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Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Part I.

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For those who are interested in Buddhism but who don't know much about it.

This will help them to become familiar with the most important teachings of the Buddha and to begin to form a picture of the roots of Tibetan Buddhism.

His Holiness has chosen a theme for the occasion that can be understood by those who are interested in Buddhism but who don't know much about it so that they may receive teachings from the original, pure source. This will help them to become familiar with the most important teachings of the Buddha and to begin to form a picture of the roots of Tibetan Buddhism. 


His Holiness the Dalai Lama is revered by the Buddhists as a Buddha. In their view, he is an enlightened holy man, a prominent spiritual master of our age, the keeper and realizer of the highest teachings of the Inner Way. Through his boundless love and compassion he has a direct, intimate and deep relationship with the powers of nature which function in us externally and internally (body, mind and soul).

When the Dalai Lama teaches, he uses the Enlightened Universal Mind of Wisdom. This is why he is able to appeal personally to each of his listeners, in the most appropriate way according to our personal abilities. Whoever listens to his Holiness' words carefully (not only with his/her mind, but with an open heart too) receives the opportunity and power to gain deep realizations about himself/herself and the world and in that holy state he/she will be able to re-establish his/her life on a new, more fruitful basis. Being a Buddhist is not a precondition of this. Each of us can interpret and use the Dalai Lama's instructions which reveal the deepest universal human values, beyond religion, in accordance with our own spiritual and religious practice.


Dalai Lama Blesses a Child When His Holiness gives a blessing he becomes one with his innermost nature which is the Buddha of Love and Compassion of whom he is the manifestation. In this state of endless love and compassion he can have a very positive effect upon the souls of those who accept his love with genuine openness and devotion. His Holiness' mind and the participants' open heart can merge in the experience of the deepest certainty, freedom and happiness. Some may have a powerful experience, some may receive simplicity and calmness. All participants receive the blessing independent of their feelings. Many people receive deep realizations and, as a result, are able to see themselves and their lives more clearly.

Independent of the experiences during the blessing, such an intimate meeting with His Holiness leaves a permanent and deep imprint at the deepest, most unconscious, basic level in our mind. This is the core of our enlightenment whose effects will evolve in the near or distant future. This is like planting a seed that will germinate and bear fruit. We carry this seed from one life to another and in the end it leads us to the fulfillment of perfect happiness, freedom, love and wisdom which is the realization of our innermost real nature.

The blessing has a universal nature: everybody is able to receive it independent of religion and ideology. It calls forth the universal humanity within us at the innermost, deepest level. It awakens and strengthens our most basic nature which is unconditional goodness and genuine humanity.

Geshe Langri Thangpa

With a determinations to achieve the highest aim
For the benefit of all sentient beings
Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem,
May I hold them dear at all times.
Whenever I interact with someone,
May I view myself as the lowest amongst all,
And, from the very depths of my heart,
Respectfully hold others as superior.
In all my deeds may I probe into my mind,
And as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise-
As they endanger myself and others-
May I strongly confront them and avert them.
When I see beings of unpleasant character
Oppressed by strong negativity and suffering,
May I hold them dear-for they are rare to find-
As if I have discovered a jewel treasure!
When others, out of jealousy
Treat me wrongly with abuse, slander, and scorn,
May I take upon myself the defeat
And offer to others the victory.
When someone whom I have helped,
Or in whom I have placed great hopes,
Mistreats me in extremely hurtful ways,
May I regard him still as my precious teacher.
In brief, may I offer benefit and joy
To all my mothers, both directly and indirectly,
May I quietly take upon myself
All hurts and pains of my mothers.
May all this remain undefiled
By the stains of the eight mundane concerns;
And may I, recognizing all things as illusion,
Devoid of clinging, be released from bondage.

The first seven verses of the Eight Verses for Training the Mind deal with the practices associated with cultivating the method aspect of the path such as compassion, altruism, aspiration to attain Buddhahood, and so on. The eighth verse deals with the practices that are directed toward cultivating the wisdom aspect of the path. 

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Dalai LamaDalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was born on July 6th 1935 to a peasant family in the Tibetan village of Takster. His given name was Lhamo Dhondrup. At the age of two, on the basis of prophecies, he was recognised as the 14th reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and was brought to Lhasa.

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