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.

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.

Send a Message to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

This from the International Campaign for Tibet:

Send your message of commitment to Tibet and Peace to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thank you for helping us honor the Dalai Lama’s inspiring commitment to the promotion of human values, respect for all faith traditions, and a peaceful solution for Tibet.

Please send your message by June 30 so we can include it in our celebration during His Holiness’ July visit to Washington, DC for the Kalachakra for World Peace.

My Commitment to Tibet, to His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, and to Peace

I commit myself, in my personal efforts and by working in unity with others, to the mission of peace for Tibet and for oppressed peoples everywhere. In partnership with His Holiness, I seek a world grounded in compassion, kindness, tolerance, justice, and respect.

I commit myself to nurturing an open mind, fostering a willing spirit, and maintaining respect for all people. I am guided by the messages of peace and compassion that His Holiness teaches, and will strive to walk in this path each day.

Use this message or add to or compose your personal message to His Holiness here.

Tsering Namgyal on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Comments about Marxism for Religion Dispatches

The Dalai Lama, Tibets exiled spiritual leader, spoke at a press conference in Australia yesterday. He said that China is not his enemy, but that some hard-line communists are.
"The Dalai Lama, Tibets exiled spiritual leader, spoke at a press conference in Australia yesterday. He said that China is not his enemy, but that some hard-line communists are." Photo by Julian Smith for the Associated Press.

Read it here.

AP: “US Lawmakers Urge Obama to Welcome Dalai Lama Next Month, a Move that Would Anger China”

This from the Associated Press:

U.S. lawmakers have urged President Barack Obama to welcome the Dalai Lama at the White House when he visits next month.

Representatives of both parties made the appeal during a hearing Thursday of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs also marked by stinging criticism of China.

Obama did not receive the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader when he visited Washington in October 2009, but did four months later, although in low-key fashion.

Committee chairperson, Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, described the White House’s treatment of the Dalai Lama as shameful.

She strongly encouraged Obama to “pay the proper respect that this leader deserves.”

China regards the Dalai Lama as a separatist and opposes his contact with any foreign leader.