The Dalai Lama travelled from Rochester, NY, to Minneapolis to speak to the Tibetan community there. They had arranged for him to speak to about 3000 people in the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The Dalai Lama, now 80 years old, is in the US for treatment of his prostate. He spoke to well-wishers this past Sunday assuring them that he is doing well. In his own inimitable style he is quoted:
Most of the time, I just eat, sleep, and rest. I do my regular prayers for four hours in the morning and one hour in the evening, and in between I read my Buddhist texts and have a good time,” he said.
He entered the facility in January.
The Buddhist beliefs state that each Dalai Lama is a reincarnation. Interestingly the Chinese government which has persecuted people for merely possessing a photo of him denies the reincarnation beliefs as nonsense, while at the same time forbidding him to do so and if he does reincarnate he must do it in China.
His lecture to the US Tibetan community centered on striving to achieve harmony with others. He also spoke about religious tolerance. His third main topic was the state of Tibet’s environment. He expressed concern that its fragile nature be respected.
Meanwhile in Tibet, the persecution of monks continues. A monk in Tibet was arrested seven months ago for possessing and distributing a photo of the Dalai Lama. He was sentenced to two years in prison. The PRC authorities forbid pictures of the Dalai Lama in the Tibetan area. The monk was charged with undermining social stability and actions aimed at splitting the country. China took over the formerly independent country in 1951.
A series of self-immolations started in Tibet in 2009. Harsh crackdowns on witnesses and restricted reporting of the practice has restricted accurate information. Word sometimes leaks out. As of September 2015, 143 people have set themselves on fire to protest the ongoing occupation of their country.
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