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Default UUA President Meets with the Dalai Lama (:"Thank you. We need every help") (psychology numbers religion science sense)


UUA President Meets with the Dalai Lama (:"Thank you. We need every help")

Venerable Sir or Lady

May we and all our relatives be safe and secure
May we and all our relatives be happy at heart
May we and all our relatives want to prevent and abandon doings that lead to
someones downfall.
May we and all our relatives want to do doings that lead to blessings.

Blessed Be everyone and merry meet.

Itivuttaka 100. {Iti IV.1; Iti 101} *
This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "I
am a brahman, responsive to requests, open-handed, bearing my last body, an
unsurpassed doctor & surgeon. You are my children, my sons, born from my
mouth, born of the Dhamma, created by the Dhamma, heirs to the Dhamma, not
heirs in material things.
"There are these two kinds of gifts: a gift of material things & a gift of
the Dhamma. Of the two, this is supreme: a gift of the Dhamma. "
"There are these two kinds of sharing: sharing of material things & sharing
of the Dhamma. Of the two, this is supreme: sharing of the Dhamma. "
"There are these two kinds of assistance: assistance with material things &
assistance with the Dhamma. Of the two, this is supreme: help with the
Dhamma. "
"There are these two kinds of mass-donations: a mass-donation of material
things & a mass-donation of the Dhamma. Of the two, this is supreme: a
mass-donation of the Dhamma."
This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said and in regard to this was
it said;
He who, unstinting,
made the mass-donation of Dhamma,
the Tathagata,
sympathetic to all beings:
to one of that sort
-- the best of beings, human & divine --
living beings pay homage --
to one gone
to the beyond
of becoming.
This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said and in regard to this was
it said.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/khuddaka/iti/iti4.html

UUA President Meets with the Dalai Lama

(Boston, September 13, 2003) UUA president William Sinkford met privately
with His Holiness the Dalai Lama last Saturday morning in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, during the Dalai Lama's four-day visit to the Boston area.
Sinkford's twenty-five minute conversation with the Dalai Lama, the
religious leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the political leader of the
government of Tibet-in-exile, covered issues of international relations,
spirituality, and the relationship of Buddhism and Western scientific
empiricism.

Sinkford began the meeting with the ceremonial offering of a kata, a Tibetan
scarf, to the Dalai Lama who accepted it and later ritually returned it to
Sinkford. After welcoming the Dalai Lama to Boston and thanking him for
making time in his very busy schedule for this meeting, Sinkford described
the diversity of theological perspectives within Unitarian Universalism, its
support for its members on their spiritual journeys, and the growing numbers
of UUs who follow Buddhist spiritual practices. The Dalai Lama replied that
this was "a good thing.because there are many paths. Keep doing that." When
Sinkford mentioned the UUA's 2000 Action of Immediate Witness in support of
the Dalai Lama and a free Tibet, the Dalai Lama said, "Thank you. We need
every help."

The Dalai Lama said that he understood that Unitarian Universalists "try to
bring people together," and Sinkford confirmed this by describing his trip
to Amman, Jordan, last May as part of the World Conference on Religion and
Peace (WCRP) interfaith delegation that met with Iraqi religious leaders.
The Dalai Lama expressed interest in other WCRP activities, and Sinkford
promised to forward this information to the Office of Tibet in New York
City. Both religious leaders noted the pain and suffering caused by the
violence in the Middle East, and the Dalai Lama advised that "change must
start in the human heart." Agreeing with him, Sinkford added that this
change starts when "people are brought into relationship with one another,
when they reach out across the differences that usually divide them."

Knowing that the Dalai Lama was participating later that day in a conference
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigating the physiology of
meditation, Sinkford applauded the Dalai Lama's courage in agreeing to be
part of the study. The Dalai Lama chuckled at this and admitted that some of
his advisors counseled against his participation because, according to them,
"science tries to kill religion." But he felt that Buddhism had much to
offer Western empiricism, especially in the fields of "cosmology, quantum
physics, neurobiology, and psychology." "Buddhism is not theistic," he said,
"but neither is it anti-God. I think Buddhism is a science of the mind.
Perhaps we can be a bridge between religion and science."

The conversation between Sinkford and the Dalai Lama, who is revered by his
followers as the 14th reincarnation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, was
punctuated several times by laughter. At one point, the Dalai Lama related
the story of a Buddhist monk who married a Western woman. "He chose another
path," laughed the Dalai Lama.

Minutes after the meeting ended, the Dalai Lama was escorted by his staff
and government security personnel through the hotel lobby and into a waiting
SUV for the short trip to MIT for the scientific conference. Noting that, as
far as is known, he was the only religious leader to have a private meeting
with the Dalai Lama while he was in Boston, Sinkford said, "I consider it a
blessing that the Dalai Lama saw fit to make time in his schedule to meet
with me. He is completely unpretentious, but it is impossible to be in his
presence without sensing his serenity and compassion. And he has a wonderful
sense of humor as well."

Sinkford was accompanied to the meeting by Tsering Wongmo, a Tibetan who
works in the UUA's office of information and public witness. Wongmo
emigrated to the United States from India in 1992 and lived for three months
with a UU host family from First Parish in Framingham, MA. "I am so very
grateful to Rev. Bill Sinkford for inviting me to this private audience. It
is the dream of every Tibetan to meet the Dalai Lama, and my family and
friends will be thrilled to hear that I attended a private audience with
him. This is the highpoint of my life. Nothing is better."

The meeting between Sinkford and the Dalai Lama was arranged between the UUA
's office of information and public witness and the Office of Tibet in New
York City with invaluable assistance from Gail Henrie, a UU Buddhist from
Indianapolis, IN. For more information on Unitarian Universalism and
Buddhism, visit the website of the UU Buddhist Fellowship .

The Dalai Lama's Sunday night appearance before 14,000 spectators at the
Fleet Center in Boston was emceed by the Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie, senior
minister of the Arlington Street Church which sponsors a Zen Center. For
more information see http://www.ascboston.org/ascenter/zencen.html .

Well as a psychiatric patient or as a person with a sick mind do I have
weakness in all of this. Especially with this guy. Never the less as a
Unitarian Universalist to be (this afternoon; fall-equanox) does it seem
best to acknowledge the dignity and worth in everyone. I just have different
ideas about righteousness though.

May all beings be safe and secure
May all beings be happy at heart
May all beings want to prevent and abandon doings that lead to someones
downfall.
May all beings want to do doings that lead to blessings.

with mudita
Ratana Mata

Blessed Be everyone
Merry part and perhaps ...
merry meet again.
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