With performances by Exiled Prophet of the MOAMENT Crew and comedian Nicholas Mongolian Beef Balsirow. Guest speakers will include Kunsang Kelden, contributor to Lhakar Diaries, a blog dedicated to fighting for the survival of the Tibetan nation and identity. Guest speakers will also include alumni Dechen Kelden, director and creator of a documentary which honors the oral histories of the Kalmyk Mongolians.
This event is the first of its kind and is presented by APICAD (ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COALITION FOR ACTION AND DIVERSITY). Showcased activists and artists will describe their efforts to reaffirm their identities as a form of activism.
"Compassion without attachment is possible. Therefore, we need to clarify the distinctions between compassion and attachment. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Because of this firm foundation, a truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively. Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections and expectations, but rather on the needs of the other: irrespective of whether another person is a close friend or an enemy, as long as that person wishes for peace and happiness and wishes to overcome suffering, then on that basis we develop genuine concern for their problem. This is genuine compassion.
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from The Compassionate Life
For a Buddhist practitioner, the goal is to develop this genuine compassion, this genuine wish for the well-being of another, in fact for every living being throughout the universe."
Lhasa, Tibet; every step is a prayer- prostration pilgrimage over vast distances to the Jokhang, the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism ©Douglas MacRae
Teaching Kalmyks literacy, Elista, undated. Photo by Arkady Shaikhet.
English reciting of Praise To The 21 Taras Mantra by Karma Thinlay Thome.
18 сентября на Пагоде Семи дней в рамках празднования своего двухлетия организация “ИТКЛ” впервые провела флешмоб - МАССОВЫЙ КАЛМЫЦКИЙ ТАНЕЦ в центре родной столицы.
Спасибо всем, кто поддержал это доброе дело во благо всех жителей Калмыкии!
Ик ханлт өргҗәнәвидн! Хальмгуд, Уррралан!!!
On September 18, ITKL held a flashmob- mass kalmyk dancing- in the center of the city.
“Thank you to everyone who supported this project for the benefit of all the citizens of Kalmykia!
ik hanlt өrgҗәnәvidn! Halmgud, Urrralan!”
Telo Tulku Rinpoche recently visited New York City on Saturday, February 2nd to speak at an event hosted by the Kalmyk Project, formerly known as the Ulan Zalata organization at the Best Western Gregory Hotel. The room was filled with over fifty people, families and individuals who came to hear Telo Rinpoche’s unique message. I knew that Rinpoche travelled often and that his time was quite precious so I attended the event with my partner because I felt a strong desire to attend.
I have heard Rinpoche address the Kalmyk community of New Jersey on several occasions and was always very impressed by the way he questioned the social norms and human behaviors of the world in which we live. The importance of compassion was a major theme in his message. He said, “money is easily lost but investment in compassion and your happiness cannot be lost. We are born with all of these great qualities but we don’t use them. We don’t use our compassion and whose fault is that?” He stressed the importance of accepting and loving oneself because then we will be able to love others. He said that if you hate yourself, you will hate others.
A reoccurring message in his speeches amongst the Kalmyk community has been the importance of cultural preservation and knowledge of Buddhist philosophy. During my education at Sarah Lawrence College I studied psychology, in particular the psychology of immigration and cultural genocide and I am now at a stage in my life where I am looking for employment. I find myself in a tough situation where people are suggesting to me that I should change my name in an effort to make my name sound more American. Other suggestions have included not wearing any “tribal” jewelry and not spending time trying to learn my ethnic languages because they will not help me in the job market.
I was so drawn to Rinpoche’s teaching because it was the complete opposite of what these suggestions were. Rinpoche urged Kalmyks to protect and preserve what belongs to us, Kalmyk culture, which he explains as a nonviolent culture based on compassion teachings of the Buddha.
He said, I don’t want you to feel embarrassed but I want you to feel embarrassed if you do not know the aspects of your culture because that is the only way we will protect it.
During the event Rinpoche asked how many people in the room knew how to do prostrations, a kind of bowing movement one does in an effort to show respect to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. He drew his palms together in prayer, starting at the top of his forehead, his throat, then his heart, then knelt down and touched his forehead to floor pointed towards the alter and outstretched his hands towards the Buddha thangkas. He described these movements as symbolizing letting go of one’s ego to show respect and lift oneself from the lower realms of rebirth.
Rinpoche also took quite a bit of time to explain the importance of utilizing the resources we have in our Kalmyk community of New Jersey. He says the local monks in Howell, NJ have given their services not for personal gain but because they care. They are here as a resource because if we have a question about the Buddhist religion, we have someone to consult with. He continued to thank the monks for their service to the Kalmyk community of New Jersey. The monks who did attend the event were Geshe Tenpa who has been serving the community in Howell for thirteen years, Geshe Samdhu who done so for five years, and Lobsang Tenpa for twelve years.
The evening ended with the breaking of bourtzich (traditional Kalmyk bread), piroshky (Russian potato fried pastry), Kalmyk Tsa, (Kalmyk tea) and the beginning of many new conversations amongst the guests.
*Photos taken by Oleg Katalaev
Written by the Young Turquoise Bee
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