Friday, 5 June 2009

Six thousand people hear Sogyal Rinpoche teach in Amsterdam

On 4 June 2009, Sogyal Rinpoche taught a crowd of 6,000 people in Amsterdam on Finding Peace and Stability in a Troubled World.

This teaching was part of the events organised for the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to The Netherlands. His Holiness also gave a public talk yesterday on The Power of Compassion in Turbulent Times and taught on Shantideva's The Way of the Bodhisattava.

On the next day, Sogyal Rinpoche addressed a group of Dutch business, religious and community leaders, gathered for a seminar on Leadership for a Sustainable World.

The aim of this timely meeting was to address the need for innovative leadership to tackle major world-wide threats caused by climate change, energy shortages and financial instability.

Sogyal Rinpoche taught on Transforming the Mind and Heart. He said:

Understanding and managing our own state of mind may be the single most important quality for a leader in today’s world. And one of the best ways to tame our mind is through the unique and profound approach to meditation in the Buddhist tradition of Tibet...

The simplicity, spaciousness, humour and courage you find through meditation will help you to accomplish more with less effort and less stress. Even though your life may be complex on the outside you will have an inner simplicity that will enable you to meet difficulties, crises, problems and troubles and to understand, transform and overcome them with more wisdom and compassion. Whatever the difficulty, you will be able to learn from it, turn it to your advantage and transform the situation. A great Tibetan teacher of mind training once remarked that one of the mind’s most marvelous qualities is that it can be transformed. So we have to put our minds and hearts together, with vision and with courage, for the future good of humanity. And the crises that we are facing now are giving us an opportunity to learn and transform, and create a more sustainable society on every level.

1 comment:

Gillian said...

Sincere thanks, Indira, for keeping us in touch, even in far-flung reaches of the Antipodes. It is wonderful to see photos of Rinpoche teaching live in Amsterdam, even as we recieve the transmission teachings here in Sydney.