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Be a 21st Century Buddhist, Dalai Lama Tells Followers

July 20, 2008

Kalsang Rinchen
Phayul
Friday, July 18, 2008

New York, – The Dalai Lama said that it is important to preserve one’s
own traditions and culture but it is wrong to close door to the outside
world. He said that one should strive to become a 21st century Buddhist
with both traditional values and modern education.

The 73 year old Tibetan leader was giving a teaching today on the Lord
Buddha's Four Noble Truths at the sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New
York City. The Dalai Lama told a crowd of about 6000 people that there
is no escape from physical depreciation of one’s body but there are ways
to train one’s mind in order to attain enlightenment. The Dalai Lama
said that merely inviting a religious preacher and getting blessings
will not help but the transformation of one’s mind will.

The Dalai Lama appreciated the ‘genuine interest’ in Buddhist tradition
shown by the people of Himalayan region. The Tibetan spiritual and
temporal leader lauded the people of Himalayan region for their
unwavering faith in Buddha Dharma and Buddhist tradition.

The Himalayan Buddhist Community of New York comprises of organizations
of people from Chum, Dolpo, Gyalsumdo, Manang, Nupri, Mustang, Sherpa,
Tamang, Thakali, Walung and Yolmo. All these peoples live in Nepal
today, and have close religious and cultural ties with the Tibetans. The
Dalai Lama called Nepalese people and Tibetans ‘twin bother and sister’.
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