Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Mon 24, Nov 2014 03:18 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
China expels over 100 nuns in Dhingri
Green Party leader calls on New Zealand Prime Minister to talk Tibet with Xi
Tibetan political prisoner released in Kardze
Children's home founded by Tibetan monk turns 10
China releases last Tibetan anti-mining protester in Chabcha
China expels 26 nuns from Nunnery in Driru
Sakya centre turns 50
Exile Tibetans pay tribute to imprisoned writers
Tibet activists unfurl banner, urge world leaders to unite for Tibet
Obama in China says US not in favour of Tibet's independence
 Latest Photo News
A Tibetan man carrying a placard at a protest in the backdrop of G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. The campaign is carried out jointly by the Australian Tibet Council and Students for a Free Tibet. 15/11/14 Photo:SFT
A gigantic banner released by Tibet activists near the iconic Story Bridge in presence of mediapersons in Brisbane, Australia, where 20 world leaders will meet for G20 summit.  Nov. 14, 2014
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives at Theckchen Choeling in McLeod Ganj after concluding visit to Japan, Canada and USA, Nov. 7, 2014, Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
Dalai Lama begins Indiana visit under tight security
The Indianapolis Star[Wednesday, October 24, 2007 13:42]

A steady drizzle greeted the Dalai Lama on Tuesday in Bloomington as he started his Indiana visit. (DANESE KENON / The Star)
A steady drizzle greeted the Dalai Lama on Tuesday in Bloomington as he started his Indiana visit. (DANESE KENON / The Star)
BLOOMINGTON, October 24: For Tibetan Buddhists, rain is a great blessing.

So when the Dalai Lama returned to Indiana on Tuesday under a steady downpour, it was deemed an auspicious start to his six-day visit.

The Dalai Lama, leader of Tibetan Buddhists worldwide, charmed an audience of 1,000 people at an interfaith prayer service, where he decried wars in the name of God and urged unity among people of different faiths.

Then he stepped out into a drizzle to offer blessings of scattered rice and flower petals under a colorful new Tibetan archway entrance to the 108-acre Tibetan Cultural Center his brother founded here in 1979.

Security provided by the FBI, the State Department and local police was tight. Guests at the prayer service were scanned with metal detectors. A Mongolian journalist was escorted out of the room for moving up to a better seat. The cultural center, normally open dawn to dusk, was locked down.

Dalai Lama visits always prompt tight security, said Tibetan Cultural Center spokeswoman Lisa Morrison. But she said it would be tighter this week because of the controversy about China’s strong objections to his state visit.

Concerns about safety were an ironic counterpoint to the message the Dalai Lama brought at the prayer service.

In his sometimes broken English, the Dalai Lama questioned the role of violence in society: “When you look from space at this small planet, there is hardly a justification to fight.”

Economic problems, environmental issues and overpopulation may plague the world, but they can be overcome, he said, when people think of the “whole group” as one entity.

“In that new reality, the concept of ‘we’ or ‘they’ is no longer there.”

The Dalai Lama, 72, is scheduled to deliver 12 hours of teachings and two public speeches this week. His 15-minute chat Tuesday was a teaser he used to talk about the world’s religious diversity.

It was an appropriate topic for an interfaith service that featured a procession of Buddhist monks and Dominican friars, recitations from Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Sikh scriptures and a prayer from a pipe-smoking Shoshone sun dance chief.

“There are differences. But these differences have the same purpose — to strengthen and educate us on the importance of compassion,” he said. “All religions use different methods and different ways of approach. But they have the same end.”

The concept of war in the name of faith, he said, brings sadness to God. “True followers of God must express compassion.

“The concept of war is out of date,” he said. “Killing your neighbor is not your victory but your mutual self destruction.”

Kathleen Hannah, 15, was one of 20 students from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis who made the trip. She was amazed by the diversity of faiths on display and inspired by the Dalai Lama’s words.

“In the midst of everything that is happening in the world, we really do need to remember that compassion and peace should be in the center of our hearts,” she said.

Ben Ellerin, a 23-year-old music student at Indiana University, offered up a Jewish prayer for peace in Hebrew to the audience. The Dalai Lama gave him a bow of appreciation for his work.

“As a leader himself, I was impressed by the incredible reverence for the other faith presenters,” he said.

The Dalai Lama’s arrival came just a week after he met with President Bush and received the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian award.

That America’s leaders recognized Tibet’s exiled leader and its struggle for religious and cultural freedom meant a great deal to Richen Gelek, a 43-year-old Tibetan immigrant who traveled from California for the Dalai Lama’s teachings this week.

“It is important for the entire world, especially Tibetans and the Chinese people, that they get his message of peace.”

For Julie Crow DeMao, an Indianapolis native now living in Florida, the sight of the Dalai Lama back in Bloomington brought tears. She’s serving as a volunteer helper during the visit.

“It’s like seeing our favorite, dearest, most beloved relative,” she said as the Dalai Lama chanted Tibetan prayers as he blessed the new archway. “It was just a perfect moment.”
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
We will not negotiate with bullies, Taipei official says
Senator, MPs Dismiss China's Warnings on Dalai Lama Meet
Dalai Lama begins Indiana visit under tight security
Tibet monastery surrounded by military amid security crackdown after Dalai Lama award
Dalai Lama Dedicates Entrance at Center His Brother Founded
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2014 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement