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Dalai Lama receives inaugural Living Peace Award. Shambhal Mountain Center

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(sound of Tibetan horns) (sound of helicopters) The Colorado Rockies, September 2006 His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalia Lama flies to one of the most beautiful peace monuments, The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, at Shambhala Mountain Center. (sound of a helicopter) Before the gathering of 2,500 people His Holiness arrives to bless The Great Stupa and receive the Living Peace Award presented by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, holder of the Shambhala Lineage. (sound of a helicopter) (sound of Tibetan horns) He he (laughter) (sound of Tibetan horns) It is with great privilege and honor that I welcome His Holiness and Her Majesty Queen Noor, who has become a friend in championing compassion and Rabbi Irwin Kula for being here on this day that many of us have been wishing for for many years. In particular at this time the message of peace in the world and how compassion can be a viable means of engaging in the world's problems and issues, obviously is demonstrated in no better way than in His Holiness and many of our esteemed guests here. And I think the theme here today is how compassion and the path of peace is actually the best and most practical way of sustaining the world in mental happiness and the physical preservation of the earth, and in particular how we begin to see the shortsightedness of aggression; that in the long-term aggression does not work; having leaders from all over the world coming together and trying to understand better how we can actually engage in peace. And how that can be a personal individual transformation, which is presented in the teachings of the Buddha and how this becomes more universal. It is my hope that this Stupa becomes a symbol of peace, not just for Buddhists, but for Americans, and for the world as a whole. And I think that is very much the wish of the late Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche who this stupa is dedicated to. And at this point I would like to ask His Holiness to address us and please share some wisdom. The most important -our life, I think, maximum hundred years. I think that you should utilize the meaningful life, purposeful life. I think wealth, fame, these are I think secondary, most important is peace of mind. Peace of mind comes from compassion, compassion, unbiased compassion. Which I think everybody has the seed of that compassion. So therefore it is absolutely important to nurture that seed that all different traditions, religious traditions, like I think ancient Hinduism and Buddhism, of course Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and so on; in spite of different philosophies, I think the real message is same: message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. The Living Peace Award is given to individuals or groups who live peace in their lives and thus inspire others. The Great Stupa is the symbol of this award. It is a sacred monument dedicated to peace. Nestled in the Colorado Rockies, the stupa is also a symbol of the longing of countless Americans for peace, at home and abroad. Peace is not a choice for some; it is imperative for all. It is the only way forward for humanity and our planet. In these times of unrelenting conflict when America is so often associated in people's minds with aggressive acts, it must be seen and understood that there are many Americans who hold to the fundamental values of a nation proclaiming peace, liberty and justice for all. They share this aspiration with peoples of all countries and cultures. Aggression often seems the most direct and expedient way to solve a problem, but it is fundamentally unstable and will never last. Peace is fundamentally strong and long lasting. This peace award acknowledges those who not only wish for peace, but who are an embodiment of peace in themselves, living it daily. Through their determination, they have decided to follow the way of peace, not aggression. They are an inspiration to all of us: those of us who have suffered directly or indirectly as a result of war or aggression, as well as those who face any form of hardship or sacrifice. The first recipient of the Living Peace Award is His Holiness, Tendzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Through his personal example in the face of overwhelming suffering; through his profound inner cultivation as one who travels the path to enlightenment; through the love he has awakened in the hearts of human beings the world over -- of all faiths and cultures -- and through his tireless efforts to bring humanity into harmony with itself and with our precious planet. His Holiness has become an indelible reminder to the entire world of what it truly means to live peace. (clapping) So it is with great pleasure that I offer His Holiness the Living Peace Award and to offer this on this day where the Stupa becomes a symbol of peace for America, and to encourage others, by the example of His Holiness, to live in accordance with peace and thus embodying what His Holiness has just mentioned about being active and engaging. It is with great privilege that I offer this and wishing His Holiness to accept it. Thank you. (clapping) ooh yeah. Thank you. Thank you. (laughter) (clapping) (inaudible) (laughter) Thank you. Thank you.

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Duration: 10 minutes and 16 seconds
Year: 2008
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: hmaclaren on Aug 29, 2010

Dalai Lama receives inaugural Living Peace Award. Shambhala Mountain Center
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Matt Mulder, Keri Mullin, Ethan Neville, Jennifer Pund, Richard Reoch and Nat Roman, Daniel Sandra.

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