Tuesday, October 03, 2006

HHDL Ends His Month-Long Teachings and Public Talks Abroad

As reported by Phayul.com; October 3, 2006

By Tenzin Dickyi

New Delhi -- The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, began his visit to the United States this September which took him around five cities [San Francisco, Bloomington, Washington D.C., NY City and Boston], finally came to an end.

He also visisted Canada this early September.

It was the Dalai Lama's 15th visit to the United States. His various teachings and public talks during these visit has marked tremendous impact on the audiences as well as has left behind reasons to change their lives in a good way for many.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was bestowed with the title of an ‘Honorary Canadian Citizen’ by the Canadian House of Commons on 7th of September this year. His Holiness was the third non-Canadian to receive this honor, the other two being Raoul Wallenberg in 1985 and Nelson Mandela in 2001.

Considering His Holiness as one of the world's greatest religious leaders who has used human compassion, courage and conviction as his tools in carving a path for peace, the House of Representative of USA passed a Bill to award His Holiness with the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honour this September.

After the three-day teachings in New York city from 23 to 25 September, His Holiness addressed the concluding session of the 20th annual conference on women at the Long Beach Convention Center in Los Angeles.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver hosted the California Governor and First Lady's Conference on Women, the largest and the most dynamic one-day gathering of women in US.

Shriver who personally traveled to India in early August to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and extended a formal invitation to speak at the conference and His Holiness the Dalai Lama has accepted the invitation.

His Holiness concluded his month long tour in Helsinki, Finland on 30th September. Speaking on the topic, A Human Approach to World Peace, His Holiness spoke extempore to an audience of people from all walks of life. His Holiness said that as a fellow human being he feels that it is also his duty to promote human values, such as warm-heartedness, and that as a religious person he has the responsibility to promote inter-religious harmony.

The session ended on a warm appreciative and grateful note from the audiences.

His Holiness is expected to reach Dharamsala today. Following this, His Holiness will give a teaching at the Buddha Jayanti Park on the occasion of the 2550th Buddha Jayanti Celebrations being organized by Tibet House New Delhi on 8th October 2006.