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His Holiness talks peace, love and compassion in Louisville
by Elisabeth The Tibet Post International ( News [at] thetibetpost.com )
Thursday May 23rd, 2013 10:08 AM
Dharamshala: -His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet met with Vietnamese Buddhists, middle and high school students and the top official in Louisville, before ending his two week US tour.
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The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists met a group of Vietnamese Buddhists at the Kentucky Center for Arts in Louisville, where the Heart Sutra in Vietnamese chanted.

"Let's begin with your reciting the Heart Sutra in Vietnamese," His Holiness said. "While you do that visualize the Buddha in the space in front of you surrounded by Indian teachers like Nagarjuna and Asanga, and those who brought Buddhism to Vietnam. And remember how the Buddha practised for aeons to show us that through a combination of the awakening mind of bodhichitta and the wisdom understanding emptiness, we too can attain enlightenment."

His Holiness was impressed by the way Vietnames keep up their language, Buddhist traditions and monastic robes. He remarked that Tibetans too are trying to preserve their culture and religion in the face of adversity.

A question was asked about how His Holiness imagines freedom coming about in Tibet and he replied that although they don't seek outright independence, Tibetans have their own language and culture, as well as a fragile environment, to protect, something best done by Tibetans themselves. And for that they need genuine autonomy.

His Holiness reminded the audience about the fact that material development may be much advanced but that it will not necessarily bring more inner peace. On the contrary, it often tends to bring more greed and competitiveness.

The spiriutal leader also spoke in positive words about having respect for the Buddha's teachings, other religious traditions and the way how Vietnamese keep up their language and Buddhist traditions.

After the spiritual event with the Vietnames group, His Holiness spoke to a group of middle and high school students, followed by a meeting with Greg Fisher, the Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky and his team.

It is a misconception, the Nobel peace laureate said, that love and compassion are values that only belong to religion. "Not only should we not think that human values are confined to religious practice, it would be a mistake to think that compassion only benefits other people, but brings us no reward. My mother was consistently kind and compassionate to others, despite being illiterate and uneducated, and she was also consistently happy. Later, when I came to engage in Buddhist training in compassion, I found it easier because of the seeds of compassion my mother had sown in me."

He made them remember that all humans are like brothers and sisters and that it can help to remind yourself that we are all human beings when confronted with negative behaviour.

"If someone behaves negatively towards you, it can be very helpful to remember that they are human beings like you. It's also helpful to remember to distinguish between an action and the person who does it," he said.

We can prevent others from harming us by taking measures preferably with a calm mind as anger disturbs our ability to reason properly. He continued that the practise of compassion and forgiveness gives one great inner strength. By using your intelligence you can reinforce your sense of compassion, a quality that is not a sign of weakness.

"If you need to take counter measures to prevent someone doing harm, it is always better to do it with a calm rather than an agitated mind. If we act out of anger, the best part of our brain fails to function properly. Remember, compassion is not a sign of weakness," he added.

His Holiness answered some questions asked by the students. "I have some regret that at an age that was an ideal time to study I played instead. That time is gone and I regret losing it. When I was younger I loved gardening. I also used to love toys that moved. I'd play with them for a while and then would open them up to see how they worked. In a similar spirit, I looked at the moon through my telescope and seeing the shadows of the mountains realised they were caused by sunlight and that the moon had no light of its own. This was the beginning of my interest in science, which I have encouraged Tibetans to share. Last year, our Tibetan monasteries in India formally decided to incorporate science into their study programs."told the students.

His Holiness talked about how the American youth can develop a calm mind. His Holiness said that "what they need to do is tackle their disturbing emotions, adding that if their basic mental state is calm it's easier to deal with eruptions of anger. He recommended that corresponding to physical hygiene we should encourage the adoption of mental or emotional hygiene. When we have a calm mind we have less fear, anger and suspicion. One way to achieve this is to pay attention to our breath, by mindfully counting 20 inhalations and exhalations. That will reduce our tendency to anger."

One thing is that we could pay full attention to our breath for 20 in- and exhalations to tackle disturbing emotions like anger. By reintroducing a sense of human values we can also reduce destructive emotions.

During his meeting with Greg Fisher and his team, His Holiness emphasized that whatever you do it is your motivation that is vital. He commended Fisher for his initiatives towards compassion for the city and suggested that under his leadership it should be possible to promote human values under the banner of secular ethics.

Students and teachers expressed their gratitude to His Holiness for coming, one of them telling him, "You remind us of the goodness within us."

His Holiness also met with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz before the start of his teaching at the Yum Center in the city.

His Holiness returned to his exile home town of Dharamshala on Thursday after a historical 16-day visit to the United States. Members of the Tibetan community and other devotees in the Himalayan town offered His Holiness a traditional welcome on his arrival.
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by Elisabeth The Tibet Post International Thursday May 23rd, 2013 10:08 AM
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Some of the over 2,500 middle and high school students , wearing ceremonial Tibetan scarves as a offering to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at the Kentucky Center for Arts in Louisville, Kentucky on May 21, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL
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by Elisabeth The Tibet Post International Thursday May 23rd, 2013 10:08 AM
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to organizers and volunteers from Drepung Gomang Institute at the conclusion of his three day visit to Louisville, Kentucky on May 21, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL
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by Elisabeth The Tibet Post International Thursday May 23rd, 2013 10:08 AM

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to a group of Tibetans from the Louisville area before his teaching in Louisville, Kentucky on May 20, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

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by Anti-Fascist
Friday May 24th, 2013 8:16 AM
Oil rich Tibet has been part of China for over 700 years and will be so forever. The Dalai Lama is a CIA agent and friend of old Nazis being used to promote anti-Chinese hatred to divide and conquer mineral rich China for the profits of the capitalist class, in particular, US imperialism. China's life expectancy went from age 35 at the time of the 1949 revolution to 75 today, and is far better off than its almost equally heavily populated neighbor, India. The capitalist private profit system is always a disaster for the workingclass and humanity in general, and its efforts to destroy China must be opposed everywhere.

Oil in Tibet: "The Tibet Card" by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, 3/27/08 at
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8462
(Oil, gold, uranium and copper in Tibet)
AND
Alexander’s Gas and Oil Connections, 11/11/04, “Qiangtang Basin in Tibet estimated to Hold Oil and Gas Reserves
http://www.gasandoil.com/goc/news/nts44532.htm

Dalai Lama and the Nazis:
http://www.newspiritualbible.com/index2
Nazi Bruno Beger:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Beger
Nazi Heinrich Harrer:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Harrer

The Making of Modern Tibet by A. Tom Grunfeld (1996) ISBN 1-56324-714-3.

When the Serfs Stood Up in Tibet by Anna Louise Strong (1959, 2008)
http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/strong-anna-louise/1959/tibet/index.htm

Statement Opposing Anti-China Campaign, 4/8/08
http://www.pslweb.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8917&news_iv_ctrl=1040

"China, Tibet and US sponsored counterrevolution" of 4/1/08, at
http://www.pslweb.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8845&news_iv_ctrl=1261

Truth about demonstrations in Tibet:
http://www.anti-cnn.com/

“Behind the Anti-China Olympics Campaign” by Gary Wilson, 3/27/08:
http://www.anti-cnn.com/forum/en/thread-50-1-1.html

“Reporters Without Borders Unmasked” by Diana Barahona, 5/17/05, Counterpunch:
http://www.counterpunch.org/barahona05172005.html

Tibet, the ‘Great Game” and the CIA” by Richard Bennett, 3/25/08, at:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8442

"China, Tibet and the Propaganda Olympics" by William Blum in 3/29-30/08 Counterpunch at:
http://www.counterpunch.org/blum03292008.html

"Democratic Imperialism:" Tibet, China and the National Endowment for Democracy by Michael Barker, 8/13/07 at:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6530

"Human Rights and Media Manipulation" by Michael Barker, 3/29/08 at
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8465

"Hijacking Human Rights" by Michael Barker, 8/3/07 at
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=80&ItemID=13436

"The Myths of 'Democracy Assistance'" US Political Intervention in Post-Soviet Eastern Europe" (on CIA-National Endowment for Democracy) by Gerald Sussman, Monthly Review, Dec 2006 at http://www.monthlyreview.org/1206sussman.php

"Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth" by Michael Parenti, January 2007 at:
http://www.michaelparenti.org/Tibet.html

"The CIA's Secret War in Tibet" by Paul Salopek, 1/6/97 at
http://www.timbomb.net/buddha/archive/msg00087.html

"The Dalai Lama, Slick Denials and the CIA” by Loren Coleman from Popular Alienation: A Steamshovel Press Reader at
http://www.umsl.edu/~thomaskp/dalai.htm

Tibet—Its Ownership and Human Rights Situation, Table of Contents, at:
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/china/whitepaper/blstibet92.htm?terms=Tibet

Ownership of Tibet (For over 700 years, Tibet is part of China; Dalai Lama Lhamo Toinzhub,)
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/china/whitepaper/blstibet9202.htm

Feudal Serfdom in Old Tibet:
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/china/whitepaper/blstibet9205.htm?once=true&;

The Dalai Clique’s Separatist Activities and the Central Government Policy:
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/china/whitepaper/blstibet9204.htm

Origins of So-Called “Tibetan Independence:”
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/china/whitepaper/blstibet9203.htm

Economic Development and Improvement of Living Standards:
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/china/whitepaper/blstibet9208.htm

Development of Education and Culture:
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/china/whitepaper/blstibet9210.htm

People’s Health and Demographic Growth: (Lifespan was 36 years in old Tibet):
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/china/whitepaper/blstibet9211.htm
which states, among other things:
"On the question of the size of the Tibetan population, the Dalai clique has spread many rumors. The most sensational was that more than 1.2 million people were killed after the peaceful liberation of Tibet. In 1953, the Tibetan local government under the Dalai Lama reported the population stood at 1 million people. If 1.2 million inhabitants had been massacred, it would have been a case of genocide and certainly the population in Tibet could not have increased to the present 2 million."

Special State Aid for Tibet’s Development:
http://chineseculture.about.com/library/china/whitepaper/blstibet9213.htm