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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Teaches on Compassion in New York City

May 7, 2009

www.tibet.net

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s second day in New York City was devoted to
a day long teaching on ‘Quintessence of Compassion,’ organized by New
York-based Tibet House.

In the morning His Holiness departed for Beacon Theatre, the venue of
the teaching. At the onset His Holiness explained the basis of his
teaching and said he was not a supporter of conversion of people from
one faith to another.

After a recitation of the Heart Sutra in English by some monks, His
Holiness devoted the morning session to give an overview of the Middle
Way school and on the contribution of the Buddhist master Nagarjuna to
the development of Buddhist thoughts in India. His Holiness said that
Tibetans referred to Nagarjuna and Arya Asanga as two great chariots.

His Holiness said that the author of the text, Entry into the Middle
Way, Chandrakirti, was said by some to be direct disciple of Nagarjuna.
The first chapter of this text was on compassion and was the subject of
today’s teachings.

His Holiness had lunch at the venue itself.

In the afternoon session, His Holiness explained some of the verses of
the text relating to the cause of suffering, about the nature of
compassion, and about the quality and capacity of the Bodhisattva. His
Holiness explained that compassion lies at the root of all the teachings
of the Buddha.

Tomorrow, the Office of Tibet is hosting a meeting between His Holiness
the Dalai Lama and nearly one hundred Chinese friends. This meeting is
being organized because several Chinese democracy activists, scholars,
and writers have expressed interest in meeting His Holiness during this
visit to the United States. His Holiness has always been interested in
meeting Chinese brothers and sisters to exchange views with them on
matters of common interest.

On Wednesday His Holiness will visit Albany, the capital of New York
state, to give a public talk on "Compassionate Ethics in Difficult
Times". This will be his last public program before returning to India.
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