Monday, April 14, 2014

Dalai Lama Explains Tantra in Tibetan Buddhism

Kyoto, Japan, 10 April 2014 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama began the day by driving from Osaka to Kyoto, where he was warmly received at Shuchi-in University by the Dean, Ven. Suguri Kouzui, who is also Chief Abbot of the Nakayama Dera Temple. Shuchi-in University traces its origins back to the Shugeishuchi-in or School for Arts and Sciences established in 828 CE in the grounds of the Toji Temple in Kyoto by Kukai or Kobo Daishi, founder of the Shingon Tradition of Japanese Buddhism. It was the first educational institution in Japan open to students without regard to their social or economic status. The present Shuchi-in University was re-established in its current location in 1949.

In the packed hall, His Holiness took his seat on the stage, seated before a statue of Mahavairochana flanked by two sets of his mandalas and began his talk.

“You have requested me to talk about Tibetan secret mantra. Tibetans began to take an interest in Buddhism in the 7th century during the reign of Songtsen Gampo who had taken a Chinese and a Nepalese princess as wives. Both of them had brought statues of the Buddha with them, which were to inspire an interest in his teachings. Later, Trisong Deutsan recognised that Buddhism originated in India and that is where he turned to learn more. He invited Shantarakshita from Nalanda University and it was he who began the dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet. He also instigated the project to translate Indian Buddhist literature into Tibetan, which eventually formed the collections of the Kangyur and Tengyur. He wrote the ‘Ornament of Madhyamaka’, which we still study today, and the ‘Compendium of Reality; the first a work of philosophy and the second a work of logic and epistemology.”

Shantarakshita’s disciple, Kamalashila, also an erudite scholar, was invited later. He had written a ‘Lamp of the Madhyamaka’ and a commentary to his master’s ‘Compendium of Reality’. These two masters took primary responsibility for establishing Buddhism in Tibet. With the first ordinations Shantarakshita established the Mulasarvastavadin Vinaya, while philosophically he was a proponent of the Yogachara-svatantrika-madhyamaka view which combined views of both Asanga and Nagarjuna. He established the Vinaya as the basis of the teachings.

His Holiness explained that Guru Padmasambhava was responsible for eliminating obstacles and today is remembered as the Master in the trio - Abbot (Shantarakshita), Master and King (Trisong Deutsan) - who laid the foundations for Buddhism in Tibet.

As a bhikshu, Shantarakshita upheld the Vinaya himself, his ‘Ornament of Madhyamaka’ indicates that cultivation of bodhichitta as well as an understanding of emptiness were part of his practice, while another of his writings, a small text called ‘Chapter on Reality’ indicate that he also practised Highest Yoga Tantra. In short he was an exemplar of the Nalanda tradition.

This is an approach that can be traced back to Nagarjuna who, taking the Vinaya as the basis, cultivated the awakening mind of bodhichitta through the method of exchanging self and others. His writings also reveal the explicit content of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, emptiness, and engagement in the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra. His Holiness said that Nagarjuna’s disciples Aryadeva and Chandrakirti followed a similar approach. What this shows is the origin of the Tibetan custom of a practitioner holding the three vows, pratimoksha vows, bodhisattva vows and tantric vows.

His Holiness cited himself as an example. He is a monk; he renews his bodhisattva vows and contemplates emptiness daily and every day engages in six different deity yoga practices.

Regarding the origin of tantrayana, he said that the Four Noble Truths are the basis of all Buddhist teachings and from them are derived the 37 factors of enlightenment, which are also common to all traditions. Then in the Sanskrit tradition we find the Perfection of Wisdom teachings that were given on Vulture’s Peak before gatherings that included disciples like Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Samantabhadra. These are the teachings of the Second Turning of the Wheel of Dharma concerning the selflessness of persons and phenomena. They include the Heart Sutra that we all recite, which features a dialogue between Shariputra and the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. This teaching did not take place in public, but before those whose pure karma enabled them to see and hear Avalokiteshvara as well as Shariputra.

His Holiness clarified that while the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma dealt with the Four Noble Truths, teachings given in public, for which there is a historical record, the Second Turning deals with the Perfection of Wisdom teachings. The Third Turning deals with Buddha nature and the clear light nature of the mind and how to use it. This is the basis of the practice of secret mantra. He explained that the Second and Third Turnings did not take place in public but before a more select gathering of disciples. They are not included in the historical record because that accounts for teachings belonging to the general structure of the doctrine, not teachings that were given for specific disciples.

His Holiness stressed that great Indian masters like Nagarjuna and Aryadeva have examined these issues with reason and logic and vouched for the authenticity of the Sanskrit tradition, the practice of the bodhisattva vehicle, the perfection of wisdom vehicle and the vehicle of tantra. He quoted Chandrakirti describing five stages of tantra:

1. The generation stage
2. The completion stage
3. Isolation
4. The illusory body and clear light
5. Union

He said that the generation stage involves the visualization of deities. In Highest Yoga Tantra this also involves taking the Buddha’s three bodies, the Truth Body, Complete Enjoyment Body and Emanation Body into the path through the processes of death, intermediate state and rebirth respectively. Whereas the Sutra literature speaks of taking three countless aeons or more to reach Buddhahood, tantric texts speak of doing so in one life in the one body.

Among several questions, His Holiness was asked what he thought of the suggestion that Kobo Daishi, who apparently died in the 9th century is still in meditation. He answered that it was possible. There accounts of great adepts in the past attaining enlightenment and remaining in meditation until the next Buddha appears in the world, Tibetan masters among them. He was also asked about compassion in relation to Avalokiteshvara and replied that compassion is said to be the root of the attainment of Buddhahood. He said he had already mentioned Avalokiteshvara’s role as a person participating in the dialogue of the ‘Heart Sutra’, but there is also the aspect of Avalokiteshvara the bodhisattva embodying all the Buddhas’ compassion, much as Manjushri is said to embody all their wisdom.

“Finally, in this place which has a special connection to Kobo Daishi,” His Holiness said, “I’d like to thank you Japanese followers of the Buddha for this opportunity to hold discussions with you,” and presented the Dean with a statue of the Buddha.

Ven. Chijun Suga, President of Dosokai and Chief Administrator of the Zentsuji Temple in Shikoku where Kobo Daishi was born, in his words of thanks expressed gratitude to His Holiness for coming. He mentioned that followers of all Buddhist sects had attended the talk. He requested His Holiness to maintain his connection with the University because of its strong links to Kobo Daishi. He concluded saying:

“All of us pray for peace in Tibet and that His Holiness may have a long life.”

Original link: http://www.dalailama.com/news/post/1108-explaining-tantra-in-tibetan-buddhism-at-shuchi-in-university

Special Edition ~ "The Conjuring" An Exclusive Interview

By Chris Baricko

Showing the facts. That none of it was true. And it was not only the professional actors who acted.

I spent 10 hours making it but well worth it. Hopefully, it give Norma Sutcliffe [the homeowner] some peace. And it clearly shows what bad liars the Perrons and the Warrens are. I pointed out the Warrens. She was lucky enough to find a story from a former member who worked with them. Click link to watch the video.




Also, Tony Spera (Lorraine's son-in-law) wrote the following article in 1985. Now remember he is the researcher. Why does he write about it? Why mention murders,vicious beatings, witchcraft and sacrificing a child when none of it is true? We Just proved none of it was or is true. Doesn't sound like research to me.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Hello everyone hope you have had a fantastic weekend. I pray everyone is healthy and everyone you love is healthy. This week I'd like to discuss how some believer in their opinion that God speaks to us in dreams. It's not just a time where some feel they are open for demonic attack. Call on God next time you feel this way and see what happens. The bible has examples of God speaking to people in dreams and telling us he will speak through dreams. The following a a few examples of that.

And they replied "we both had dreams but no one can tell us what they mean.”
“Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied.
“Go ahead and tell me your dreams"

Genesis 40:8 (NLT) Jacob Dreamed
11 Then the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, 'Jacob.' And I said, 'Here I am.'24 But God had come to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to him, "Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad."
Gen 31:11,24 Genesis 2812 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

"And the Lord said to them, “Now listen to what I say:
“If there were prophets among you,I, the Lord, would reveal myself in visions. I would speak to them in dreams."
Numbers 12:6 (NLT)

"He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds."
Job 33:15 (NLT)

"For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness.
Rather, fear God." "And the LORD answered me, and said,
Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables,
that he may run that readeth  it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time,
but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:
though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV)

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams" Acts 2:17

The facts that you have heard from God does not mean everyone will welcome your dream. People will react differently but most likely not positive at times. Your dream will be opposed just like Joseph’s and Jesus’ and Nehemiah’s or Paul’s. However this should not deter you. If you know your dream is from God, hold on to it, pray it back to God when the storms and wind come storming in. The brothers of Joseph conspired against him. They threw him into the pit sold him into slavery. He ended up in Potiphar’s house as a servant. It was as if his dream bought and brought him trouble.

What I do is keep a pen and paper next to my bed to take notes of any odd dreams so I can remember them because many people, and I am among them tend to forget what they have dreamed the longer they are awake. What took place seems to fade rather quickly upon waking up from these. I'm not sure why that happens. Could be a number of reasons for this but if you write down some notes upon waking that will really up possibly in understanding what exactly took place in the dreams you are having.

Written By Jennifer Auld

Can Our Souls Fragment?

By Reverend Mark Hunnemann

"Behold, all souls are Mine..." (Ezekiel 18:4)

"And do not fear those who kill the body but but cannot kill  the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28)  

"...we have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls." (1: Peter 2:24)

"We have this hope as an anchor for our souls." (Hebrews 6:19)

Can our souls fragment after we die? Or can they even fragment while we are alive, and then the fragments disperse at death? While this notion may seem bizarre to some, it is becoming more popular. If you watch The Dead Files, then you will recall that Amy speaks of fragmented souls frequently.Parapsychology is more apt at this stage to discuss this notion than some paranormal investigators, but it is trickling down quickly, and we need to keep abreast of current thought and trends. That way we (the Church of Jesus) will be relevant to the needs and questions of our dear friends.

What is the big deal? What is at stake in this discussion? The issue is nothing less than the identity of human beings--and our continued identity after death. The soul is our essence, and can it be disintegrated or fragmented? Can life become so hard or traumatic that we literally start to fall apart?  Please do not mistake what we are discussing with the very real phenomenon of psychiatric meltdown. That can and does happen, even to the most godly. But those are FEELINGS. Not actual fragmenting of the soul itself..

No, this has to do with the soul itself LITERALLY FRAGMENTING. Huge difference, can the trials of life threaten to to destroy our essence? Or as one shaman put it--the karmic weight of living an excessively evil life may become so heavy that it shatters the soul?

Christian theology has two presuppositions--the infinite /personal God really exists, and He has not remained silent but has spoken to us in the bible.Modern man has rejected both, and in doing so, has become bereft of any foundation for understanding invisible reality, like the human soul.

Only God can meet the two deepest longings in our souls--the longing for security and significance. Our security and significance does not depend . upon feelings, but upon our Rock...God Himself, who is an anchor for our souls. What a beautiful and powerful message we have for modern men and women!!

They are like sheep without a shepherd or a boat without an anchor...utterly lost and without any basis for security or significance. No basis for understanding the nature and destiny of our souls after death (or before death).The bible speaks against this notion of soul fragmentation everywhere.    The few verses.quoted above scream against this notion.

"It is appointed to man to die once, and then face judgement." (Hebrews 9:27) At death, God (who owns our souls) keeps our souls intact to stand in judgement before His holy throne.  Nothing can  touch or disintegrate our souls--even though it may feel otherwise.

Yes, we may FEEL insecure or insignificant at times....we may even experience a meltdown...BUT, nothing....NOTHING... can touch our souls.Our feelings are not an accurate judge of the immense worth, dignity, and eternal nature of our souls.

God created our souls and he keeps them from fragmenting, regardless of how psychologically fragmented we feel. How horrible to wonder if one's soul is literally coming unglued while alive (please see quote below). Or how much worse to think that one's soul may be torn asunder after death--with pieces of my essence scattered here and there.

Check out the following quote....

"As part of normal living we all will have created a number of sub-personalities within our being. Each will have a fragment of the soul's energy to sustain its existence. These sub-personalities can continue to co-exist within if this is what is deemed appropriate or they can, at anytime, be reabsorbed into the soul's inner light. Ejected sub-personalities can sometimes seem like possessing entities for they are a part of the psyche trying to get back home.

If a person dies with an ejected sub-personality or one or other of the sub-personalities have been captured by an evil entity then that part does not pass back into the spirit realm but remains stuck close to the Earth plane. These parts of the psyche await the time when the soul is back in incarnation again and they can then be re-united with the soul's energy. To do this fully might also entail clearing any negative attachments that have accrued to them." (excerpt from unknown source)

Huh??!! What you read above is what happens when  we speculate about the nature and destiny of the human soul apart from divine revelation--the result is insanity. Our generation is deeply lost, and we should bow our heads and weep...The price for jettisoning God and His revelation is exceedingly high--we lose our souls--temporally and for eternity in hell.

May the Lord use us to touch others lives and hearts.

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Family Haunts Wants Your Money!

By Chris Baricko

There is a couple here in Connecticut called Family Haunts. They are starting what they call a paranormal school. They claim they will teach people how to become a paranormal investigator. Plus you get to go on a investigation But wait there is more and you get a certificate as well all for the high price of $150.00. Now being local and from the area, I along with others, did some homework and most of what they claim is not proven. Let's start at the top. I asked two other local groups if they ever heard of them and the answer was no. Now if they have the experience within the paranormal community most groups will at least have heard of them. As far as I know there are no degrees any collage gives out saying paranormal investigator trainer. So they did not pay anyone for any education such as a doctor or lawyer who went to school and got a degree.



Now this is right off the interview they did. Here's the link:

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. no not really

So they admitted they do not keep up with the latest developments in the paranormal field. Then why do they think they are fit to teach others. Would you go to a plumber or a doctor to get your car fixed?

They claim they do exorcisms yet I do not see a priest or bishop or even a demonologist listed anywhere.



They claim they been around over 25 years but their Facebook page says is founded in 2001. Um, I am no mathematician but it is 2014 so that is only 13 years.



But wait it gets better click on the link below now they say they have 60 years experience. Really--60 years? Now I am not a doctor, but none of them look so 60 + 25 is 85 years experience. All I can say is WOW! Once again another misleading statement.

They refer to people they help as CUSTOMERS not clients like every other group does. Now being a customer means you pay right? They even respond to when asked why should they get hired. Sorry we are called, not hired. There reply is even more outrageous. They say cause there the best. Really? There is not one group who is the best in this field, period. We all do things a little differently.

They also say they do land clearing. I was unable to find anything under the BBB or Department of Consumer Protection. Not even in the yellow pages listed under the name Family Haunts Land Clearing. 

They have a photo of what they call a shadow figure and they say is was taken in a hallway. They said there was nothing in front of it. Well sorry when another investigator blew it up once again proven this was false. 

They do not have a web page for anyone to look them up. Now just about every group and person in the field has a web page so people can do their homework on them.

So let's ask ourselves some questions. What qualifies them to teach anyone let alone charge $150.00?  They admitted they do not keep up with the field. They call clients customers. They claim the following: land clearing, exorcisms, have a total of over 85 in the field. And they get hired. 


Now anyone can easily see some of their statements are so far out there and none can be proven. Hopefully others see what their true goal is: $$$$. If you want to learn you can for FREE--just contact any local paranormal group and they would be more than happy to teach them anything you want to know. The paranormal is about helping people not making money

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Antichrist versus Jesus Christ

By Kirby Robinson

There are far better bible scholars out there than me, so I’m not going to try to pass myself off as one. I wish to share my view of who and what the Antichrist is and how he differs from the real Son of God.

Jesus Christ was the only Son of God.

The Antichrist will NOT be the son of God but of a demon.

It’s important to note the well-known but very much misunderstood story concerning the Sons of God [angels] looking on earth woman having sex. This is something a normal angel can’t do. They produced offspring that was neither angel nor human. The offspring became a terror on the surface of the earth, leading men and woman to do the most hateful things in God’s eyes, so that He decided to flood it.

If Satan could tamper with the DNA of man, it could have affected the ability of Christ coming into this world as a man. When the Antichrist enters this world, it will be through the same type of mating by one of the Sons of Man: with a female of this earth. Thus, he can claim he is of man yet his sperm didn’t come from a man.

Much has been made that Barack Obama is the Antichrist—he’s not. Also, George W. Bush was called the Antichrist, so apparently it goes with the job.

Just like Christ, he will be a polarizing figure while on earth.

All who opened their eyes and ears to His teaching loved Christ. Yet there were those who hated Him and wished to kill Him. God refused to step in as the free will that He has given man means so very much to Him.

The message that Christ preached was completely pure and just.

With the Antichrist, the story will be much darker. The Antichrist will be loved by all, [outside of those who have spiritual discernment]. People will be drawn to him and few will be able to find errors in the teachings of the Antichrist.

Some have said that he’ll come from a very wealthy family. Unlike Jesus who came from a middle class family. Some say that he’ll be a politician’s son or of royal blood. Christ was of royal blood. Some teach that he might be a leader in the military, to mock Christ who could call an army of angels to defend and fight for him. Some have even said that he will be a she.

Unlike Christ, who offered His words, and if you refused to hear them, that was up to you, with the Antichrist you damn well better listen to his message and no other. Because if you refuse it then you’ll suffer even to the point of death. What he’ll teach through both his words and the words of the False Prophet will be based on the lie. A lie that started in the Garden of Eden when Eve was told that man can be like God, and moved to the Sons of God who shared secret teachings to humans. To the Tower of Babel when man sought to be on the same level as God seeking to become Gods, and Babylon who taught there was more than one God to follow.

Christ performs real miracles: He raised the dead, healed the sick, made people whole, fed the hungry, and cast out demons.

The Antichrist will do the same but it won’t be through the power of God but by the work of demons. The only act he won’t copy is casting out demons, as the false religion he’ll present won’t have demons.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Dalai Lama Visits Sendai, Focus of the Tohoku Earthquake

Sendai, Japan, 7 April 2014 - Following his arrival in Japan from India yesterday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama today flew from Narita to Sendai. The flight brought him in over coastal areas which three years ago were devastated by the tsunami that followed the great Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011. He was able to land at the Sendai airport that the tsunami flooded and closed.

Warm applause filled the hall when His Holiness appeared on the stage of the Miyagi Kenmin Kaikan hall, which had been recreated as a Shinto shrine. Ms Kawakami Hiroko, Chairperson of the Sendai Welcome Committee and herself a Shinto priest opened the event and introduced His Holiness. She extolled his tireless work for peace and dialogue in the world and expressed the hope that his presence would strengthen hope and confidence among the people of the Tohoku region in the face of great adversity.

There followed an extensive Shinto ceremony conducted by priests of the Yamagata Prefecture Dewasanzan shrine and Miyagi Prefecture Takekoma shrine. Loud blasts on conch shells heralded the arrival of the priests in their elaborate white robes and black head gear. A long invocation prayer was made seeking the help of the Gods of Heaven to clear away misdeeds and impurities. Offerings were made to the haunting strains of the double reed hichiriki and flute and purification rituals conducted involving a priest making energetic sweeps in the air with leafy wands from the flowering evergreen sakaki tree. At the appropriate point His Holiness was also invited to participate. The ceremony was concluded with a short musical recital in which Ms Ishigaki Kiyomi played koto (Japanese harp) while Ishigaki Seiza played shakuhachi (bamboo flute).

“Today, it’s a little more than three years since the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan and the consequent tsunami that caused extensive devastation followed by radiation problems,” His Holiness began. “Many people died, many lost their homes; there’s been widespread grief and sadness. The purification rituals the Shinto priests have performed today are intended to help. I have great respect for all religions because of their intention to help, because they bring people solace.”

He spoke of visiting Shinto shrines before and taking part in prayers, but said this was the most elaborate ceremony he had witnessed. He remarked that the prayers were similar to those he has seen elsewhere, which involve invoking the gods and making offerings and requests to them. He explained that from a Buddhist point of view there are transcendental gods who are enlightened who can be of help and worldly gods who can be more mischievous.

“The Indian Buddhist master Nagarjuna says that if you allow yourself to remain depressed you won’t be able to overcome the problems that confront you. Therefore it’s important to keep up your spirits and remain confident that you can do what you set out to do.”

He asked those who had been directly affected by the quake and tsunami to raise their hands and offered his condolences and sympathy to all who had suffered. He recalled visiting Fukushima in late 2011 to comfort victims and share their pain. When they wept he felt like weeping with them, but even then he advised them that it would not help to remain downcast. Being depressed in the face of trouble only adds to it. He said that he often cites the remarkable way that the German and Japanese peoples rebuilt their nations out of the ashes of the Second World War as inspiring examples for others to follow. The key is to have self-confidence, determination and a firm resolve.

“If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better.”

He suggested that it is very sad to lose family and friends, but if we imagine that they can see us from heaven, or wherever they are, to see their loved ones dismayed and downhearted will only fill them with sadness too. To see us optimistic and full of hope will make them happy. Calling on his own experience he said:

“At the age of 16 I lost my freedom and at the age of 24 I lost my country. I’ve lived as a refugee for 55 years and yet I’ve never lost hope or given in to pessimism. As human beings we all have brothers and sisters who come to our aid. You Japanese are part of the 7 billion alive today who have feelings and experiences similar to yours.”

He mentioned that when Tibetan refugees were given land in different parts of India on which to settle, much of it was untamed jungle. In one place in particular it was also very hot. To begin with the people there pleaded to be moved elsewhere saying it was so hot they would surely die. His Holiness advised them to take things easily, to stay in the shade when the heat blazed and when he visited a year later teased them that they weren’t dead yet. In due course this became a successful settlement that he has visited again quite recently. He repeated that a great deal depends on determination and resolve.

Chuckling, His Holiness mentioned his appreciation of the care Japanese take over so much that they do. He added that since his first visit in 1967 he has noticed that while making good use of modern science and technology Japan still has strong spiritual traditions in Shintoism and Buddhism. There is an ability to combine material development with spiritual or inner values. Traditions such as respect for elders and children’s respect for their parents are worth preserving. However, he remarked that too much solemnity and an artificial smile risks a drift to hypocrisy. Then, laughing again, he said he had only one grumble and that was that Japanese food is often beautiful to look at and made of excellent ingredients, but there isn’t enough to fill you up.

Answering questions from the audience he advised that it is always helpful to remain honest and truthful in the face of difficulty.

“You should examine whether what you want to do is really feasible. Research your goal and adopt a realistic approach. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Be honest, truthful and concerned for the well-being of others. To be self-centred instead leads to fear and suspicion, which more often than not ends in loneliness.”

About prayer he said it makes sense in traditions that believe in a creator to pray to god. From the Buddhist point of view, however, the Heart Sutra, for example, is not so much a prayer as a description of reality. And understanding reality is how we counter ignorance. Wisdom is the primary factor on the basis of which Buddhists develop faith and compassion.

To a woman who described the difficulty of dealing with three years of hardship His Holiness quoted Shantideva as saying that if there is a solution to something there’s no need to worry about it and if there isn’t, worrying won’t help. To a request to explain reincarnation he said it could take a week and that it would be better to find out more about it by reading books. Asked what has made him happy, His Holiness replied:

“To be a bhikshu, a Buddhist monk, and to be a follower of the Nalanda tradition. When I reach a new understanding of something I’m reading it brings me great satisfaction. Thinking about the awakening mind of bodhichitta and emptiness brings me a real sense of joy.”

He concluded by reciting his favourite verse from Shantideva’s ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’:

‘For as long as space endures 
And for as long as living beings remain, 
Until then may I too abide 
To dispel the misery of the world.'

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