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Old 06-07-2015, 10:13 PM   #163
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Dalai Lama - Glastonbury 2015 ..
The Dalai Lama is a monk of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa.. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso..The Dalai Lama is considered to be the successor in a line of tulkus who are believedto be incarnations of Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion...

Lhamo Döndrub (or Thondup) was born on 6 July 1935 to a farming and horse trading family in the small hamlet of Taktser, at the edges of the traditional Tibetan region of Amdo, which was politically part of the Chinese province of Qinghai.. His family was of Monguor extraction..A search party was sent to locate the new incarnation when the boy who was to become the 14th was about two years old..It is said that, amongst other omens, the head of the embalmed body of the thirteenth Dalai Lama, at first facing south-east, had mysteriously turned to face the northeast—indicating the direction in which his successor would be found...

China is not happy with Glastonbury organisers for inviting the Dalai Lama to give a talk at the festival..Country officials have warned the Eavises that booking the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader is tantamount to offering him a platform to "engage in anti-China splittist activities", Reuters reports..He will be promoting a message of "compassion, non-violence and the oneness of humanity" in the Green Field...

Thubten Gyatso (Tibetan: ཐུབ་བསྟན་རྒྱ་མཚོ་,Thub Bstan Rgya Mtsho; 12 February 1876 – 17 December 1933) was the 13th Dalai Lama of Tibet..The Dalai Lama was born near Sam-ye Monastery, Tak-po province, in 1876 to parents Kunga Rinchen and Lobsang Dolma, a peasant couple..

The 13th Dalai Lama stated before dying:

The Great Liberation...

"Very soon in this land (with a harmonious blend of religion and politics) deceptive acts may occur from without and within. At that time, if we do not dare to protect our territory, our spiritual personalities including the Victorious Father and Son (Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama) may be exterminated without trace, the property and authority of our Lakangs (residences of reincarnated lamas) and monks may be taken away. Moreover, our political system, developed by the Three Great Dharma Kings (Tri Songtsen Gampo, Tri Songdetsen and Tri Ralpachen) will vanish without anything remaining. The property of all people, high and low, will be seized and the people forced to become slaves. All living beings will have to endure endless days of suffering and will be stricken with fear. Such a time will come"..

Thubten Gyatso was an intelligent reformer who proved himself a skillful politician when Tibet became a pawn in The Great Game between the Russian Empire and the British Empire..As a result of his travels and contacts with foreign powers and their representatives (e.g., Pyotr Kozlov, Charles Alfred Bell and Gustaf Mannerheim), the Dalai Lama showed an interest in world affairs and introduced electricity and the telephone to Tibet..

The Tibetan word bardo (བར་དོ་ bar do) means literally "intermediate state"—also translated as "transitional state" or "in-between state" or "liminal state". In Sanskrit the concept has the name antarabhāva..Used loosely, the term "bardo" refers to the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth.. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one's next birth, when one's consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena...The Bardo Thodol is a guide that is read aloud to the dead while they are in the state between death and reincarnation in order for them to recognize the nature of their mind and attain liberation from the cycle of rebirth..The final words of the Bardo Thodol are: "Let virtue and goodness be perfected in every way"..

Renunciation is not getting rid of the things of this world, but accepting that they pass away... always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through, your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown..It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others..Humans prepare for the future all their lives, yet meet the next life totally unprepared...

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