The Kalachakra for World Peace with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington, D.C.

"HHDL addresses the audience during celebrations in honor of his 76th birthday held in Washington DC on July 6th." Photo by Tenzin Choejor for the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Tricycle – Awake in the World has info about how to watch live online, Shambhala Sun Space has links to various articles about the event and His Holiness, and The Washington Post‘s On Faith is doing a lot about it all over the next ten days. Check it all out.

Happy Birthday, Your Holiness…

Via the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition:

OM SVASTI
O our gurus, and your line of lamas, for whom we have the deepest gratitude,
You who are the repository of the three: secret powers of body, speech, and mind of innumerable buddhas,
Who manifest in a miraculous way to each devotee according to his capacity,
To you, who are the wish-fulfilling gems, the source of all virtues and good qualities,
We offer our prayers with intense devotion
That our protector of the great Land of Snows,
Tenzin Gyatso, upholder of the Dharma, the great ocean,
May live for a hundred eons.
Pour on him your blessings
That his aspirations may be fulfilled.

The dharmadhatu, the inexpressible reality that pervades all things like the heavens,
Immaculate, full of great bliss and transcendental wisdom,
Manifests like a cloud the numberless abodes of the higher divinities,
The mandalas of the heavenly beings.
To all the higher forms of the divine ones, the yidams,
We offer our prayers with intense devotion
That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the great Land of Snows,
May live for a hundred eons.
Pour on him your blessings
That his aspirations may be fulfilled.

O you numberless buddhas of the past, present, and future
Who are the masters of the ten powers and teachers of the gods,
Whose attributes of perfection, free from defilements and born of realization
Are the source of the buddha-activity
That appears for all time in the ocean of the suffering of the world
For the sake of all sentient beings —
To you we offer our prayers with intense devotion
That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the great Land of Snows,
May live for a hundred eons.
Pour on him your blessings
That his aspirations may be fulfilled.

O sacred Dharmas of the three yanas,
Which liberate us from the sufferings of the three worlds,
Supremely calm, the jewel treasure of the fully enlightened ones,
Without impurities, unchanging, eternally good, the peak of virtues,
To you we offer our prayers with intense devotion
That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the great Land of Snows,
May live for a hundred eons.
Pour on him your blessings
That his aspirations may be fulfilled.

O all you arya Sangha, awakened and unsullied,
Of highest valour in conquering the suffering of the wheel of life
With the transcendental wisdom that directly intuits the deeper truth,
Never departing from the indestructible vajra abode of nirvana -
To you we offer our prayers with intense devotion
That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the great Land of Snows,
May live for a hundred eons.
Pour on him your blessings
That his aspirations may be fulfilled.

O you dakas and dakinis, heavenly beings of the three worlds,
Who appear in the highest paradises, the sacred places, the cremation grounds,
Who have innumerable experiences of the bliss of the void,
Supporting the yogis in their meditation on the excellent path,
To you all we offer our prayers with intense devotion
That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the great Land of Snows,
May live for a hundred eons.
Pour on him your blessings
That his aspirations may be fulfilled.

To the ocean of guardians of the teaching, who possess the eye of transcendental wisdom,
Carrying on their matted locks the knot
Symbolic of the vows they made to Vajradhara Buddha,
The powerful ones who protect the teaching and the upholders of the Dharma -
We offer you our prayers with intense devotion
That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the great Land of Snows,
May live for a hundred eons.
Pour on him your blessings
That his aspirations may be fulfilled.

To all you guileless ones, in whom we take the excellent refuge,
We pray with intense devotion, humbly, from our very heart,
That by the strength of these verses
Ngawang Losang Tenzin Gyatso,
He who has power over speech, the kindly one,
Upholder of the Dharma, the great ocean,
He who possesses the three secret powers,
May be indestructible, eternal, and without end.
That, seated on the supreme unconquerable throne of the vajra,
He may live for a hundred eons.
Pour on him your blessings
That his aspirations may be fulfilled.

You who bear the burdens of innumerable buddhas,
With courage carrying on your shoulders the vast activities of the fully enlightened ones,
Working for the weal of all beings, like the wish-fulfilling gem, the jewel of jewels,
May your aspiration be perfectly fulfilled.

By virtue of this may the golden era be opened
Like a gate to the great spaces, liberating all sentient beings,
Coming as the happiness of spring which comforts our sorrows
And helps the teaching of the Buddha to spread in all directions and in all ages,
Making it prosper to the summit of samsara and nirvana.

O you with the lotus in your hand, may the nectar stream of your blessing
Strengthen our mind and bring it to maturity.
May we be able to please you by practicing the Dharma;
Through accomplishing at all times the good deeds of the bodhisattvas,
May we reach nirvana.

By the blessings of the wondrous buddhas and bodhisattvas,
By the unassailable truth of the spiritual laws of cause and effect,
By the unstained power of the pure mind,
May the aim of my prayers soon be accomplished.

A Gift of Dharma for 7.4.11

Photo by Mary Altaffer for the Associated Press.

Today’s quote is yet another from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whom I first quoted and wrote a short biography for in this post. This is it — from the Insight from the Dalai Lama 2011 Calendar for today, July 4th:

…[A] problem we face today is the gap between rich and poor. In this great country of America, your forefathers established the concepts of democracy, freedom, liberty, equality, and equal opportunity for every citizen. These are provided for by your wonderful Constitution. However, the number of billionaires in this country is increasing while the poor remain poor, in some cases getting even poorer.

In Associated Press Interview, His Holiness the Dalai Lama Calls the Chinese Government’s Insistence on Picking Next Dalai Lama “a Disgrace”

Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at his residence in the hill station town of Dharmsala, northern India, Friday, July 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
"Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures during an interview with The Associated Press at his residence in the hill station town of Dharmsala, northern India, Friday, July 1, 2011." Photo by Kevin Frayer for the AP.

Read it here.

A Gift of Dharma for 7.3.11

The Dalai Lama gives Jessica Markowitz, a 7th-grader at Seattle Girls' School, a hug during the KeyArena event.
"The Dalai Lama gives Jessica Markowitz, a 7th-grader at Seattle Girls' School, a hug during the KeyArena event." Photo by Mike Siegel for The Seattle Times.

Today’s quote is yet another from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whom I first quoted and wrote a short biography for in this postThis is it — one of Snow Lion Publications’ past Dalai Lama Quotes of the Week:

You should understand the whole purpose of listening to teachings, taking teachings and studying them is to put them into practice, just as after having learned how to prepare a certain dish, you utilize that knowledge to make the dish and derive full nutritional benefit from it.  What you know should be put into practice immediately; you can thus derive the benefit of having some transformation within your mind.  Even though it might be a very minor effort, a very small practice just leaving imprints within your mind, still you must think that it is worthwhile to do.  Otherwise your knowledge of dharma will be quite fruitless, and like merely playing something on a tape.

A Gift of Dharma for 7.2.11

Today’s quote is yet another from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whom I first quoted and wrote a short biography for in this postThis is it — one of Snow Lion Publications’ past Dalai Lama Quotes of the Week:

How to develop smiles?  There are a variety of smiles.  Some smiles are sarcastic.  Some smiles are artificial-diplomatic smiles.  These smiles do not produce satisfaction, but rather fear or suspicion.  But a genuine smile gives us hope, freshness. If we want a genuine smile, then first we must produce the basis for a smile to come.

A Gift of Dharma for 7.1.11

Dalai LamaToday’s quote is yet another from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whom I first quoted and wrote a short biography for in this postThis is it — one of Snow Lion Publications’ past Dalai Lama Quotes of the Week:

Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.

A Gift of Dharma for 6.30.11

photo:  The 14th Dalai Lama, born in northeastern Tibet on July 6, 1935    credit:  Roberto Duetesco
Photo by Roberto Duetesco.

Today’s quote is yet another from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whom I first quoted and wrote a short biography for in this post. This is it — from the Insight from the Dalai Lama 2011 Calendar:

If the Buddhist path were simply a matter of faith and cultivating a deep devotion to the Buddha, there would have been no need for him to explain the nature of reality in such technical and complex terms.

A Gift of Dharma for 6.28.11

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivers his keynote address at Amnesty International's 'Shine a Light' Award Ceremony in Long Beach, California, on May 4, 2011." Photo by Don Farber.

Today’s quote is yet another from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whom I first quoted and wrote a short biography for in this post. This is it — from the Insight from the Dalai Lama 2011 Calendar:

If you find one of your beloved ones speaking against someone out of anger or hatred, maybe your initial reaction should be one of agreement and sympathy. Then once you have gained the person’s confidence, you can say, “But…”