(TibetanReview.net, Nov03, 2014) – Continuing his tour of the United States after trips to Birmingham and Princeton, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Oct 30 gave a religious teaching and took part in the 2nd International Symposium for Contemplative Studies (ISCS) the next day, both in Boston. He also took part in two panel discussions and gave a public addressed requested by the Tibetan community in the city and met with a US Senator and two city mayors.
The religious teaching was requested by the Prajna Upadesa Foundation, which was established in 2009 by a community of Vietnamese Buddhists interested in the Nalanda tradition. He was greeted by a capacity crowd of 3500, including monastics and many Vietnamese and Tibetans, as he entered the Wang Theater for the Performing Arts, which is part of the Citi Performing Arts Center. The teaching was given on the ‘Eight Verses for Training the Mind’, a root text written by the ancient Tibetan Buddhist master Geshe Langri Thangpa and which deals with the conventional and ultimate minds of the awakening mind of Bodhichitta.
Some 1,700 people from 23 countries attended the symposium on contemplative studies.
Later in the afternoon, the Dalai Lama participated in two panels under the theme ‘Change-Makers for a Better World’ organized by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Kresge Auditorium, MIT. The first panel examined Equitable Solutions for a Changing World with focus on climate change. The second one was on ‘Start a Spark’ and featured youth in conversation with the Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama concluded his Boston visit Nov 1 with a public talk on “Educating the Heart and Mind” at the TD Garden organized by the Tibetan Association of Boston.
The public talk was preceded by a meeting with US Senator Elizabeth Warren, Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh and Medford Mayor Michael J McGlynn. Senator Warren then escorted him on stage. Hollywood star and Tibet activist Richard Gere delivered the vote of thanks.