As part of the celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 87th birthday, a special photographic-exhibition will be on public display in central London next month. On 6th July 1935, Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama was born in Taktser, Amdo province in north-eastern Tibet.
This special photographic-exhibition aims to highlight the emergence of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s Four Principal Commitments.
Organised by the Tibet House Trust and the Office of Tibet, the exhibition will be held at The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL from Thursday, 7th July | 10am to Sunday, 10th July | 7pm. It is open to the public for four days.
Organisers have also planned fringe events during the course of the exhibition in the evenings when eminent Buddhist scholars will give public talks. There will be children-focus activities on Saturday, 9th July.
Visitors will have the opportunity to take pictures with a life-size cut-picture of The Dalai Lama, try on Tibetan traditional costumes and play with traditional Tibetan musical instruments.
His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche, Lineage Holder of Shangpa Kagyu, will give a talk on Religious Harmony on Thursday 7th July from 6pm to 7pm.
Venerable Geshe Tenzin Namdak, Resident Teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre will give public talk on Compassion and Warm Heartedness on Friday, 8th July from 6pm to 7pm.
On Saturday, 9th July from 11am to 1pm, there will be Children’s hands-on activities.
(Please see the posters for further details.)
All the events are free, however, attendees are requested to register via the EventBrite.
The Four Principal Commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Firstly, as a human being, His Holiness is concerned with encouraging people to be happy – helping them understand that if their minds are upset mere physical comfort will not bring them peace, but if their minds are at peace even physical pain will not disturb their calm. He advocates the cultivation of warm-heartedness and human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. He says that as human beings we are all the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who have no religious belief can benefit if they incorporate these human values into their lives. His Holiness refers to such human values as secular ethics or universal values. He is committed to talking about the importance of such values and sharing them with everyone he meets.
Secondly, as a Buddhist monk, His Holiness is committed to encouraging harmony among the world’s religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences between them, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognise the value of their respective traditions. The idea that there is one truth and one religion is relevant to the individual practitioner. However, with regard to the wider community, he says, there is a need to recognise that human beings observe several religions and several aspects of the truth.
Thirdly, His Holiness is a Tibetan and as the ‘Dalai Lama’ is the focus of the Tibetan people’s hope and trust. Therefore, he is committed to preserving Tibetan language and culture, the heritage Tibetans received from the masters of India’s Nalanda University, while also speaking up for the protection of Tibet’s natural environment.
In addition, His Holiness has lately spoken of his commitment to reviving awareness of the value of ancient Indian knowledge among young Indians today. His Holiness is convinced that the rich ancient Indian understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions, as well as the techniques of mental training, such as meditation, developed by Indian traditions, are of great relevance today. Since India has a long history of logic and reasoning, he is confident that its ancient knowledge, viewed from a secular, academic perspective, can be combined with modern education. He considers that India is, in fact, specially placed to achieve this combination of ancient and modern modes of knowing in a fruitful way so that a more integrated and ethically grounded way of being in the world can be promoted within contemporary society.
Tibetan Community in Britain celebrates His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 87th Birthday – Annual Event
On Saturday, 9th July 2022, the Tibetan Community in Britain are organising His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 87th Birthday Celebration at The Old Town Hall, Stratford. New Venue: 29 The Broadway, London, E15 4BQ. (For full details, please check the poster below.)