This was the first time I had seen the Dalai Lama in person. In many ways, he seemed exactly the same as he does in YouTube videos. He is a very straightforward person. When he's happy and excited, you can tell. When he's tired and a bit bored, you can also tell. He doesn't hide behind the multiplicity of masks that most of us hide behind. He is such a good and serene person that he has nothing to hide.
His presence didn't feel the way I thought it would. I guess I had many fantasies, but he always acts in a very plain manner. I wouldn't say that I felt disappointed, because I was indeed very happy to see him, but the total effect of seeing him in person was different than what I had expected.
I guess this might parallel the texts I've read which often say that some people find the true nature of mind to be disappointingly ordinary as well when they first encounter it. I see His Holiness' whole being as pointing others towards the true nature of mind and dispelling all misconceptions and fantasies.
One person in the audience asked him about eating meat, and HHDL talked very strongly about the importance of being vegetarian in order to reduce the suffering of animals.
May His Holiness live a long and healthy life for the benefit of all beings, and may Tibet be free!
However to be in the presence of HH is akin to being in the presence of Buddha. It is important to open one's heart as well as mind when receiving teachings on the Dharma. During his talks he is surrounded by a great refuge field. He speaks with the Lion's Roar.
This link from a verifyable Kagyu source identifies the specifics for monks and others behaviors as of 2007.....http://www.rokpafinland.org/talk.htm.
The link at the bottom of the link, sites the karmapa's public statement on the issue.
By the way, I also feel a lot better being vegetarian. I feel more energy, not less. I agree it is much more compassionate to the animals as well, especially considering factory farming methods used nowadays.
To develop bodhichitta, which is the actual practice, you need to develop such compassion that you simply cannot bear others being tormented by suffering. But in order to develop this compassion, you must know exactly how you yourself are plagued by suffering. And you must understand that the whole of samsara is by nature suffering. But first you must fear the lower realms, for without this you will have no repudiation of celestial and human happiness. You must therefore train your mind in the small- and medium- scope parts of the path. -- Pabongka Rinpoche
It's rare in the west (especially in Eastern Europe) to see so many people at a Buddhist event. People had come from all over. Some came from as far away as Canada and Chile to be there.
I should go to more international Buddhist events where I would meet other Buddhists outside my sangha.
swampflower wrote:It is important to open one's heart as well as mind when receiving teachings on the Dharma. During his talks he is surrounded by a great refuge field. He speaks with the Lion's Roar.
You're probably right. I have been quite frustrated for a while because I haven't been able to set up a certain meditation retreat with my sangha members. Perhaps my heart wasn't so open at that time.
I thought His Holiness was at his most radiant at the end of his talks when he stood up and alternately put his hands in the prayer position and waved to the audience members while smiling at everyone. He is so powerful that his happiness easily spreads to over 20,000 people.
Sitting close to him is a very good feeling. It's simply the way life should be.
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