London, England, 18 June 2012 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama was visited this morning by his old friend Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine monk, who has been active in promoting Christian meditation.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Laurence Freeman in Manchester, England, on June 18, 2012. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL
"To you who, out of great compassion,
In order to dispel all wrong views,
Presented the sublime Dharma,
I pay homage."
Nagarjuna here praises the Buddha’s great compassion cultivated over several aeons. The fully enlightened one functions under the power of compassion, augmented by wisdom. This kind of compassion is more than just a wish that sentient beings be free from suffering, it involves actually engaging in helping them. This prompted His Holiness to remember that scientists, who have been researching the effects of meditation on compassion on the brain, have noticed that those centres of the brain associated with action seem to be stimulated by it.
If in regard to the verse above we were to ask what kind of Dharma the Buddha taught, the answer would be a Dharma that dispels all wrong views; a Dharma that dispels all distorted ways of knowing. This is why it is called the sublime Dharma. His Holiness thoroughly discussed what Nagarjuna has taught in this text In Praise of the Dharmadhatu, which, exploring dependent arising, deals with the wisdom aspect of the Buddha’s teachings. He said the essence of what the text has to say is summarized in the first two verses.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, on June 18, 2012. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
His Holiness the Dalai Lama receives a traditional Tibetan welcome on his arrival in London, England, on June 18, 2012. Photo/Ian Cumming