Jairo M.
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 1,340
Tibetan Buddhism is making great contributions to our understanding of the mind, the subtle body, and is encouraging us with technologies for taming and training our body, speech and mind. Consider it a form of continuous self psychotherapy but without the danger of getting stuck. Find a Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center or group in your area.

I hope you take time to explore the following links and topics. [Well some of the events are past, but the websites have ongoing events scheduled in their calendars. Example: Visit
http://MeditationInOrlando.org/­ and look for Calendar ]

A panel discussion of Tibetan Buddhism in the Modern Academy This video recording has excellent information from several renowned authors, scholars and practitioners who are involved in various fields of study. Event took place in Emory University in 2010. An hour and a half long, may be boring at times for most unfamiliar with the subjects, but many good points brought up. Mostly concerning bringing Buddha Dharma to the West.

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation Class Every Thursday in Winter Park (Note that the link is to a past meetup but it is ongoing and it is not necessary to RSVP. Recently the Buddhist nun has cancelled this class until further notice, perhaps she will bring it back in the summer) Join Brazilian-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Ani Chime every Thursday as she presents various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism such as Tantric practices, the mind and depth psychology, Dream Yoga and dream interpretation, and various meditation techniques. The book Open Secrets, A guide to Tibetan Buddhism, by Walter Truet Anderson, is recommended, as well as Journey Into Emptness, Dogen, Merton, Jung and the Quest for Transformation, by Robert Jingten Gunn.

[A past event that went well]
A Warm Heart in a Cold World -- An all day workshop February 26 on simple meditations to experience boundless affecton for all creatures Although the sangha and dharma center where this is being held (Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Center on 813 Montana St Orlando Fl) prefers not to call itself a Tibetan Buddhist center, it may be categorized as a Dharma center espousing Tibetan Buddhism without the Tibetan culture, carefully interpreting and presenting Buddhadharma for Americans and Europeans in such a way that practical applications can be carried out immediately and integrated into daily modern life. Nevertheless, Indian Mahayana-Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism was preserved in Tibet and came to the west through various masters, and, for the New Kadampa Buddhist tradition, it was introduced to the West through Tibetan monk-scholar-meditation master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, first to England in the 70s, further refined there in the 80s, and 90s, and spread to many European countries, various large cities in the US, eventually to Florida this century, resulting in several outstanding Buddhist centers, including Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist center in Orlando, and the Kadampa Meditation Center and Florida World Peace Temple in Sarasota, a beautiful temple for retreats and events such as Buddhist empowerments for Buddhists in all Florida. The New Kadampa Buddhist organization has planted the seeds and nurtured the growth of over a thousand Dharma Centers and Branches around the world, and has the ambition of building large Buddhist temples in or near all major cities. In the US, there is one large Temple in New York, north of the city. In Brazil the Brazilians have built the largest of the Kadampa temples.

There will be an empowerment of the Medicine Buddha at the Florida World Peace Temple in Sarasota February 11 and 12. Medicine Buddha empowerment provides you with knowledge and meditation techniques to develop your healing power for yourself and others. "The practice of Medicine Buddha is a very powerful method for healing ourself and others, and for overcoming the inner sickness of attachment, hatred, and ignorance. If we rely upon Medicine Buddha with pure faith we shall definitely receive the blessings of these attainments." -- Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

In Longwood there is a small Tibetan Buddhism Dharma Center of the Nyngma tradition held in a lovely home with practice every Wednesday, but if you are not familiar with the various practices it may be too much for first timers.

Just south east of downtown Orlando there is the Tibetan Buddhist practice center of the Karma Kagyu lineage under the patronage of H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and introduced to many western students by Denmark-born Lama Ole Nydahl. at the home of Vanessa. Her meetup group is called Diamond Way Buddhist Group of Orlando

And lastly, you will find in Davenport, FL, the home of Tibetan Buddhist nun Ani Chime (Angela Harkavy) and Dharma center known as the Drikung Dharmatara Ling Center

A teaching given by meditation retreat master Drupon Thinley Nyingpo Rinpoche

There may be other Tibetan Buddhist centers I forgot to mention or I am not aware of in Central Florida. There are three centers in the Tampa Bay area that are often worth driving to for special events. For certain Tibetan Lamas or teachers and special empowerments I have traveled as far north as Atlanta Geargia, west to Tallahassee, south to Ft Lauderdale and Sarasota.

And for general introduction to Mahayana Buddhism, please don't hesistate to visit the beautiful Guang Ming temple in south east orlando, north of the airport, on Hoffner Ave. Visit OrlandoBuddhism.Org­

I am encouraging all to take time to explore and learn the mental technologies or yogas from Tibetan Buddhism. Don't worry, you may keep your current faith or lack thereof.

Om Mani Padme Hum,


Jairo M.
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 1,357
A great video for learning the characters and sounds and alphabet of the Tibetan language. Why learn Tibetan when it is only spoken by several million people spread over the world, and mainly found in Tibet, a region that is now dominated by communist China which seems to be drowning out its culture by swamping it with Chinese people?

Jairo M.
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 1,358
There will soon be very few highly trained Tibetan Lamas. The Tibetan language will probably go the way of the Navajo language and culture, and other cultures (Aztecs, Incas, Mayans,etc.). Only a few monasteries in India are trying to revive the culture and language. Don't think it is being kept up. It will be lost unless we Western students of Tibetan Buddhism and culture strive to study it.

The website http://chinatibet.peo...­ gives official information from Communist China saying that Tibet and Tibetan Language is part of China and Chinese culture. And that China has done a great job of preserving Tibetan Language and Culture. And that it peacefully took over Tibet and freed it's people from the evil domination of the Dalai Lama and his feudal dark ages government style.

I. Learning, Use and Development of the Spoken and Written Tibetan Languages

A member of the Han-Tibetan language family, Tibetan has been an important tool of communication for the people in Tibet over thousands of years, and an important symbol and carrier of Tibetan culture. It holds a special position among the diverse languages and cultures of the Chinese nation. For over a half century, the Chinese government has attached great importance to guaranteeing the Tibetan people's right to learn and use the Tibetan language, both the spoken and written, and has made huge efforts in promoting the learning, use and development of it, registering major progress.

The learning and use of the spoken and written Tibetan languages are guaranteed by law. The Constitution of the People's Republic of China and the Law on Ethnic Regional Autonomy both clearly prescribe that all ethnic minorities have the freedom to use and develop their own spoken and written languages. The Tibet Autonomous Region issued and implemented the Several Provisions of the Tibet Autonomous Region on the Learning, Use and Development of Tibetan (Trial) in 1987 and the Detailed Rules for the Implementation of Several Provisions of the Tibet Autonomous Region on the Learning, Use and Development of Tibetan (Trial) in 1988, specifying that equal importance is given to both Tibetan and Chinese in Tibet, with priority given to Tibetan. In 2002, the Tibet Autonomous Region revised the above provisions for trial implementation into the Provisions of the Tibet Autonomous Region on the Learning, Use and Development of Tibetan, providing a reliable legal guarantee in this respect. To promote this work, in 1988 the Language Steering Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region was set up, later renamed the Language Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Tibetan language translation institutes have been established in all prefectures (cities) and counties. At present there are over 100 Tibetan language translation institutes and nearly 1,000 specialists in translation and relevant work in Tibet.


The website is critical of the Dalai Lama and his government in exile by saying that the Dalai side wants to bring back the old feudal system to Tibet.
What the Dalai side asked for was absolute religious freedom which was not bound by law. They asked to manage monasteries and enroll monks and nuns according to "religious tradition" and "religious rules", which, in fact, meant that they wanted to resume the old "religion first" regime led by the Dalai before Tibet's democratic reform. Then, Tibet had 2,676 monasteries and 120,000 monks and nuns, accounting for one tenth of Tibet's total population.

Monasteries, which owned more than one third of the means of production in Tibet, sustained the Tibetan feudal serfdom as one of the three major estate-holders. The other two were local bureaucrats and nobles.

The old regime didn't benefit Tibet. Instead, it impeded Tibet's social development. According to the Tibetan Annals written in the Qing Dynasty, Tibet had a total population of 1.3 million in 1737. During the following 200 years, Tibet's population didn't increase. Instead, it declined to 1 million in 1951.

Its economic situation was even worse. In 1951, Tibet was still a feudal serfdom with no modern industries and education. What the situation would be if the old system were restored in Tibet in which one tenth of the population were monks and nuns? By 2007, Tibet recorded a population of 2.83 million. If 280,000 people were monks or nuns and did not work, the pressure on laymen to support them would be crippling.

Education is the foundation for social development. Article 2 of the Law on Compulsory Education says, "Compulsory education is the education which is implemented uniformly by the state and shall be received by all school-age children and adolescents. It is a public welfare cause that shall be guaranteed by the state."

Article 4 says, "All children and adolescents who have the nationality of the People's Republic of China and have reached the school age shall have equal right and have the obligation to receive compulsory education, regardless of gender, nationality, race, status of family property, religion, belief, etc."

And Article 5 stipulates, "The people's governments at all levels and their relevant departments shall perform all functions as described by this Law and shall ensure the right to compulsory education of all school-age children and adolescents. The parents or other statutory guardians of school-age children and adolescents shall ensure that school-age children and adolescents go to school to receive and complete compulsory education."

The Dalai side's claim of enrolling any number of monks and nuns or age group in accordance with Buddhist monastic tradition violated the Law on Compulsory Education and will not help improve social development.

Currently, religious followers in China enjoy full freedom of religious belief. Almost all Tibetan Buddhists have scripture halls or Buddha statue niches at home, and they can invite monks to hold scripture recitation and religious ceremonies at home. Lhasa receives more than 1 million Buddhist followers annually, and the Jokhang Monastery is full of believers worshipping or rolling their prayer wheels.

By denying the fact that the Tibetan people enjoy freedom of religious belief and asking for an amendment to the Constitution with so-called 'international standard', the Dalai side is attempting to restore theocracy in Tibet.

The author is a researcher with the China Tibetology Research Center

Source: China Daily
Jairo M.
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 1,359
So imagine the US keeping Iraq instead of giving it back to its people. Even though Iraq is so far away, the US would make all Iraquis US citizens. But would it also call the Iraquis an American ethnic group? Now take a look at the website [ http://chinatibet.peo...­ ] mentioned in the previous post. The Chinese empire now talks about Tibetans as a Chinese Ethnic group. The Tibetans and Tibetan culture is a totally different culture, so it is not correct to say that Tibetan is a Chinese ethnic group, except because they [the centralized Chinese governmet] can, and no one has the power to stop them from doing so.

Nevertheless we should applaud the Chinese effort to preserve Tibetan culture, as suggested in the following:

Since the 1980s, the state has allocated a huge amount of funds to protectively repair key cultural relics sites in Tibet, restoring and opening a large group of key historical sites to the public. In the last two decades of the 20th century, the Central People's Government invested more than 300 million yuan to help Tibet renovate and open to the public over 1,400 monasteries, and to conduct scientific excavations of such Neolithic sites as Karup in Qamdo, Chokong in Lhasa, and Trango in Shannan Prefecture, thus filling blanks in the archeological studies of prehistoric Tibet. Key protection and repair measures have been adopted for the Jokhang Temple, the monasteries of Tashilhunpo, Sakya, Samye, Champa Ling, Shalu and Palkhor Chode, Mount Dzong (Dzongri) Anti-British Monument in Gyangze County, and the Norbulingka. In particular, from 1989 to 1994 the Central People's Government allocated 55 million yuan and a great amount of gold, silver and other precious materials for the renovation of the Potala Palace. In 2001, a special fund of 330 million yuan was apportioned to repair the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka and the Sakya Monastery. During 2006-2010, the central government has allocated 570 million yuan for the repair and protection of 22 key cultural relics sites in Tibet. Such a colossal investment and large-scale renovation were unprecedented in China's history of cultural relics protection. In recent years, the China Association for the Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture and other non-governmental organizations have come into being, and are playing a vigorous role in promoting the protection of Tibetan culture as well as its development.

However, keep in mind that the communist Chinese killed a million Tibetans and practically all the monasteries were flattened out before the change of the eighties as mentioned above. The website mentions that the Tibetan population was over a million in the 18th century and it didn't grow so that by the 1950s it was still in the millions. But it doesn't mention that to overtake Tibet in the 60s, the Chinese murdered a million, so that means the population is gone. Actually there must be some 6 million Tibetans, but that may be a worldwide count.

Jairo M.
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 1,360
Invasion and Subjugation

The Chinese army invaded Tibet in 1949. After an abortive national rebellion against Chinese rule in 1959, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet's head of state and spiritual leader, and some 80,000 Tibetans fled their country into exile. By 1997, this number had reached 130,000. By the mid 1980s, over 1.2 million Tibetans died of starvation, forced labor and execution; thousands of Tibetans were imprisoned and tortured for their beliefs; and all but a handful of Tibet's 6,000 monasteries were destroyed.

A Minority in Their Own Land

Since the early 1980s, China's policy of encouraging Chinese immigration to Tibet has become the single greatest threat to Tibetan culture. Chinese in Tibet now outnumber Tibetans 7.5 to 6 million. Of more than 12,000 shops in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, fewer than 300 are Tibetan-owned. China's 1992 economic "opening" of Tibet to foreign development is creating jobs for Chinese immigrants, jobs for which Tibetans are not trained, and further economically marginalizing Tibetans.

Jairo M.
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 1,381
A Tibetan Lama (Ven Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche) will be teaching on the “Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind from Samsara.”
Saturday, March 3, 2012 7pm-9pm
Sunday, March 4, 2012 10am-12:30pm

$30 per day

Location: 655 Wildmere Ave., Longwood, FL

Call (407) 830-4458 for more info


Listen to the Tibetan Lama who is appearing tonight and tomorrow here in the Orlando area (Longwood)

Jairo M.
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 1,489
So what is the soul? Well in Tibetan Buddhism, the language of the soul is focused on talking about the mind and the heart. And the mind is said to be located in the heart region. I suspect they are talking about one of the chakras in that area. Physically we know that the heart organ is located off center to our left side of the chest. The heart chakra, I believe, is imagined to be located near the spine and at the center. And there are various descriptions given about how many petals or lights radiate from it, and to visualize it spinning. Anyway, the key is that it is a very important point of concentration in Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices. I try to visualize the color blue. Meanwhile, the throat area holds a chakra that governs speech, and its color is red. And the skull area has the center or chakra governing the body, and its color is white. So in Tibetan Buddhist meditations I try to visualize those three colors at those three locations: Red at the throat area, White at the skull (I like to imagine at the third eye between the two eyes), and Blue at the heart center. And I like to draw connecting lines of those colors to holy beings. This visualization often forms part of a Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice. Now the least of the benefits is that it gives the restless mind something to focus on. But I think that also it is beginning to open up centers of consciousness that are usually dormant. And I wish that it helps in connecting me with great holy beings, or at least with people who have been practicing longer and have attained certain perfections. And my meditation practice is helped by coming close to those beings. I look for special beings whenever they come to my area. Well, at least to Central Florida. This means that sometimes I have to travel a little farther than I would like to, but it is often worth it, and it brings me together with other folks who appreciate the Buddhist path.

I would like to mention a special event coming up in case someone ends up reading this.
In a small place called Wesley Chapel Florida there is a house dedicated to teachings and practices and this coming weekend they have a special teacher visiting the area so I suspect many folks around the area are pretty excited about this event. And this is not an ordinary teacher. And this is not an ordinary teaching. And this is not an ordinary event. It is gong to be a Tantric Buddhist empowerment. The teacher is called Gape Lama. His fuller name is Lama Thupten Nima. Here is more info on him http://www.thubtennim...­

Here is the link to this event: http://www.meetup.com...­

Gape Lama will be bestowing a VAJRAKILAYA EMPOWERMENT Saturday Morning from 10 AM until Noon.
Vajrakilaya Teaching from 2 PM until 5 PM
"For people who are new to the process of empowerment you should know that you will be given a drink of water. You
take the water in your cupped hands, with the left hand on top of the right hand. Then sip it and
swirl it in your mouth. At the time you drink this water, you should visualize and experience all your
obscurations and negativities as purified by this water. This way you enter the precincts of this
empowerment as purified. What happens now is that a torma, a ritual cake made of parched barley
flour is offered up to all the countervailing forces that might hover around the area of the initiation.
This means either human or non-human obstructers. They are offered the cake as a symbol of
whatever they need or want. Thereby they become satiated and filled. The torma is offered not only
offered in a simple way, with mantra, mudra and samadhi. When the torma is offered, the obstructers
rejoice and depart. In Vajrayana Buddhism, this done in a way that seems external. What it
symbolizes is that one’s own mindsets that are contaminated by anger, aversion, or hatred are
pacified. Thereby no obstructions will arise during the empowerment. In requesting and entering the
empowerment mandala of Vajrakilaya, you should set your motivation, first and foremost, as being
not just for yourself, but in order to gain the capacity to liberate all sentient beings. Let your altruistic
aspiration be the liberation of all sentient beings from their sufferings. The process you are about to
experience is called empowerment, or initiation . It is a key element to the practices of Vajrayana
Buddhism. The initiation is necessary to practice. Just as perfume essences are ground from various
substances and made into oils, if they are not ground and made into oils there will be no scent. A
master who has received the empowerment himself from an intact lineage must transmit
empowerment. Here the lineage that Gape Lama received, and from which He is transmitting the
empowerment to us today, is without break." Read more in the pdf document http://www.dharma-med...­

"One of the special methods of Tibetan Buddhism is that of the deity. The Buddhist deity appears not as an entity separate from ourselves, but rather as a manifestation of our own potential. The entire purpose of the deity is to show who we can become. The essence of the deity is love, so when we generate loving-kindness and compassion for others, we literally connect to the mindstream of the deity. With a mind of love, then, deity practice becomes a powerful method of transformation for ourselves and the world."

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