New York, USA, 19 October 2013 - For the second day, today, Rato Khenpo Nicholas Vreeland, with incense in hand, escorted His Holiness the Dalai Lama onto the stage of the Beacon Theater, New York. Once His Holiness had greeted members of the Sangha, performed prostrations to the Buddha, saluted the audience and taken his seat on the throne, a group of Chinese monastics recited the Heart Sutra in Chinese. He began with the remark that there is a verse at the end of the Heart Sutra that encapsulates the practice of the Dharma:
May I be able to dispel the three poisons
May the light of insight shine brightly
May I be able to overcome all obstacles
May I be able to engage in the deeds of Bodhisattvas.
He suggested that if in addition to chanting these lines, which encompass the content of the Pali and Sanskrit traditions, we are able to incorporate their meaning into our practice it will be of benefit.
|Chinese monastic reciting the Heart Sutra at the start of the second day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings in New York, NY, USA on October 19, 2013. Photo/Sonam Zoksang|
| Members of the audience listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's during the second day of his teachings at the Beacon Theater in New York, NY, USA on October 19, 2013. Photo/Robert Nickelsberg|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during the second day of his teachings in New York, NY, USA on October 19, 2013. Photo/Robert Nickelsberg|