July 30th - August 2nd — The Dalai-Lama will visit Frankfurt
Tuesday 3 March 2009
His Holiness the Dalai-Lama will visit Frankfurt
from July 30th – August 2nd, 2009
and speak on
“The Art of Living”
Thursday (July 30th) and Friday (July 31st) the Dalai Lama will comment on an important foundational text of Buddhism, “The Middle Stages of Meditation,” by the Indian scholar Kamalashila. This philosophical text, written in the 9th century, is unsurpassed in its thrillingly contemporary, rigorous and pioneering qualities!
It provides answers to the following questions:
What is the mind? How can I cultivate compassion and peace of mind? What does wisdom mean? What is real? What is deceptive? What will help me recognize the essential things in life? How can I live more consciously?
“The Middle Stages of Meditation” thus offer inspiration and guidance for the complexities of daily life in the West, whether one is a Buddhist or not.
The weekend program (August 1st / 2nd) is devoted to the theme: “One World – One Mind – One Heart.”
On Saturday, the Dalai Lama will engage in dialog with selected, internationally recognized personalities from public life on global and personal responsibility, the economy and ethics, as well as on the environment.
On Sunday, His Holiness will speak on “Compassion.” His Holiness and other leading representatives of Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions will then offer ways to a simple and peaceful life in short lectures, meditations and recitations.
The names of the personalities being invited will be announced successively, as soon as their acceptances have been received.
An accompanying program on 30th and 31st July in the evenings are in the planning stages. Also an evening for Tibet on Saturday, August 01st.
Further information will be available soon.
The Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not only the spiritual and secular leader of the Tibetan people, he is also a charismatic ambassador of peace.Born in northern Tibet in1935, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of two, and was brought from his parents’ home to the Potala Palace, the traditional seat of the Dalai Lamas, in 1939. He received his monastic training there, and was also given a comprehensive education in Buddhist philosophy and meditation from the best Tibetan teachers of the time. He assumed office as Tibet’s spiritual and secular head of state at the age of fifteen, but the Chinese invasion and the conflicts that arose from it forced him to flee to India in 1959, where approximately 100,000 Tibetans followed him.
Since that time, the Dalai Lama has sought to improve the fate of the Tibetans remaining in his homeland through many avenues, from his place of exile.The Dalai Lama, who describes himself as “a simple Buddhist monk- nothing more, nothing less,” enjoys world-wide recognition and respect. He imparts basic values such as compassion, tolerance and forgiveness in his lectures and on his visits to many countries around the world, and is actively committed to harmonious relationships among the world’s religions. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his tireless efforts for a non-violent solution to the Tibet issue and for world peace.
The Dalai Lama’s source of inspiration and motivation is a verse by the Buddhist master Shantideva from the 8th century that he often quotes: “As long as space exists, and as long as sentient beings endure, may I, too, abide, to dispel the misery of the world.”