It seems to me that peace is not just the absence of violence, but something much more. The world is closely connected with our inner attitude, with motivation, with compassion. Any movement, any action that we perform out of compassion, in fact, carries the world in itself. And any action performed under the influence of negative emotions - hatred, anger, envy - in fact, is violence.

And one more explanation: the world is creation, emergence. We are all living beings, including trees and grasses. Plants are also alive. Although they do not have consciousness, due to their chemical and biological properties, they have the ability to be born and exist.
Therefore, when spring comes, trees and grass begin to flourish, when the sun rises, heralding a new beginning, we feel happiness.
Then autumn comes. Leaves change colour and eventually fall off. And now only bare trees remain. Compared to our spring moods, here we experience inner discomfort. Without water, flowers stand for several days, and then wither.

A Tibetan proverb tells: “Any trouble can be a good opportunity". That's exactly what His Holiness says! Even tragedy is fraught with possibilities. And there is another Tibetan wisdom: "The true nature of happiness can only be discerned in the light of painful experience." Only a sharp contrast with painful experiences teaches us to appreciate the moments of joy.

“This can be seen from the example of a whole generation that had to endure great difficulties,” said the Dalai Lama. “When the African people became free, the hearts of the people were filled with great joy. But the next generation, born in a country cleared of apartheid, is unfamiliar with the true joy of freedom. Therefore, they complain about life much more often.
It's the same in Europe. The older generation has gone through great troubles. Suffering strengthened their spirits and made them stronger. This means that the Tibetan proverb does not lie. Deprivation really makes us appreciate joy. Many people think that suffering is bad. But in fact, this is an opportunity that fate throws at you. Despite the difficulties and anguish, a person can maintain firmness and self-control.”

Following Angela Merkel's retirement, His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent her a letter expressing his admiration and deep appreciation for the leadership she has shown in for sixteen years as Chancellor of Germany. He called it an anchor of stability in a troubled world.

“You have stood by your principles, with farsightedness, and an ability to fulfil people's aspirations,” he wrote. “The steadfast strength of your leadership, particularly within the European Union, has been a beacon of hope and inspiration to the wider world beyond Germany.


Today, the singer tries to avoid all games with devilry. Once his friend Kirsan Ilyumzhinov brought him to the Dalai Lama, who revealed the truth, saying that Kirkorov aura was too bright and pure. And if other actors are allowed to play the devil, Woland or other evil spirits, then Philip is better off refraining from this. It is worth noting that after his brilliant role as a devil in the Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka musical, many troubles and problems happened in the singer's life. And when he, disobeying the advice of the Dalai Lama, played Dracula misfortune happened again – he had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the hospital.

Philip Kirkorov said: “I have been waiting for a meeting with the Dalai Lama for a very long time, and for a long time I have been friends with (first President of Kalmykia) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. And somehow, 20 years ago, I let slip that I have a dream, even though I am of a different religion, to meet this philosopher - I still consider him more of a philosopher - the Dalai Lama.
We talked, 15 years have passed, and one day Kirsan called me and said: "I will soon have a meeting with the Dalai Lama, would you like to fly with me?" Despite some very important business in Moscow, almost at the governmental level, I took a vacation and flew with Kirsan to this meeting, to spend three days there as a special guest of the Dalai Lama. His teaching and philosophy are unforgettable. The most important thing is that I felt the light that came from him and incredible kindness and calmness, which immediately passed on to me. At that time, I had a rather nervous period in my life when it seemed that everything was ruined.

A new issue of the Russian Pioneer magazine has been published. The last one this year. As I said, I have been writing columns for this publication for several years. I like the process of trying to remember what you seem to have forgotten long ago.

Here is what the editor-in-chief of the magazine Andrei Kolesnikov writes about the new issue of the periodical: “This issue about money we did together with Sberbank. What else but the main bank? There are no illusions here. It was interesting for me. The columns of the leading analysts and top managers of Sberbank convinced me that I did and am doing everything right. This concerns not only money, but also life as such. This is proven by many other articles of the issue. And most importantly, I think so too."
“Soon there will be no money. Yes. At least in the form of cash. Sberbank experts write about this very convincingly in the issue. They operate numbers and facts, so it is useless to argue. Cryptocurrencies, e-wallets, and maybe likes on social networks - this is the not-so-distant future of money. And cash will end up in the same place as photographic films, CDs, paper books and other tangible matter. In the best case, in museums.

Grandmaster from St. Petersburg Alexander Khalifman won the title of FIDE world champion in 1999 in a grand knockout tournament that was hosted by Las Vegas. Then the former president of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said: “I was relieved of the problem of eternally feuding Kasparov and Karpov by making Khalifman the champion.”

Khalifman is still very authoritative in the chess world. He is known as an erudite and theorist, author of popular chess manuals and a wonderful commentator. His students give a fitting rebuff to Magnus Carlsen over the chess board. Before the championship match between Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi, Khalifman spoke about his expectations from the upcoming battle.
- Alexander, is Magnus the greatest champion in history? Or are the successes of Kasparov and Fischer no less significant?
- All world champions are great, and I don't see any point in comparing them.

Bryansk grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi gave a long interview to the TASS agency, in which he spoke about his career as a chess player and the upcoming fight with world champion Magnus Carlsen.

The native of Bryansk called his relationship with the Norwegian friendly, noting that he had never felt reverence for someone with a higher rating.
Ian Nepomniachtchi said that his grandfather and uncle taught him how to play chess. They also took him to a chess club. 

A new issue of the Russian Pioneer magazine has been published. I, like many others, have been writing columns for this periodical for several years. I fell for it. And I enjoy it.

The magazine publishes columns of Russian journalists, as well as famous people who share their opinions and views on various topics: politics, business, science, sports, culture and others. So, among the authors were Vladimir Putin, Vladislav Surkov, Sergei Lavrov, Mikhail Fridman, and others.
This time the main topic of the issue is mysticism. Agree, no matter how much we talk about this phenomenon, there are still plenty of "white spots". The editor-in-chief Andrey Kolesnikov writes in the announcement: “This issue is dedicated to mysticism. I have long wanted to finalize it (otherwise, I could not be at ease)."

I have always loved history. For me, history lessons were like a time machine. Every so often, I open the calendar of events and dates to analyse something and make my own forecast for the future. So, what’s up today. By the way, October 28 is the 301st day of the year. There are 64 days left until the New Year!

On October 28, Russia celebrates the Day of Grandparents, which is a worthy addition to the series of family holidays. Grandparents are usually the oldest family members, towards whom everyone else shows great love and respect. At least, ideally, it should be so. In Russia, Grandparents Day has been celebrated since 2009, and October 28 was chosen because it was at the end of October that the ancient Slavs celebrated Autumn Grandfathers - a holiday designed to strengthen ties with ancestors and unite generations.
On October 28, 1886, 135 years ago, the Statue of Liberty was officially opened in New York. The Statue of Liberty (official name is "Liberty Enlightening the World") stands at the mouth of the Hudson in New York harbour and welcomes guests and immigrants, as well as returning home Americans. It was made by the sculptor Frederic Bartholdi, while the internal steel framework was designed by Gustave Eiffel. The copper statue of the Goddess of Liberty was a gift of France on the centenary of American independence and as a sign of friendship between the two states.

“Dear ladies, when your husband (friend, buddy, boyfriend or casual acquaintance) once again is glued to the computer with a shooter game, advise him to play chess instead. If he tells you that this is an occupation for boring pensioners with low potency, you can argue that practically all great chess players, in addition to being smart and talented, are also quite sexy.

When in the thirties of the last century the third world chess champion, the sultry Cuban Jose Raul Capablanca, visited the USSR, there was a larger crowd of women at his hotel’s door than later at the hotel where Brad Pitt stayed. Unlike the cute American, the handsome Capablanca was well versed in theatre, music, ballet and visual arts. He spoke five languages ​ and was a brilliant conversationalist. He played chess better than anyone else.
And as far as the "boring pensioners" are concerned, the eighth world champion Mikhail Tal was extremely popular with the ladies and was known for his novels. In addition to the fact that he was officially married three times, among the women he conquered were actress Larisa Sobolevskaya, pianist Bella Davidovich, dancer Mira Koltsova and many others. Of course, it was not love affairs that made him the idol of millions - Tal is known as a master of the combination game with a unique romantic style and incredible intuition. Journalists called him a wizard, pirate, chess Paganini, almost an alien. 

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