His Holiness talks about how to develop peace in the world. He cites the nuclear arms race and the cold war as a form of peace generated through fear. He offers the alternative, stating that “Genuine peace must come through inner peace,” which comes about through love and compassion, rather than peace brought on through fear of retaliation.
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To give a background on the required qualifications of a person giving the initiation and the qualifications of someone taking the initiation, this following description is from His Holiness’ website:
Practice of the Kalachakra tantra, like all Buddhist tantric systems, is based on first receiving the proper initiations. For the initiations to be properly given and received it is necessary that both the guru and the disciple have certain qualifications. The qualifications of the Mantrayana guru are described by Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen as follows: “He should have control over his body, speech, and mind. He should be very intelligent, patient, and undeceitful. He should know the mantras and tantras, understand reality, and be competent in composing and explaining texts”. We are very fortunate that such gurus can be found even now.
The disciple should have experience of the three principal aspects of the Mahayana path: renunciation of samsara, bodhichitta, and understanding of emptiness. If the disciple has not actually experienced these, he or she should at least have intellectual familiarity with them and admiration for them.
The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is one of my most favorite mind training texts ever.
The first time I heard about this text, was when Venerable Thubten Chodron recounted the first time she read The Wheel of Sharp Weapons. It was in the 1970’s and she was in Nepal attending a buddhist course at Kopan Monastery. At the time she wasn’t a nun yet, and had contracted some sort of disease that drove up a burning fever with horrendous intestinal problems. She was bedridden, with nothing else to do but read.
What she read was the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, and it had a profound effect on turning her mind towards the dharma. Continue reading
For those that missed it or were there and want to see hear the teachings again, here are the recordings for the preliminary teachings before the Kalachakra.
One of the things I love about His Holiness’ teachings are when the different Buddhist traditions recite sutras before the teachings. I had a recording of these on my iPod and I would listen to it on some mornings, and chills would run down my spine. Continue reading
A visitor stopped by the site today and kindly informed us that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving a teaching at the University of Minnesota this weekend. A very special thanks to Chris at City Pages, they were really proactive in getting in contact with us about this. Thank you very much for letting us know!
The dates are as follows:
May 7, 2011, Saturday: 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, and resumes from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.
May 8, 2011, Sunday: 9.00 AM -11:30 AM
Since it’s in Minnesota, I’m assuming it’s Central Time, U.S.
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This is one of my favorite buddhist documentaries of all time.
It involves Tenzin Zopa (now Geshe Zopa, the spiritual center director of Lozang Dragpa Center, Malaysia), the attendent and pupil of Lama Konchog. Lama Konchog was a well known teacher and yogi who used to meditate in caves for years, engaging in very strict ascetic practices like not eating any food and drinking only water, and not sleeping so he could meditate day and night to attain enlightenment. Continue reading
A short clip from the film Dalai Lama Renaissance (narrated by Harrison Ford). His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about inner peace, happiness, god, money and everything else within a few short soundbytes