Washington, DC, USA, 11 October 2009 (www.tibet.net) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama concluded his five-day Washington, DC visit Saturday, 10 October, by conferring a Buddhist teaching, meetings with a select group of Administration officials, diplomats, members of Congress, and members of the Tibetan American community.
In the morning, His Holiness went to the Bender Arena at American University, the venue of his teaching. His Holiness was received by Greg Kruglak, President of Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture (CTAC), Rinchen Dharlo and Ani Tenzin Lhamo, members of CTAC's Board. The Conservancy was the organizer of this teaching session. His Holiness first went to the nearby Provost's Office where he was received by American University President Cornelius Kerwin and Provost Scott Bass.
|Nancy Pelosi, left, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's interpreter, Thupten Jinpa, with His Holiness |
the Dalai Lama at a Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice event.
(By Melina Mara -- The Washington Post)
The teaching program began with the recitation of the Heart Sutra in Pali, Chinese, Vietnames and Tibetan. Thereafter, His Holiness first dwelt on the topic of religious harmony. He explained that different religions were not only needed in order to suit the mental disposition of different individual but that they also had the same objectives both at the theoretical and practical levels. His Holiness said in the theistic religious traditions, there was the special bond between the individual and God the creator. This called for total submission of the individual to the will of God. He said this resulted in the reduction of a self-centered ego, which is something that religions like Buddhism also aspire for. At the practical level, he said all religious traditions called for the practice of compassion in different ways.
|People listen as His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivers a Buddhist teaching at American University in Washington, 10 October 2009.Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/US|