The Art of Happiness – Link

January 28, 2006

According to the Dalai Lama, the purpose of
our existence is to seek happiness.

http://www.theartofhappiness.com/

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living was a groundbreaking collaboration between H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, and Howard C. Cutler, M.D., a Phoenix-based psychiatrist. Beginning with a small first printing in 1998 the book rapidly spread by word of mouth to become a classic manual on human happiness. The book remained on The New York Times bestseller list for almost two years, and has become a source of help and inspiration to millions of readers throughout the world. Responding to the requests by readers, the Dalai Lama and Dr. Cutler followed this book with another volume in 2003, their second New York Times bestseller, titled The Art of Happiness at Work.

Drawing upon 2500 years of Buddhist wisdom, combined with the latest findings of modern science, and mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, these remarkable volumes offer a practical approach to human happiness—a rational approach that can be practiced by individuals from any background, tradition, or religion.

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Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Wheel

December 29, 2005

Prayerwh

Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum, invites the blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.

They also believe you can produce the same effect by spinning the written form of the mantra around in a prayer wheel (called “Mani wheels” by the Tibetans). The effect is said to be multiplied when more copies of the mantra are included, and spinning the Mani wheels faster increases the benefit as well. 

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, has said that having the mantra on your computer works the same as a traditional Mani wheel. As the digital image spins around on your hard drive, it sends the peaceful prayer of compassion to all directions and purifies the area. Animated images like this one are digital Mani wheels.

http://www.dharma-haven.org/tibetan/digital-wheels.htm


Dalai lama urges Christians not to convert to Buddhism

December 21, 2005

By Fran Race, ekklescia, Nov 21, 2005 Edinburgh, Scotland —

From ‘The BuddhistChannel.tv’
The Dalai Lama has urged Christians not to convert to Buddhism. The controversial words were spoken by the spiritual leader of Tibet and the leader of the Tibetan Government in Exile at a conference entitled “Ethics for a New Millennium” in Edinburgh, Scotland this weekend.

Instead, the Dalai Lama urged Western Christians and Muslims embrace the teachings of compassion and peace that can be found in their own religious traditions.

“All major religions carry the same messages. Messages of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. I have Muslim friends, Christian friends. All have these same values.”

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet, but has lived in exile for nearly 50 years since his homeland was invaded by China.

Despite the continued use of violence against his people by the Chinese he has inspired the hearts and minds of many across the world with his teachings of non-violence and compassion.

For his tireless work to promote human rights and peace he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1989.

As part of his address he urged the USA and Britain to take a “firm stand” with China regarding democracy, freedom of speech and human rights.

These words come days after British Prime Minister Tony Blair engaged in discussions with Chinese President Hu Jintao, and at a time when US President George Bush is in Beijing.

Proposals to increase trade with China has been met with fierce opposition by both human rights and free Tibet protestors.


Are all religions the same?

December 20, 2005

by R. Dissa, London, UK, The Buddhist Channel, Dec 18, 2005

I am addressing Visakha Kawasaki’s (All religions are not the same,
Nov 27
) discomfort about the Dalai Lama urging Christians and Muslims
not to convert but to stick to their own path. Visakha disagrees
with the Dalai Lama because as far as she is concerned, alternatives
to Buddhism do not necessarily teach good conduct of body, speech and
mind to the same high standard as she perceives Buddhism to teach
them.
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Reminder, HHDL on ABC TV Tonight

December 20, 2005

Programming Reminder !!

ABC NEWS SPECIAL

Air Date: 12/20/05 (TUESDAY)
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: “A BARBARA WALTERS SPECIAL: HEAVEN — WHERE IS IT? HOW DO WE GET THERE?”

ABC NEWS PRESENTS A BARBARA WALTERS SPECIAL: “HEAVEN — WHERE IS IT? HOW DO WE GET THERE??

Is Heaven Somewhere out There Beyond the Stars? Barbara Walters Takes Viewers on a Heavenly Journey, Tuesday, December 20 on ABC

Walters Speaks with Everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Failed Suicide Bombers in Israel, from an Evangelical Leader to Atheists, From Muslim Scholars to Jewish Rabbis, as Well as with Richard Gere, Maria Shriver, Mitch Albom and Rabbi Jackie Mason

Story on ‘the Futon Critic’

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on ABC TV 12/20/05

December 15, 2005

Programming Alert!!

ABC NEWS SPECIAL

Air Date: 12/20/05 (TUESDAY)
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: “A BARBARA WALTERS SPECIAL: HEAVEN — WHERE IS IT? HOW DO WE GET THERE?”

ABC NEWS PRESENTS A BARBARA WALTERS SPECIAL: “HEAVEN — WHERE IS IT? HOW DO WE GET THERE??

Is Heaven Somewhere out There Beyond the Stars? Barbara Walters Takes Viewers on a Heavenly Journey, Tuesday, December 20 on ABC

Walters Speaks with Everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Failed Suicide Bombers in Israel, from an Evangelical Leader to Atheists, From Muslim Scholars to Jewish Rabbis, as Well as with Richard Gere, Maria Shriver, Mitch Albom and Rabbi Jackie Mason

Story on ‘the Futon Critic’

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Los Angeles, 2006

December 14, 2005

HHDLVenerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen and the students of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Center in Long Beach, California, are greatly honored and deeply pleased to be hosting His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama on September 12, 13, and 14, 2006 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

This year’s teachings, while open to everyone interested, will be focused toward practicing students of Buddhism. Our time with the Dalai Lama will be divided into one day of teaching and two days of initiation. On the first day His Holiness will teach from Arya Nagarjuna’s splendid and concise text Jangchup Semdre, Commentary on Bodhicitta (mind of enlightenment). In the subsequent two days, His Holiness will confer an initiation entitled “The 16 Drops of the Kadampas”.

http://tdling.com/HHDL-LA/