Dharamshala: On Sunday May 8th His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited America's second largest Tibetan community based around the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena, the Dalai Lama first took part in a Medicine Buddha ceremony and later in the day held a speech on the subject of "Peace Through Inner Peace".
At the morning ceremony, which were to promote "personal and societal healing", around 6,000 people received blessings and took part in the cultural and spiritual ceremony lead by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. To begin with he first talked about the roles of the different religions in today's society and underlined that all religions have the same potential for unbiased compassion. To the large crowd, which included an estimated 2000 Tibetans, His Holiness emphasized the need for studying and practicing the Buddhist philosophy and advised that serious Buddhist practitioners should meditate on the four foundation of mindfulness: mindfulness of body; mindfulness of feelings; mindfulness of mind; and mindfulness of Dharmas, before he ended the ceremony by reminding the gathering that mere recitation of prayers is not enough and said that peace would not come through prayer; peace will come through action.
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