DEHLI (China Daily Show) – Former anointed leader of Tibet and spiritual guru of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama yesterday shocked onlookers by announcing his imminent retirement from public life.
Sipping from a can of 7-Up and wearing a pair of shades, the Tibetan spiritual leader seemed calm and relaxed, refusing to be drawn any further on the subject.
But appearing an hour later, having changed from his usual saffron robes into a checked shirt, corduroy flat cap and stonewashed chinos, the Dalai Lama answered media questions in rapid-fire succession.
Asked if he would miss his role as leader of the Tibetan Buddhist community, the charismatic spiritual leader said to laughter, “Certainly not those butter candles. The words came as a surprise, despite having told a CNN reporter in Florida  late October that  “I’m a human being. The grey-haired and much-admired face of Tibetan liberation has remained a thorn in the Chinese government’s side since his flight from the troubled region following a failed uprising against Communist rule in 1959.
The Dalai Lama insisted that the plight of the Tibetan people remains close to his heart, but that he also felt it was important to devote his time to other causes. This entry was posted in Internal Affairs and tagged Buddhism, CCP, Communism, Dalai Lama, Hu Jintao, India, Liu Xiaobo, Richard Gere, Separatism, Tibet on November 12, 2010 by cds. Our offices are located on a disused Ukrainian warship, the Blarksva ulov, currently drifting off the Antarctic Sea.
After some years at a preparatory school, Paul Dahlke attended the secondary school at Frankfurt-on-Main. The outcome of this inner awakening to the Dhamma was a number of books, the real value of which lay in the fact that they made Buddhist thought accessible to the outlook of the Westerner. There will always be people who combine energy and purposefulness with an original and creative mind. But more and more the knowledge grew in Dahlke that there was no greater need for the peoples of the West than a true understanding of Buddhism. But a spirit so bent on the realization of what he knew to be the Truth, could not for long be satisfied with mere literary work in the cause of Buddhism. A few years after the end of the first world war, just when the difficulties due to inflation of the German currency were at their peak, a favourable opportunity presented it self for acquiring about nine acres of wooded land at Frohnau, a suburb of Berlin. The Buddhist House was conceived as a place devoted to inner purification, as far as this could be achieved in a life of compromise between the life of a Buddhist Monk and western conditions. The German Dharmaduta Society, founded in 1952 by Ashoka Weeraratna, purchased the premises from the heirs of Dr.
The Chinese should just stop pretending Tibetan people are an inclusive part of their culture. On the completion of his education in Frankfurt, he pursued medical studies; and after his examinations, applied himself to homoeopathy, perceiving instinctively that this method of healing was most suited to his talent. Most of his major works have been translated into English, and some have also been rendered into Dutch and Japanese. Soon arose in him the idea of a "Buddhist House" which was to be a meeting place for those who were no longer in accord with their inherited religion and felt that materialism was not in keeping with true human dignity. It could not well be a monastery since both the material and spiritual requirements were lacking.
Dahlke's strength was entirely consumed by his last few years' work in connection with the Buddhist House. Dahlke's unique personality and of the significant place he held in the mental life of the West and in the forceful and penetrative presentation of the Buddha's Teaching.

Dahlke in 1957, and converted it into a Buddhist Vihara with resident monks drawn from Sri Lanka and other countries.
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?" Lao Tzu Be aware of the motivation behind your action, the intention behind your words, and the needs and experiences of other people. He was a real healer, as expressed by the German word "Arzt" (a doctor), which is derived from the Greek word archiatros, "Supreme Healer".
It drove him beyond the boundaries of the commonplace into realms of thought, which lay quite outside his professional work. Dahlke saw the necessity for producing reliable German translations of the Buddhist scriptures.
Dahlke devoted all his energies to the realization of this great idea: to establish a home for Buddhism in Germany. May the time come soon when his great work is fully understood and utilized for the benefit of humanity. Dahlke of Germany for it was in Ceylon that he learned Pali under such well known scholars as the Thera Sumangala and Pandit Wagiswara. His father was a civil servant and a large family was brought up on a very modest income, so that privation and self-denial were part of the daily life at his home. So it came that this young doctor met with exceptional success and soon his reputation extended far beyond his place of work, Berlin. Even in his remarkable achievements as a physician, he displayed a keen sense of actuality (Wirklichkeit), i.e.
Shortly before the outbreak of the first world war, Dahlke had returned to Germany, and owing to the changed conditions consequent on the out break of war, he found him self confined to his home country. Though there existed in German language a great many translations from the Pali texts, almost all, and especially the well-known renderings by Karl Eugen Neumann, were more or less tainted with admixtures foreign to the spirit of the pure teaching. The Five Precepts were to be the basic rules of conduct for the residents, and their further endeavours for inner purification was to bestow a characteristic atmosphere to the House.
Dahlke had mentioned several times to his friends how weak his heart was; and in fact with out the high degree of inner composure, which he owed to Buddhism, he could never have worked as long as he did. The German public authorities have designated "Das Buddhistische Haus" (the oldest Buddhist institution in Europe) as a National Heritage site. For more than twenty years he has been reading and translating pali texts, and in Europe there is no more spirituality-minded Pali scholar than Dr. He possessed not only an incredible store of energy, combined with a keen intellect and an artist's sensitivity and creativity; but, and here lies Dahlke's special greatness, he also had a keen sense of actuality which rose above all conventions.
The only way by which he could adapt himself to circumstances, seemed to him the resumption of his medical practice, given up completely during the latter years; and soon it became known among his old patients, that Dr. The difficulties with which he had to contend may be estimated from the fact that the currency inflation in Germany had almost obliterated his financial means for carrying out the project. Only those who have tried it can appreciate the difficulty of doing this under western conditions.
It is also an unique monument for the growing Buddhist cultural ties between Sri Lanka and Germany. As a result of that exceptional combination of qualities, he had a strong urge towards inner purity and honesty, which did not allow him to shrink from the most radical consequences of his thought. Dahlke was again enjoying his great medical knowledge and skill in the service of the ailing.

Dahlke's translations of the Dhammapada, and parts of the Digha-Nikaya and Majjhima-Nikaya.
Thus the money needed for constructing the House had first to be earned, day by day, by hard work, in Dr. In a world where the lusts of life and a brutal struggle for existence were dominant, the courageous attempt of Dr. It was only his constant thought on the Dhamma and his plans connected therewith, which enabled him to withstand for some time the relapses that occured after a grave crisis in his illness.
He has travelled all over Ceylon, visited the ancient Viharas, and has been to historic Buddhist places in India and Burma. Dahlke was drawn to fields outside medicine, to the religious ideas of the East, and finally to the teachings of the Buddha. These books were not mere translations; they were at the same time works of doctrinal instructions in which the author, in copious explanatory notes, embodied the result of twenty years study and personnel experience. Dahlke and the small band of his followers, was like the struggle of a small boat against the mountainous waves of a stormy sea. Also another project, that of founding a House of Retreat on the North Sea Island of Sylt, and literary plans, occupied him constantly. Schopenhauer's writings had made the first impact on him, but soon he out grew them in his untiring research and inquiry.
At that time he also started a quarterly periodical, the "New Buddhist Journal" (Neu-Buddhistische Zeitschrift), entirely written by him self. Nevertheless he was determined to carry out his plan, and in August 1924 the construction of the Buddhist house was so far advanced that Dr. Dahlke that attracts people to him, in his daily life he is a living example to his disciples, strictly observing the five Precepts, and still attending to his professional duties. In that magazine, he showed in a unique, and ever fresh and stimulating way, how Buddhism can have a decisive influence on the solution of all great problems of life. It was his intention that the House should be a monument, a visible expression, of the teaching: and new plans constantly issued from his fertile brain, for expanding the first lay out. Besides the House proper, containing the living quarters and a library, a meeting Hall was built close by, and separate rooms and cells for accommodating guests who wished to stay there some time for quiet contemplation and for receiving instruction in the Buddhist teachings. Dear Friend , on sacred Pilgrimage we visit 14 countries and holy sites, chanting the karma avoiding mantra.
In INDIA we meditate at Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple & Bodhi tree, sacred space of Buddha´s Enlightenment. At sacred lake Tso Pema we pray to the Lotus-born Padmasambhava & to female Buddha Mandarava. In SRI LANKA we pay homage to Sri Pada at Adam´s Peak, to Kandy Tooth temple, to Mihintale stupa and other temples.

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