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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama just wrapped up a busy four-day visit to Hawaii, kicking off a visit to the United States and Canada. During his stay in Hawaii, His Holiness’ visit touched on many familiar themes, including secular ethics and the importance of compassion and education. On April 15, His Holiness gave a sold-out public talk called “Advancing Peace Through the Power of Aloha.”
“We’re all human brothers and sisters. We’re all the same human being. Mentally, emotionally, physically, we are the same. So whenever I give a talk to people, I always feel I am just one of you. No differences. No barrier,” His Holiness told the audience of 9,000.
“I have been a few times here. This time having the opportunity meeting more people. Yesterday, children. I feel some sort of meaningful day. Now here a public talk. I am very happy. My friend, in his introduction, gave a clear explanation of the meaning of aloha. Now I learned some sort of deeper meaning of aloha. Very helpful. Thank you.
“Expressing the word aloha very easy. But implementing the real meaning of aloha not easy. …
“What is the real basis of inner peace? It’s warm heartedness. Once we develop warm heartedness, that means consider all others just like myself. Everyone has the right just like me to achieve happy life. With that kind of attitude, automatically develop respect.”
His Holiness also gave a talk for high school and college students called “Educating the Heart” as well as participating in a panel discussion on “The Importance of Native Intelligence in Modern Times.”
His Holiness’ visit to Hawaii launches a new initiative called “Pillars of Peace Hawaii: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha,” which seeks to promote the practice of peace in daily life. Hawaii is perhaps the most diverse state in the United States, with Asian Americans and multiracial Americans being the two largest ethic and racial groups in the island state, followed by whites and Native Hawaiians. Buddhists comprise 10 percent of Hawaii’s population.
His Holiness speaks next in San Diego, California. He then continues on to Los Angeles, Chicago and Ottawa, Canada.
On May 14, His Holiness travels to London where he will accept the prestigious Templeton Prize. His Holiness was award the prize in March in recognition of his “long-standing engagement with multiple dimensions of science and with people far beyond his own religious traditions [making him an] incomparable global voice for universal ethics, nonviolence, and harmony among world religions.” Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr., president and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, said, “The Dalai Lama offers a universal voice of compassion underpinned by a love and respect for spiritually relevant scientific research that centers on every single human being.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and FPMT fully support the activities and wishes of His Holiness. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised students to regularly recite the prayer “Remembering the Kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan People.” Mandala featured coverage of His Holiness and this prayer in our October-December 2011 issue.
With 160 centers, projects, and services around the globe, there is always news on FPMT activities, teachers and events. Mandala hopes to share as many of these timely stories as possible. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
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