As many of you may know, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in the midst of a 10-day teaching tour in the US, which began with a stop in the Midwest. On May 12th and 13th he gave teachings at Indiana University in Bloomington, and afterward paid a visit to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center which his late brother, Thubten Norbu, founded in 1979.

During his visit at the center the Dalai Lama reminded the mainly Tibetan and Mongolian audience that as residents of the US they enjoy greater religious freedoms than those in their native countries. They should use this freedom, His Holiness continued, to not just practice their religion but study it. “Any Buddhist center should be a learning center, not just a place for some worship,” he told those in attendance. Like so many of the Dalai Lama teachings his words transcend any single cultural framework. Transformation rarely comes swiftly and acceptance of religion is not the culmination of a search, but the beginning of a process where the quest for knowledge and further understanding remain at the forefront.

The Dalai Lama will be continuing onto New York at the end of this week. Some of us at Tricycle will have the good fortune of attending his Radio City Music Hall teachings and will be posting about them here on the blog. If you are in the New York area and are interested in attending the Dalai Lama teachings, tickets are still available here.

Video of a portion of his teaching at Bloomington and an article detailing his visit to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center can be found here.

[Image: AP Photo/The Herald-Times, Jeremy Hogan]

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