Ukraine, 2 November 2016: On his first visit to Ukraine, Telo Tulku Rinpoche, Honorary Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Russia, Mongolia and CIS countries, gave a public talk in Kiev titled “Dalai lama: Buddhist principles for the modern world”.
The talk was hosted by the organisers of the travelling photo exhibition titled, ‘The Dalai Lama – As Long As Space Remains’ and representatives of the Ukrainian Buddhist groups. Addressing the 200 strong audiences Telo Tulku Rinpoche briefly introduced himself saying that although he has never been to Ukraine before, he feels a strong connection with its people. He explained that since assuming the post of the Honorary Representative he feels an obligation to be an extension of His Holiness’s the Dalai Lama’s activities and make efforts to support his message of love, compassion, kindness and tolerance, which is especially relevant in the modern world.
Telo Tulku Rinpoche elaborated on the main commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama – promoting the human values and inter-religious harmony – and stressed the importance of dialogue to benefit mutual trust and understanding in all the aspects of our daily life.
During the Q&A session that followed the talk, people asked how to deal with conflicts, how to control one’s emotions without losing compassion and sense of care for others, and is it possible to wake up others to the idea of basic oneness of human beings. In answering the questions Telo Tulku Rinpoche quoted the advice that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been giving to the Tibetan people: Plan for the best, but be prepared for the worst. He explained that it’s unrealistic to expect the changes to happen overnight, but the important thing is not to give up and remain optimistic, because hope keeps us going on.
Concluding the talk Telo Tulku Rinpoche once again expressed his gratitude to the organisers and said that this gathering planted seeds for the future meetings. The exhibition ‘The Dalai Lama – As Long As Space Remains’ will be on display in Kyiv until 5 November, after which it will move on to Odessa.
– Report filed by Office of Tibet, Russia –