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Anh Ngữ: The 14th Datlai Lama Visited Capitol Hill, USA

Washington DC, USA, 13 July 2011 - On July 13th His Holiness left for the teaching venue very early in the morning to undertake the  self-generation prayers, part of the Kalachakra preparatory rituals.

Later in the morning, His Holiness visited Capitol Hill to meet members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Speaker Penpa Tsering, Kalon Tripa-elect Lobsang Sangay, Special Envoy Lodi Gyari and Secretary Tenzin Taklha accompanied His Holiness. Chairman of the Committee, Senator John Kerry, and 11 members of the Committee were present .

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Kalon Tripa-elect Dr. Lobsang Sangey during his visit to the US Capitol on July 13, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
Senator Kerry formally welcomed His Holiness saying ‘Tashi Delek”. He said he admired His Holiness’ message of peace. Senator Kerry said that Congress had the greatest respect for His Holiness as indicated by the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed on him in 2007.  Senator Richard Lugar, the Ranking Member, spoke next. He, too, expressed his admiration of His Holiness and assured him that he had strong friends in the Senate.

Senator Kerry also welcomed Kalon Tripa-elect Dr. Lobsang Sangay. Speaker Penpa Tsering was also introduced to the members of Congress.

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Ngày 15 tháng 07 năm 2011 (3555 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Pop Quiz - Just For Fun

- Do they have a fourth of July in England?
- How many birth days does the average man have?
- Some months have 31, how many have 28?
- In baseball, how many outs are there in an inning?
- Can a California man legally marry his widow's sister?
- Divide 30 by 1/2 and add 10, what is the answer? (don't use your calculator)
- If there are 3 apples and you take away 2, how many do you have?
- Doctor gives you three pills and tells you to take one every half hour how many minutes will the pills last?

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Ngày 12 tháng 07 năm 2011 (3526 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Thought of the Day

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Ngày 08 tháng 07 năm 2011 (4850 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The One Main Teaching

The One Main Teaching

The Lord Buddha told us He had only one main teaching and all of it concerns the cause of unhappiness and how to think and act in ways that will bring us freedom from unhappiness.

All living things want to be free from pain and other forms of unhappiness. Even little worms on the footpath feel pain and thus are unhappy if we step on them. There are many forms of life, some low, others high, but even the least developed living things seek happiness in their own ways. If we go to a river or a brook, we see that some fishes like to be close to the top of the water, near the sunlight. If something frightens them away from the surface and they have to go deeply into the darkness of the cold water, then they are unhappy and return to the upper, sunlit, warm water as soon as they feel it is safe. If the fishes that like the deep, dark, cold waters are frightened into the warm, upper waters, then they are unhappy because each of the many, many forms of life is seeking happiness in its own way.

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Ngày 05 tháng 07 năm 2011 (3498 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Asking Question Is An Art

“How was school?” “Fine.” Surely there’s a way to have better conversations with our kids.

Do you want to pass your values on to your children? Do you want to talk about what’s truly important? Maybe you simply want them to do their chores? It can be done, but we may have to learn some new tricks.

One of those tricks is the ability to draw out your kids, to relate to them in a way that they want to share their thoughts and feelings and the happenings of the day.

Many dads have a long way to go in this area. They ask their kids questions like, “Did you have a good time?” or “How did school go today?” Now sure, that shows you’re interested, but how does your child respond? “Yeah.” “Nah.” Or maybe just a grunt or a sigh. Sometimes our questions come across as obscure, or they require no thinking from the child.

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Ngày 30 tháng 06 năm 2011 (2774 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Slip the Bean (indoor game)

Players: 5 or more
Materials: 10 dried beans for each player

Play this game in a room where nobody can escape. Give each player 10 beans, one of which will always stay hidden in the palm of the hand. Tell the players that they all have to get acquainted by shaking hands, and when a player shakes hands with the tenth person, he slips that player his bean. And he continues to shake hands to get rid of the other nine beans. The point of the game is to get rid of all your beans before anyone else does.

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Ngày 27 tháng 06 năm 2011 (3383 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Dog, Cat, and Rat

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Ngày 24 tháng 06 năm 2011 (4097 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: “Buddhism is an academic subject” the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at Upper TCV School auditorium in the morning of June 3 for the introductory teachings on Buddhism.(Phayul Photo/Norbu Wangyal)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at Upper TCV School auditorium in the morning of June 3 for the introductory teachings on Buddhism.(Phayul Photo/Norbu Wangyal)

Dharamshala, June 3 - “Buddhism is an academic subject and Nalanda was an academic centre. The principles and tenets of Buddhism should not be just left in the scriptures”, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a packed auditorium of young Tibetans at Upper Tibetan Children’s Village School, Dharamshala, today.

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Ngày 21 tháng 06 năm 2011 (2936 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Story of the Father

This is another story that I often think about:
the story of the father

after the funeral of his son the suicide,
going home and burning all the photographs of that dead boy;

standing next to the backyard barbecue,
feeding the pictures to the fire; watching the pale smoke
rise and disappear into the humid Mississippi sky.

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Ngày 19 tháng 06 năm 2011 (3163 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Rules of Being Human

You will receive a body.  You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for as long as you live.  How you take care of it or fail to take care of it can make an enormous difference in the quality of your life.

You will learn lessons.  You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called Life.  Each day, you will be presented with opportunities to learn what you need to know.  The lessons presented are often completely different from those you think you need.

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Ngày 14 tháng 06 năm 2011 (3489 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Forgiving

Please take a moment to take in the following message:

What forgiveness is

"Forgiveness is a form of realism. It doesn't deny, minimize, or justify what others have done to us or the pain that we have suffered. It encourages us to look squarely at those old wounds and see them for what they are. And it allows us to see how much energy we have wasted and how much we have damaged ourselves by not forgiving.

Forgiveness is an internal process. It can't be forced, and it doesn't come easy. It brings with it great feelings of wellness and freedom. But we experience this only when we want to heal and when we are willing to work for it.

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Ngày 08 tháng 06 năm 2011 (3008 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Donkey In The Well

The Donkey in the Well
A parable with a twist....
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One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well that the farmer had accidentally left uncovered. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, so it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

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Ngày 06 tháng 06 năm 2011 (3391 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Eat Nuts To Fight 8 Ailments

by Sylvia Booth Hubbard

Looking for a nutty way to improve your health? Nuts offer a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in a compact, portable, and tasty package. Scientific research indicates that nuts can help prevent or fight a number of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and macular degeneration. Moderation seems to be the key, and a handful every day provides health benefits. So enjoy them daily — just don’t go nuts — and help protect yourself against the following eight ailments.

1. Heart disease
A study of 31,000 Seventh-day Adventists at Loma Linda University in California found that eating a serving of nuts daily (about a quarter of a cup – or one handful) lowered the risk of heart attack by up to 60 percent when compared with those who ate nuts less than once a month. The Iowa Women's Healthy Study found that women who ate a serving of nuts more than four times a week lowered their risk of dying of heart disease by 430 percent. Another study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found similar results, and the Physician’s Health Study found that men who ate nuts at least twice a week reduced their risk of sudden cardiac death.

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Ngày 01 tháng 06 năm 2011 (3366 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Memorial

Ngày 28 tháng 05 năm 2011

Anh Ngữ: Congratulation Class of 2011

Ngày 25 tháng 05 năm 2011

Anh Ngữ: Filial Piety

Filial Piety

The two words, filial piety, are important to all civilized peoples, but they are doubly important to Buddhists. The actual words mean duties of children to parents, but there is a much deeper meaning in these words if we are faithful followers of Lord Buddha. The young are not only under a holy obligation to show respect and affection for their parents, but also to be considerate of all elderly persons and to be helpful towards them in such ways as to bring happiness into their lives. In some countries of the world the idea of filial piety has been almost forgotten. We can see quite clearly that those countries are slipping backwards towards unhappiness.

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Ngày 24 tháng 05 năm 2011 (2825 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Pork Chops

This is undoubtedly one of the best I have seen. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Have a fun filled day. PORK CHOPS

In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

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Ngày 18 tháng 05 năm 2011 (3667 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Happy Wesak 2011 ! Happy Vesak 2011 !

Birth of a Noble Prince.
Wesak Day holds special significance for the millions of Buddhist who comprise a fifth of the world’s total population. In thousands of temples across the world from Tokyo in the East to San Francisco in the West, Buddhists will pay homage to an Indian Prince who forsook the pleasures of a royal household to bring peace and happiness to mankind. The Buddha, or the Supremely Enlightened One was born in 623 B.C. on a Wesak Full-Moon day. The young Prince was named Siddhartha or “the one who has brought about all good.” His parents, King Suddhodana and Queen Mahamaya, ruled a small kingdom called Kapilavattu in Northern India.

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Ngày 12 tháng 05 năm 2011 (3721 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Birth of the Buddha

 The Birth of the Buddha

A figure of the baby Buddha is bathed with tea.

© Ximagination |

The story of the Buddha’s birth is rich with myth and symbolism.

Twenty-five centuries ago, King Suddhodana ruled a land near the Himalaya Mountains.

One day during a midsummer festival, his wife Queen Maya retired to her quarters to rest, and she fell asleep and dreamed a vivid dream. Four angels carried her high into white mountain peaks and clothed her in flowers. A magnificent white bull elephant bearing a white lotus in its trunk approached Maya and walked around her three times. Then the elephant struck her on the right side with its trunk and vanished into her.

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Ngày 07 tháng 05 năm 2011 (3252 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Concept and Direction in Buddhist Education for the Young Generation

(picture from Blog Tinh Lam)

The Vietnamese Buddhism is witnessing a myriad of disturbing changes and unexpected altercations that have never been seen before in history. From organizational structure, to sangha’s ritual activities, to death and wedding ceremonies, etc…

 The Vietnamese Buddhism is witnessing a myriad of disturbing changes and unexpected altercations that have never been seen before in history. From organizational structure, to sangha’s ritual activities, to death and wedding ceremonies, etc… the movement nowadays is to endeavor hastily western features   and values, consequently surrendering beautiful traditions of old. Additionally, the influence of a social consumerism and the constraining political dominance give rise to numerous social ailments due to the lack of foundational morality among people of worldly supremacy and religious authority. This sickening condition in society no doubt affects the formal education of the young generation nationwide as well as in Buddhism, in a very negative way.

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Ngày 02 tháng 05 năm 2011 (3785 lần đọc)

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