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Hear Teachings of the Dalai Lama
Simon Felix Michalski,
the Dalai Lama
Bloomington, IN -- November 5, 2007 --- His Holiness, the Dalai
Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, was in Bloomington
IN from October 23-27. The opening Interfaith Prayer Service was
hosted by St. Paul Catholic Center, staffed by Dominican friars
of the Central Province. Dominican friars from the Central and
Southern Provinces as well as Dominican sisters from three congregations
(Adrian, Blauvelt, Racine) participated and afterwards joined the
Dalai Lama at lunch along with Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist monks
and nuns and the abbots of Gethsemene and St. Meinrad's.
Lama was in Bloomington at the invitation of the Tibetan Mongolian
Buddhist Cultural Center there. Brother Benedict Baer, OP, of St.
Paul's Dominican Community, was on the planning committee for the
Don Goergen, OP (St. Albert) said, "The interfaith prayer service
was moving, with representatives from all traditions, the music
marvelous. The teachings of the Dalai Lama were substantive and
required some background in Buddhism. They were given through a
translator who was excellent. They made us aware of both the many
things we have in common as well as some of the differences."
Goergen said that
Dalai Lama was extremely gracious in reaching out to Christians
present."Being accepted so intimately into the circle of Buddhist
monks who came from as far as Mongolia for the teachings, and being
recipients of their respect, is what remains a permanent impression," he
The three days were given over to teachings at Indiana
University by His Holiness based on Atisha's Lamp for the Path
to Enlightenment. The Dominican sisters and more than a dozen friars
remained and attended the teachings. They were also welcomed to
sit with the Buddhist monks and nuns. The Dalai Lama emphasized
the value of interfaith dialogue, the importance of everyone's
being attentive to their own traditions, and then focused on the
Buddhist path grounded in morality, meditation, wisdom and compassion.
On Wednesday evening, as part of the program, Brother Scott Steinkerchner,
OP, of the Central Province, who teaches at Aquinas Institute,
gave a public lecture on Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa sect
of Tibetan Buddhism, the tradition practiced by the Dalai Lama.
On the final day His Holiness gave a public lecture on compassion
as the source of peace.
Hospitality for the sisters and visiting friars was provided
by the St. Paul Community and parish.
the time of St Dominic, more than 800 years ago, Dominicans have been
living and sharing
the message of the Gospel. Today thousands of sisters, nuns, priests,
and laity serve in more than 100 countries around the globe