Date: 4/24/2011 6:21:35 PM
Subject: [CASonline] Loving others !!

Dearest All @ CAS,
The first Panchen Lama wrote in His monumental text, the "Lama Chopa":
"O Venerable compassionate Gurus,
we seek your blessings that all karmic debts, obstacles and suffering of mother sentient beings,
may without exception, ripen upon us right now.
May we give our happiness and virtues to others,
and thereby invest all beings in bliss."
Such high-sounding verses evoke either wonderment, devotion-faith or outright doubt !!
Now, however, there have been consistent research findings, from many varied fields, apparently backing this old Buddhist wisdom-talk.
We will like to share with you, one particular research which reveals happiness and sense of well-being from people who give to others while negligible increase, if at all, levels of mental happiness are reported in people who buy things for themselves, in an experiment carried out by social psychologists, not just from relatively affluent societies like Canada, but so surprisingly, from impoverished states in Africa !!
See Dr Elizabth and be stumped.
bb & other weasels @ CAS, taking refuge in the Buddha
Last minute, we received, with thanks, an email from Ms Tenzin Yangchen-la, on Japan, a country where more than 90% of the population called themselves, "Buddhists." ..... "Amituofo !!"
The Dalai Lama Center Speaker Series:
Dr Elizabeth Dunn -
An award winning presentation on her doctorate research on happiness, speaking from her specialised field of social psychology.
Her research offers apparent "scientific proof" of the Buddha's ancient wisdom, encapsulated in Shantideva's "Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life":
"Every happiness in the world, comes from lovingly cherishing others,
every sufferingin the world comes from selfishly cherishing oneself...
All Buddhas cherished others as supreme and so become enlightened, free forever from suffering.
Immature sentient beings cherish oneself and so, continued, embroiled in suffering in samsara."
Click on:
Dalai Lama charms the crowds in Sweden
His Holiness is often asked about happiness - how to achieve it and how to sustain it.
"We have so much to be happy for in Sweden. But why do we still have so much loneliness?" Westerners asked.
The answer was quite simple too little human contact with one another."If you take care of your neighbour, you feel a part of them and they feel a part of you. And this then begins to feel like community," replied the Dalai Lama.

He said a self-centred attitude keeps people at a distance from one another and that breeds constant notions of loneliness, distrust, suspicion and fear, which the hailed Holiness believes destroys the self and one's immune system."There is too much competition in business, in politics, in most things and this creates anxiety and stress. You must think more about your inner value, which is important to bring value into life, and then transfer that value to others. Then you will have peace of mind, healthy body and satisfaction."

Further charming his audience, the endearing Dalai Lama disclosed his secret in removing barriers and connecting with people from all over the world."I think my smile has a little effect," he leaned toward the audience, erupting in laughter at his joke.
"I always see people as my Human Brother or my Human Sister, no matter if they are a king, a president or ordinary. And if I offer a genuine smile and show an open heart, they also smile. What do you think? Does that make sense?"

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Dear Students @ CAS,
Hope U are fine.
We are all fine and all busy months gone so had some time to write U.
HH Sakya Trizin was here and gave long life empowment  and Tachag Chun Sum emp.Many people were here.
U are in our prayers and love to all.
Tashi Dolma and family
( on behalf of Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche )
Weasels conquer China and the world with "Love".
"Amituofo !!"
Click on:
( Courtesy of Ms Tenzin Yangchen )
Japanese boy teaches lesson in sacrifice (     

EDITOR'S note:                                                   
 THIS letter, written by Vietnamese immigrant Ha Minh Thanh   working in
Fukushima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam, was  
 posted on New America Media on March 19. It is a testimonial to   the
strength of the Japanese spirit, and an interesting slice of 
 life near the epicenter of Japan 's crisis at the Fukushima   nuclear
power plant. It was translated by NAM editor Andrew Lam, 
 author of "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres." Shanghai
Daily condensed it.
 Brother,                                              ;            
 How are you and your family? These last few days, everything was   in
chaos. When I close my eyes, I see dead bodies. When I open my  eyes, I
also see dead bodies.                           
 Each one of us must work 20 hours a day, yet I wish there were 48
hours in the day, so that we could continue helping and rescuing
 We are without water and electricity, and food rations are near   zero.
We barely manage to move refugees before there are new     
 orders to move them elsewhere.                                   
 I am currently in Fukushima , about 25 kilometers away from the nuclear
power plant. I have so much to tell you that if I could  
 write it all down, it would surely turn into a novel about human
relationships and behaviors during times of crisis.              
 People here remain calm - their sense of dignity and proper behavior
are very good - so things aren't as bad as they could   
 be. But given another week, I can't guarantee that things won't   get
to a point where we can no longer provide proper protection  
 and order.                                                       
 They are humans after all, and when hunger and thirst override
dignity, well, they will do whatever they have to do. The        
 government is trying to provide supplies by air, bringing in food  and
medicine, but it's like dropping a little salt into the      
 Brother, there was a really moving incident. It involves a little
Japanese boy who taught an adult like me a lesson on how to      
 behave like a human being.                                       
 Last night, I was sent to a little grammar school to help a charity
organization distribute food to the refugees. It was a  long line that
snaked this way and that and I saw a little boy  around 9 years old. He
was wearing a T-shirt and a pair of   shorts.

 It was getting very cold and the boy was at the very end of the   line.
I was worried that by the time his turn came there wouldn't
 be any food left. So I spoke to him. He said he was at school when the
earthquake happened. His father worked nearby and was   
 driving to the school. The boy was on the third floor balcony   when he
saw the tsunami sweep his father's car away.             
 I asked him about his mother. He said his house is right by the  beach
and that his mother and little sister probably didn't make 
 it. He turned his head and wiped his tears when I asked about his
 The boy was shivering so I took off my police jacket and put it on him.
That's when my bag of food ration fell out. I picked it  
 up and gave it to him. "When it comes to your turn, they might   run
out of food. So here's my portion. I already ate. Why don't  
 you eat it?"                                                     
 The boy took my food and bowed. I thought he would eat it right away,
but he didn't. He took the bag of food, went up to where   
 the line ended and put it where all the food was waiting to be
 I was shocked. I asked him why he didn't eat it and instead added it to
the food pile. He answered: "Because I see a lot more      
 people hungrier than I am. If I put it there, then they will
distribute the food equally."                                    
 When I heard that I turned away so that people wouldn't see me cry.

 A society that can produce a 9-year-old who understands the concept of
sacrifice for the greater good must be a great        
 society, a great people.                              
Well, a few lines to send you and your family my warm wishes. The hours
of my shift have begun again.                              
 Ha Minh Thanh                                                    

10 things to learn from Japan.

     Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

     Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture. 

     The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn t fall.

    People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

    No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding. 

    Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

    Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

     The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.
     They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.
      When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly!



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