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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dalai Lama to Receive Honor in America Today

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will receive the Congressional Gold Medal--America's highest civilian honor--in a ceremony today. It is to be awarded to him in recognition of his contributions to peace, non-violence, human rights and religious understanding. Predictably China is angry over the award to which the Tibetan Buddhist monk replied with a laugh, "That always happens."

His playful attitude continued when a reporter asked him if he had a message for Chinese President Hu Jintao, he patted the reporter on the cheek and said, "You are not a representative of Hu Jintao."

The award has a picture of the Dalai Lama on one side and says on the other, "World peace must be developed from inner peace. Peace is not the absence of violence. Peace is the manifestation of human compassion." Click here for the link to this picture.
Some might say that in accepting a piece of gold that the Dalai Lama is falling prey to materialism but such a claim couldn't be further from the truth. By accepting this award, His Holiness is accepting it to advance his cause for Tibetan autonomy, the welfare of the Tibetan people, maintain Tibetan Buddhism and to raise awareness of that campaign. In addition, gaining awards and having financial success isn't always, unskillful as long as they are gained through Right Intention and Right Livelihood. As well as realizing that such material gains are not the path to long term happiness.

If nothing else his acceptance of the award is a compassionate, loving action to respect the love and honor people wish to give him.

The Dalai Lama's American envoy, Lodi Gyari added, "The medal is important because it gives Tibetans hope and encouragement."

~Peace to all beings~

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Tim said...

"World peace must be developed from inner peace. Peace is not the absence of violence. Peace is the manifestation of human compassion."
....I love that!

Justin (koavf) said...

Where did you find that picture of the Dalai Lama's Congressional Medal of Honor? Do you know if it is legitimate?


Ariel said...

beautiful blog, thank you!

the psycho therapist said...

Peace is not the absence of violence. Peace is the manifestation of human compassion."

God, is there anything more true than that?

Excellent. Thanks.

Oh, yeah, nice pix. I like mine better. (LOL!)

They call him James Ure said...

Tim and Psycho Therapist:

Isn't it amazing how simple a truth can be?


Here is the link: Dalai Lama Award Picture


You are very kind. Thank-you. I bow to the Buddha within you.

Psycho Therapist:

True, those are nice pix that you have. :)


taza said...

i watched the ceremony with a live weblink--first time it has ever worked on this ol' computer of mine!

it moved me to tears. such a man of light.

and of course China has their knickers in a twist over it. sigh.

They call him James Ure said...


Yeah, how anyone could hate the DL or think he is other then a man of peace is so sad.

I.M.SMALL said...


According to Reds the Dalai lama
Is what they call a separationist,
Disdainful of the homeland of his momma
Wherefore the call to slap him on the wrist;
That China´s not his motherland is missed.

Iraqis in the midst of endless slaughter
Proposed to see ejected from their midst
The most egregious killing crew, Blackwater,
But they must stay, these USA insist;
That Iraqis are sovereign too is missed!

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