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His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Woodstock
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Woodstock

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September 21, 2006 was the United Nations Day of Peace, and Woodstock New York was fortunate to have a visit on that day from His Holiness the Dalai Lama , “a simple monk” who is one of the leading spokesmen for peace and understanding in our human world. This DVD chronicles both his public talk in the town of Woodstock and an extensive Buddhist teaching and ceremony at KTD Monastery, the sponsor of the visit. In his public talk, His Holiness focused on two main themes. First, he spoke of loving kindness and compassion as basic human values, values that are not particularly religious teachings but rather something fundamental to everything that we cherish in life. The second theme was an understanding among religious traditions. His Holiness expressed his respect and appreciation of all major traditions in today's world, and urged us to see what is universal among them, especially the cultivation of loving kindness and compassion.

The following day, His Holiness gave the initiation of Chenrezik, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, at KTD to an assemblage of over 500 people. He prefaced the ceremony with a long and very erudite Buddhist teaching, touching on essential points of Dharma, Buddhist history, and logic. In these two extraordinary talks in less than 24 hours, His Holiness showed us two key facets of his activity in this world: his work for peace and reconciliation on a basic human level, and his qualities as a remarkable Buddhist teacher.

Total time: 1 hour 42 minutes

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