Program on February 8th, 2015

Avalokiteshvera Initiation (chenresig jigten wangchuk wang)

8 February 2015, 08:30 - 11:30

Avalokiteshvara (tib. Chenresig) particularly embodies compassion of a Buddha indiscriminately directed at all sentient beings. In this ritual intended especially for practicing Buddhists, the Dalai Lama transmits the blessings of Avalokiteśvara.

This ritual is a prerequisite in order to subsequently meditate on this deity. Through this meditation the participants can develop their compassion and further strengthen it in their daily practice.

This ritual is particularly intended for Buddhists, especially students of the Dalai Lama. Of course, Non-Buddhists are also invited to attend exempt from any obligations.

Avalokitesvara embodies the great compassion of the Buddha. The Dalai Lama will give the initiation into this Buddha on the last day.

Secular Ethics for today’s world

8 February 2015, 13:30 - 15:30

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has often said that in today’s secular world, religion alone is no longer adequate as a basis for ethics… any religion-based answer to the problem of our neglect of inner values can never be universal, and so will be inadequate. What we need today is an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion and can be equally acceptable to those with faith and those without: a secular ethics.

We need our education system to broaden its remit and in addition to impart knowledge to sharpen the brain, to encourage the development of a warm heart.