Dalai Lama in Chicago 2012 ( April ), including live streaming of Nobel Laureate conference
Keywords : Global humanitarian ethics, Nobel Laureates, HH the Dalai Lama, interfaith dialogue, Chicago Illinois, Tibet Center Chicago.
Summary : HH the Dalai Lama is visiting Chicago this week. The recorded proceedings will be available on TV in early May.
Summit in Chicago, IL, USA on April 25: His Holiness will participate in the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Contact Website: www.nobelsummitchicago.org
Public Talk in Chicago, IL, USA on April 26: His Holiness will give a public talk on Non-Violence organized by the TIBETcenter Chicago at the Gentile Arena in Loyola University. Contact Website: www.tibetcenterchicago.org
Interfaith Dialogue in Chicago, IL, USA on April 26: His Holiness will participate in an interfaith dialogue and collaboration preceded by conferral of an Honorary Degree on HHDL organized by Loyola University. Contact Website: www.luc.edu
From a Dalai Lama conference site:
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
"His Holiness has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists.
"Since 1959, His Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness has also authored more than 72 books."
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Scholastic is hosting a micro site that will broadcast the 2012 Summit via a live web stream April 23-25. Please visit www.scholastic.com/speakupspeakout/ to view the live broadcast and download curriculum materials.
HH the Dalai Lama:
“Never give up.
No matter what is going on.
Never give up.
Develop the heart.
Not just to your friends but to everyone.
Work for peace in your heart and in the world.
Work for peace and I say again:
Never give up.
No matter what is happening.
No matter what is going on around you.
Never give up.”
"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life."
"We are all brothers and sisters with the same mental and physical capacities, the same problems and the same needs. We must all contribute to the fulfillment of the human potential and the improvement of the quality of life as much as we are able. We are also being drawn together by the grave problems we face; over population, dwindling natural resources and an environmental crisis that threatens our air, water and trees, along with the vast number of beautiful life forms that are the very foundation of existence on this small planet we share.
"I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family or nation but for the benefit of all mankind. Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources and through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment."
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
[ June 2008 - Sydney, Australia ]
All Our Relations. Mitakuye Oyasin.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the pivotal figures of our time. He is, more than anyone else that can be presently named, a world citizen and world teacher.
His work in ethics, human rights,world peace, psychology and education, Buddhist teaching and East West relations, is second to none in our generation.
In addition to a Nobel Peace Prize and the US Congressional Gold Medal, HH the Dalai Lama has received scores of honorary Doctorates ( in Laws, Philosophy, Human Letters, Divinity, Buddhist Philosophy, and so forth ) from major teaching centers worldwide. These include Columba, Brandeis, Universite de Paris, Benaras Hindu University, Hebrew University Jerusalem, U California San Francisco, and Rissho University Tokyo. He is an honorary citizen of Canada, of Roma Italia and so forth.
He speaks worldwide and has published more than seventy two books.
He is one of the most respected and revered persons on the the planet. On one visit to New York City some years back, forty thousand people turned out to see the Dalai Lama in the park.
When the Dalai Lama gives the Highest Yoga Tantra initiation ( abhisekha ) of Kalacakra, the attendees sometimes number 100,000 or even 200,000. HH the Dalai Lama has given this initiation thirty times in different parts of the world. In addition to being a master of the Great Seal ( Mahamudra ) lineage of Buddhist tantra, he also gives initiations of the Great Perfection ( Mahasandhi, Atiyoga ), for example in London, in San Francisco, and Paris.
You can see him this year at public talks in several areas, such as Hawaii, California, Illinois, Europe, and India. A current schedule is provided below.
I have seen HH the Dalai Lama give extremely worthwhile empowerments in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and represented him to the State Legislature of Hawaii in 1993, where he was invited to give a talk, and did. I have listened carefully to him conferencing with Hawaiian elders in public and was struck by the care and attention he gave in listening to others, and in asking questions.
HH the Dalai Lama has written extremely important books on psychology and ethics, and I recommend these to the general public for self-help purposes, and also recommend some of his books to those committed to public service, especially in the area of multiculturalism, international human rights work, and the international Green Party movement.
Because of the profound confluence of modern events, global economics, environmental issues and human cultures, the importance of broader and deeper human co-operation becomes ever greater.
To obtain a broader and clearer understanding and principles for working with these issues, studying the secular works of the Dalai Lama is of great value.
Similarly, His Holiness is one of the few people who can and does speak for the diverse Buddhist populations and traditions worldwide. He has taught senior Japanese tantric Buddhist gurus of the Shingon lineage in their country, for instance. His Holiness is a paragon of the Buddhist renunciate order ( bhiksu-sangha ), of Buddhist scholarship, and of the Mahayana Great Way lineages, all of which are profoundly universal.
This teacher is one of our very very best, be you a psychologist or academic, a diplomat, a tantric yogi, or a Buddhist practitioner. He has completely revolutionized Buddhist teaching, parts of popular modern culture, the understanding of international diplomacy and so forth in our lifetime.
This is someone who actually embodies many of the key principles of the United Nations treaties on human rights, and also the key Buddhist Mahayana principles and teachings. It is important to note that the Mahayana Buddhist principles and the principles of the UN human rights work are essentially identical. There are universal principles that take us all forward, individually and together. In Buddhist Sanskrit these terms are, for instance pratitya-samutpada and karma. Now you know.
The final point I wish to put forward to all is this: the Dalai Lama believes in all of us as people who *already* have sensitive human hearts that can be educated and developed, and he shows all of us a very real and practical way forward, a way based on self-understanding, listening and mutual respect, and patient co-operation.
You could do worse, and please remember that due to impermanence, this master teacher will not live forever. It is not clear how anyone anywhere can replace him.
I see no real alternative to respect and co-operation for the common good, because we are one world. For this broader and deeper reason, and not specifically because he is a Buddhist guru, I support this teacher. He was not allowed by their government to attend a recent peace conference in South Africa, but he is available to you, and he is here for All Our Relations. May he live long and may his brilliant consciousness reach many many more.
KT, Rio Earth Summit Green Party organizer and so forth
HH Dalai Lama 2012 schedule
Some of the following materials are taken from
Published books and multimedia materials are available at libraries throughout the world, and from Snow Lion Publications at
From the official web site:
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
“His Holiness has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists.
“Since 1959 His Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness has also authored more than 72 books.
“His Holiness describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk.”
“Three Main Commitments in Life
“Firstly, on the level of a human being, His Holiness first commitment is the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. All human beings are the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who do not believe in religion recognize the importance of these human values in making their life happier. His Holiness refers to these human values as secular ethics. He remains committed to talk about the importance of these human values and share them with everyone he meets.
“Secondly, on the level of a religious practitioner, His Holiness second commitment is the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world's major religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognize the value of each other's respective traditions. As far as one truth, one religion is concerned, this is relevant on an individual level. However, for the community at large, several truths, several religions are necessary.
“Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and carries the name of the Dalai Lama. Tibetans place their trust in him. Therefore, his third commitment is to the Tibetan issue. His Holiness has a responsibility to act as the free spokesperson of the Tibetans in their struggle for justice. As far as this third commitment is concerned, it will cease to exist once a mutually beneficial solution is reached between the Tibetans and Chinese.
However, His Holiness will carry on with the first two commitments till his last breath.”
2nd Annual Interfaith Heroes Month Hero No. 3: The Dalai Lama
THE 14th DALAI LAMA
"EACH RELIGION HAS certain unique ideas or techniques, and learning about them can only enrich one’s own faith."
Tenzin Gyatso was born in a rural village in Tibet. Following the practices of Tibetan Buddhism he was recognized as the 14th reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are believed to be the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara (also known as Chenrezig), the Bodhisattva or “enlightened being” of compassion and the patron saint of Tibet.
As the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso began his monastic education at the age of 6. He received his doctorate in Buddhist philosophy at 23, but prior to completing his education, politics intervened to shape his life in a dramatic fashion.
In October, 1950, China invaded Tibet, and the next month the Dalai Lama assumed full political power in the Tibetan government where the Dalai Lama has traditionally been the absolute ruler.
He initially sought to work within the Chinese Communist system. Then in 1959 there was a failed uprising by Tibetans that prompted the Dalai Lama to flee to India and set up a government in exile. Tens of thousands of Tibetans followed him into exile, leaving Tibet for India and other parts of the world.
In exile the Dalai Lama began a thorough overhaul of the Tibetan political system. He abandoned the traditional heavy-handed feudalistic system and established democratic reforms in both the government-in-exile and in the plans for a constitution for a free Tibet. He sought nonviolent means for liberating Tibet, offering a peace proposal including negotiations with China. Those efforts were recognized with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
In 2008 in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics, another uprising and violent repression in Tibet focused world attention on the situation in that mountainous region. Shortly after the crisis initial contacts were made between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government to open new negotiations to resolve the status of Tibet, though once again Tibetan hopes and dreams were frustrated when the talks failed to achieve any political change.
His political efforts might seem enough to consume a lifetime, but the Dalai Lama has also emerged as a leader in global interfaith efforts. In articulating his three major commitments, his first is the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. His second is to harmony and understanding among the world’s religious traditions. The third commitment is to the people of Tibet as their Dalai Lama.
In pursuit of religious harmony he has met repeatedly with other global religious figures such as the Catholic Popes Paul VI and John Paul II and the Chief Rabbi of Israel as well as senior Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Eastern Orthodox leaders. He sees the exchange of ideas and feelings between leaders of different religions as a way to “open the door to a progressive pacification between people.”
The Dalai Lama is more than the formal head of a major religious group appearing in global religious congresses. He has gotten directly involved in the organizing and planning of such events. This direct involvement in interreligious affairs and events has led to many deep interpersonal relationships with people of other faiths. Those close to him have testified about his impact in their lives. Working with other contemplatives of different religions in the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, the Dalai Lama helped produce the Universal Declaration on Nonviolence. At the World Congress of Faith he said, “Each religion has certain unique ideas or techniques, and learning about them can only enrich one’s own faith.”
Through his relationships with so many religious leaders the Dalai Lama may have enriched his own faith, but countless people of other religions bear witness about how he has enriched their faith, as well.
Some brief individual quotations from HH the Dalai Lama:
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
Self-discipline, although difficult, and not always easy while combating negative emotions, should be a defensive measure. At least we will be able to prevent the advent of negative conduct dominated by negative emotion. That is 'shila', or moral ethics. Once we develop this by familiarizing ourselves with it, along with mindfulness and conscientiousness, eventually that pattern and way of life will become a part of our own life.
In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged.
It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
When we are young and again when we are old, we depend heavily on the affection of others. Between these stages we usually feel that we can do everything without help from others and that other people's affection is simply not important. But at this stage I think it is very important to keep deep human affection.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, "I am of no value", is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought - so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
[ end informal quotations attributed to the Dalai Lama ]
"A greater human family " : Recent Dalai Lama quotations and major Dalai Lama book on ethics and human community.
I begin with some recent ( 2012 ) Dalai Lama quotations from his official Facebook web page, and then introduce a newer, major Dalai Lama book on ethics and human community.
You have been helped.
And big thanks to EvelynG. for the Amazon review.
May All Beings Benefit!
The following official Dalai Lama quotations are from
The quality of everything we do: our physical actions, our verbal actions, and even our mental actions, depends on our motivation. That's why it's important for us to examine our motivation in our day to day life. If we cultivate respect for others and our motivation is sincere, if we develop a genuine concern for others’ well-being, then all our actions will be positive.
It is important that when pursing our own self-interest we should be “wise selfish” and not “foolish selfish”. Being foolish selfish means pursuing our own interests in a narrow, shortsighted way. Being wise selfish means taking a broader view and recognizing that our own long-term individual interest lies in the welfare of everyone. Being wise selfish means being compassionate.
Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.
Recognizing our shared humanity and our biological nature as beings whose happiness is dependent on others, we learn to open our hearts, and in so doing we gain a sense of purpose and a sense of connection with those around us.
Our world and our lives have become increasingly interdependent, so when our neighbour is harmed, it affects us too. Therefore we have to abandon outdated notions of “them” and “us” and think of our world much more in terms of a great “US”, a greater human family.
I really feel that some people neglect and overlook compassion because they associate it with religion. Of course, everyone is free to choose whether they pay religion any regard, but to neglect compassion is a mistake because it is the source of our own well-being.
The human capacity to care for others isn’t something trivial or something to be taken for granted. Rather, it is something we should cherish. Compassion is a marvel of human nature, a precious inner resource, and the foundation of our well-being and the harmony of our societies. If we seek happiness for ourselves, we should practice compassion: and if we seek happiness for others, we should also practice compassion.
If each of us can learn to relate to each other more out of compassion, with a sense of connection to each other and a deep recognition of our common humanity, and more important, to teach this to our children, I believe that this can go a long way in reducing many of the conflicts and problems that we see today.
I have great hopes that the world may become a better, more peaceful, more equitable place in the twenty-first century. From my own experience, at 16 I lost my freedom, at 24 I lost my country and for the last more than 50 years have faced all sorts of problems, but I have never given up hope. We have a Tibetan saying, ‘Nine times fall down, Nine times pick yourself up.’
The creation of a more peaceful and happier society has to begin from the level of the individual, and from there it can expand to one's family, to one's neighborhood, to one's community and so on.
"In his new book 'Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World' His Holiness the Dalai Lama argues that religion is not a necessity for pursuing a spiritual life. Rather he proposes a system of secular ethics that transcends religion as a way to recognize our common humanity and so contributes to a global human community based on understanding and mutual respect."
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World [Paperback]
H.H. Dalai Lama (Author), Alexander Norman (Contributor)
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (November 6, 2012)
About the Author
Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He is the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Human Rights Award, the Albert Schweitzer Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Nobel Peace Prize.
"An impressive guide for teaching religious tolerance and respect to readers of all ages."
"This wise, humane book, an original work rather than a collection of talks, is an incisive statement of His Holiness’s thinking on ways to bring peace to a suffering world. "
--Publishers Weekly --
A new secular approach to universal ethics
amazon Book Review October 9, 2011
By Evelyn A. Getchell TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE™ VOICE
"Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World is the latest written contribution of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in his efforts for building a more compassionate and peaceful world. An awareness of the fundamental interconnectedness between ourselves as individuals and the societies to which we belong is his major theme.
"His Holiness begins by explaining that secular religion is no longer providing a moral compass for the world, that it is no longer adequate as a basis for ethics. For one thing, many people in the world no longer practice any form of religion. Furthermore, as people of the world become more interconnected in an age of globalization and multicultural societies, ethics based on religion would only appeal to some but would not be meaningful for all.
"He recognizes that the ultimate source of our global problems lies at the level of the individual. If the individual lacks inner moral values and integrity, no system of laws and regulations will be adequate or effective. Likewise, any religion-based answer to the problem of neglected inner moral values can never be universal, and so will be inadequate. What His Holiness suggests in Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World is an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be acceptable to everybody-those individuals of faith and those without- a new secular approach to universal ethics that gives a tolerant respect to religion.
"His Holiness explains that ethical conduct does not require adherence to religion provided one realizes every individual's right to be happy and free of suffering. He reminds us that everybody desires happiness but only those who manage to achieve inner peace can truly find happiness. He points out that happiness is easier to attain when we show compassion to others, just as we are made happy when compassion is shown to us.
"His Holiness dedicates an entire chapter to Compassion, the Foundation of Well-Being. In it he explains that many people mistakenly assume that compassion is a religious practice when it is in fact not so. It is true that compassion is central to the ethical teachings of all the major religious traditions, but in itself it is not a religious value. When compassion arises in us, it shifts our focus away from our own narrow self absorption.
"It opens an inner door, reduces our fear, boosts our confidence, and brings us inner strength. By reducing distrust of others, it opens our hearts to them and brings us a sense of connection, a sense of purpose, a sense of meaning in our life. When our motivation is pure and genuinely directed toward the benefit of others, our actions will naturally be ethically sound. Compassion is therefore the core principle of secular ethics.
"On the global scale, this book is very consistent with other social sciences dealing with the complexity of an inter-connected world and clearly addresses the urgent need for major world powers to understand that our existing life styles are unsustainable, unaffordable and nothing short of suicidal as the planet is being destroyed. For a secular ethical approach to be truly meaningful, we must of course care about our planet and share a principle of global responsibility, including creating a safer world free of violence, terrorism, destruction and war.
"Part II of Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World concerns EDUCATING THE HEART THROUGH TRAINING THE MIND. Sections outlining practical applications of the Dalai Lama's ethical views include: "Ethical Mindfulness in Everyday Life," "Dealing with Destructive Emotions," "Cultivating Key Inner Values," and "Meditation as Mental Cultivation."
"It is hard not to love the Dalai Lama, a true pillar of peace and compassion. This book is excellent and I am so happy that His Holiness has made this splendid, lucid contribution to a new system of ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. It is slow reading in its profundity and even though he is a holy man of religion, his approach is primarily scientific and ethical rather than philosophical and religious. I am afraid however that the most likely readers of this book will be those who need his advice the least and those who need his advice the most are those the least likely to read it.
"Nevertheless, it is not His Holiness's intention to make new Buddhists with this book but to show us how to adapt our own beliefs, values, religious traditions, and spiritual practices into a mindful effort to live our life to the fullest and to treat others in the world around us with dignity and respect, thereby enriching our individual life and the global human community."