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His Holiness The Dalai Lama Gives Buddhist Teaching and Talk on Cultivating Inner Peace

May 4, 2009

Tibet Custom
May, 3 2009

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's address was about
the path to peace and happiness. In the morning,
he gave a lesson about the teachings of Buddha
and The Four Noble Truths. The Patriots cap was a
big hit. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Massachusetts: On May 2, 2009 His Holiness the
Dalai Lama gave a commentary on the Buddha's Four
Noble Truth and a public talk on Path to
Happiness and Inner Peace to over 13000 people.

In the morning, His Holiness departed to Gillette
Stadium, the venue of the events, where he was
received by Congressman Bill Delahunt, member of
the United States Congress from Massachusetts,
and children of the Tibetan community in Boston
area who sang welcome songs.  Representatives of
the Boston Tibetan Association made the Mandala
offering. Dr. Lobsang Sangay of the Boston
Tibetan Association made introductory remarks and
welcomed Congressman Delahunt to make his
remarks. In his address, the Congressman
expressed his pleasure at His Holiness' visit to the region.

His Holiness began by saying that there are three
points that all religions deal with and they
relate to three questions, namely i) what is I or
self? ii) Does the self have a beginning? iii)
Does the self have an end? He said both theistic
and non-theistic religions have some answers to these three questions.

He talked about the theistic religions believing
in some form of self whereas non-theistic
religions like Buddhism does not believe in the
existence of an independent self. On the second
question of whether the self has a beginning,
theistic religions posit that there is one since
God created everything. His Holiness said that
this belief is powerful because it brings the
humankind closer to God. He said God in this case
is infinite love and the closer feeling one has
to something related to infinite love means that
the more desire it generates to imitate the positive quality.
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