a matter of common sense.”

Dignity and Discipline goes into these issues in great detail. I would highly suggest reading it when it comes out. The analyses of scripture presented in that book would indicate that the means exist to pursue bhikkhuni ordination in keeping with the Vinaya,  but that what is missing is the will to do so.

For photo’s from the event click here.

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Wisdom is excited to announce that we are a corporate sponsor of the PBS presentation of Vajra Sky Over Tibet. The award-winning documentary is currently available to be shown on more than 120 public television stations reaching more than half of all potential television viewers in North America.

Vajra Sky Over Tibet is a visually spectacular cinematic pilgrimage bearing witness to the indomitable faith of Tibet’s endangered Buddhist community and the imminent threat to its very survival. With unprecedented access to many legendary venues, this is one of the rare documentaries to be filmed entirely inside of Tibet.

Below you will find our sponsorship video spot and listing of scheduled show times and stations.

Market / Station                                    Day / Time

San Francisco/KQED                       11/26 at 8am and 11am / Thursday

Boston/WGBH                                    10/25 at 5:30pm / Sunday

Atlanta/GPB*                                      10/23 at 12:30am / FriSeattle/KCTS                                      11/1 at 10:30pm / Sunday

Miami/WLRN                                       10/7 and 10/11 at 9pm / Weds & Sun

Cleveland/WVIZ                                 10/4 at 6:30pm / Sunday

Raleigh/UNC-TV*                              finding a timeslot

Salt Lake City/KUED                        11/28 at 8pm / Sat

South Carolina/SCETV*                   11/22 at 7:30pm / Sun

Grand Rapids/WGVU2                      10/11 at 9:30pm / Sun

Albuquerque/KNME                           11/18 at 9pm / Weds

Louisville/KET*                                    10/23 at 2am and 10/25 at 3am /Fri & Sun

Evansville/WNIN                                 10/22 at 8pm / Thurs

Burlington/VPT*                                  10/4 at 4:30pm / Sun

East Lansing/WKAR                           11/12 at 8pm / Thurs

Bangor/MPBN*                                    10/14 at 9:30pm / Weds

NOTE: * indicates statewide networks

For more on the film click here.

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Recently Tana Pesso, author of the exciting forthcoming title, First Invite Love In (His Holiness Penor Rinpoche is also a contributor) was featured in the Gloucester Daily Times for practicing what she teaches.

Rescuing ‘Miss Biz’ Missing Shih Tzu puppy retrieved from marsh

By Jonathan L’Ecuyer
Staff Writer

ROCKPORT — A dog-lover and the author of an upcoming book about the Buddhist notion of compassion endured hours of torrential downpours and waist-high mud at Mill Pond early Saturday morning — all to rescue a Shih Tzu puppy named Miss Biz who went missing last Tuesday.

The 9-pound puppy captured the hearts of many in the community after she escaped from the home of caretaker Betty Alaimo of Jewett Street, and was reported missing last Tuesday afternoon.

Alaimo and her friend Colleen Magrath spent hours hanging posters and making phone calls last week, efforts that drew a great deal of attention to the missing canine and inspired many in the community to help — and not because they wanted the $1,000 reward.

Town Hall employee Mary Bourguignon was “really instrumental” in the search, said Magrath. Bourgignon called all the local veterinary clinics and animal shelters in the first hours after the dog went missing, but to no avail.

Then, at 2 a.m. Saturday, some 31/2 days after Miss Biz disappeared, something in the swamp behind Tana Pesso’s Mill Lane house awoke the senses of her two dogs.

“They started barking and barking,” Pesso said yesterday. “I woke up and heard this barking from the marsh behind my house.”

Pesso quickly realized the barking was not coming from her dogs, both of which she rescued.

You can read the whole article here.

And find out more about First Invite Love In here.

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This picture is from The Christian Science Monitor’s photos of the day. Its the “Dalai Latte” and it was prepared and served in the hotel that hosted  His Holiness during his visit to Taiwan. Its the work of a very clever and skilled barista.

And now for something wise from His Holiness. The Middle Way is a brilliant explanation of the relationship between the four noble truths, the twelve links of dependent origination, and Nagarjuna.

Check it out here.

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Here is a recent video from the BBC documenting His Holiness’s visit to Taiwan.

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