The Dalai Lama has called on world leaders to take urgent action against climate change, warning of environmental destruction affecting the lives of billions of people and destroying our planet, including his home country of Tibet.

As a call to action, he released a new book in which he stated that if the Buddha returns to this world, "Buddha will be green."
In interviews with Channel 4 News and The Guardian, the Buddhist spiritual leader spoke from the Indian city of Dharamsala, where he lived for about 60 years. He warned that "global warming could reach such a level that rivers will dry up" and that "eventually Tibet will become another Afghanistan", with dire consequences for at least a billion people who depend on water from the "rooftop of the world".

 

In early September, during the election campaign, the favourite of the presidential race in the United States, the candidate from the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, promised to settle the Tibet issue with China if he wins the elections. 

Biden noted that his foreign policy would be based on humanitarian values. “I will work with our allies to pressure Beijing and return it to direct dialogue with Tibetan representatives,” he said. The politician also promised to introduce new sanctions against China, personally meet with the Dalai Lama and expand the broadcasting of Voice of America in Tibetan.

The Ukrainians were able to chat live with the spiritual leader of Tibet, the Nobel Peace Prize winner 14th Dalai Lama, who unexpectedly announced that NATO headquarters should be relocated in Moscow.

“When it comes to creating unity in society, we need to remind ourselves that we are all the same. I’m a Tibetan, but I’ve spent the major part of my life living in India. However, I describe myself as just another human being. Wherever I go, I think of myself as just like other human beings.
One of the most exciting topics was the war in the Donbass
“The totalitarian system you used to live under is out of date. It doesn’t suit our human nature. Now, in addition to preserving your language and culture, you can exercise your freedom.”
“The totalitarian system you used to live under is out of date. It doesn’t suit our human nature. Now, in addition to preserving your language and culture, you can exercise your freedom.”
“When we are born, we only survive because of our mother’s milk — because of her kindness. On that level too, we are all the same. Some scientists say that it’s human nature to be compassionate because we are social animals with a natural concern for our own community. We can say that we have a sense of altruism and concern for others from birth”

 

As part of the anniversary, it is planned to organize joint events throughout the year in many areas, such as politics, trade, economics, culture and the humanitarian sphere.

In particular, it is planned to publish a book on the history of development of Mongolian-Russian relations, arrange mutual visits, hold a series of events "Mongolian-Russian Initiative-2021", "Train of Friendship", scientific conferences, photo exhibitions and the creation of a documentary film.

 

Last week, the first online conference of Buddhists took place in Russia. The conference agenda includes two main issues: the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Russia and the amendment of the federal law "On freedom of conscience and religious associations." 

The conference was attended by 28 organizations representing four schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Sakya, Nyingma, Kagyu and Gelug from regions traditionally professing Buddhism: Kalmykia, Buryatia, Tuva, as well as from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Siberia and the Far East.

 

FIDE President met with the spiritual leader of Buddhists, Nobel Peace Prize laureate His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on August 24. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov asked His Holiness to consecrate the Central Buddhist Khurul (temple) in the capital of Kalmykia. Ilyumzhinov told about this on his Twitter account:

“I asked His Holiness and conveyed to him the request from Kalmykia Buddhists to come and consecrate the Central Buddhist Khurul The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni, which was built with his blessing in 2005 in Elista. The consecration of the temple will become an important event in the spiritual life of the people!”

 

The pandemic exposed the sorest spots and revealed the weakest links. Russia did not escape this, which made us acutely aware of the problem of social inequality, which will now increase many times as the ranks of the poor and lowly get replenished by millions of people who have lost their jobs. For many, hopes for the opportunity to live normally will collapse. The gap between the rich and the poor has been very wide before. And now the poor have become even poorer.

Social inequality, as a phenomenon, only until a certain time is a purely theoretical problem. There comes a time when the exorbitant, and sometimes glaring gap in incomes of the rich and the poor is sparking protests.

 

We are in isolation. Day after day. We read the news. Some are good and some are not so good. Here is an example of positive news: life has returned to the canals of Venice. The number of tourists has sharply decreased due to quarantine, the water has become cleaner, fish, dolphins and swans have returned to the canals. Although many write that there are no dolphins in Venice, migratory swans have really returned.

What else is new? The streets of Thailand’s resorts are attacked by hungry monkeys.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama sent an official message to the people of Kalmykia on the 100th anniversary of Autonomy. The message reads as follows:

“I am pleased to know that the Republic of Kalmykia under the Russian Federation is celebrating its 100th anniversary of Autonomy this year.
The special relationship between the peoples of Kalmykia and Tibetans has a long history, since we are followers of the Sanskrit tradition of Buddhism as upheld in the renowned Nalanda University.

I am absolutely sure that gifted children should be the object of national interest of any state. In my opinion, the main mission of the state should be identifying and supporting talented children, regardless of their social status and material resources of the family.

Currently, the problem of identifying and supporting talented children is becoming more and more urgent, which, in my opinion, is directly related to the future of Russia. We all want to see it as great and prosperous meeting all the challenges of our time. We need new thinkers, creators and geniuses! And they already exist, they just need to be found and be supported.

 

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