HHDL in 2006

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Los Angeles Visit
Sept 12, 13 & 14th, 2006

Welcome to the website for the visit of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Los Angeles, 2006!


Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen and the students of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Center in Long Beach, California, are greatly honored and deeply pleased to be hosting His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama on September 12, 13, and 14, 2006 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

Our time with the His Holiness will be divided into two days of teaching and one day of initiation at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and a public talk at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.

This year's teachings, while open to everyone interested, will be
focused toward practicing students of Buddhism. On the first two days
His Holiness will teach from Arya Nagarjuna's splendid and concise
text, Jangchup Semdrel, Commentary on Bodhicitta (mind of enlightenment). On the last day, His Holiness will confer the Chittamani Tara Permission Initiation (Dolma Chittamani Jenang). The teachings and initiation will be translated into English, Chinese and Vietnamese.

The public talk will be given by His Holiness on Wednesday, September
13th at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City. The talk will begin
at 2:30 pm. The topic is Compassion: the Source of Happiness.

A verse quoted often by His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Shantideva's The Way of the Bodhisattva:

As long as space endures
As long as sentient beings remain
Until then, may I too remain
To dispel the miseries of the world.

    (Chapter 10. verse 55)

This is the dedication and way of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama.

Pasadena Teachings On the Web

His Holiness' teachings at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California , and His Holiness' public talk, recorded live at the Gibson Amphitheatre, are now available in audio and low resolution video at the links listed below. Our Internet connection has limited capacity, so if you are denied a connection, please try again later.


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First teaching session - September 12, 2006
Second teaching session - September 12, 2006
Third teaching session - September 13, 2006
Public talk, recorded live at the Gibson Amphitheatre - September 13, 2006
Fourth teaching session - September 14, 2006
Note: Due to a technical problem, in the first few minutes of the first teaching
session, our audio contained five languages at once. You may prefer to
fast forward past that section.
High quality DVDs of the teachings and the talk became available for purchase about one month after His Holiness' visit. Contact us by email or phone to inquire about availablility.
Notes on viewing/hearing the teachings for non-Windows users:
Macintosh: For best results, download the Windows Media
Player for Macintosh at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/software/macintosh/osx/default.aspx
Some versions of the Real Player may be configured to
play our files. See the Real Player site for more details.
Linux: To the best of our knowledge, our files can
be played with M-Player. Please visit the M-Player site for more details.
Why Windows Media?:  We selected the Windows Media format because
it offers the greatest benefit to the widest audience
at the lowest cost.


Suggested Reading List for the Visit of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Los Angeles, 2006

We have put together a short list of books that we believe would provide a good foundation for those attending the teachings. The text His Holiness will teach, Arya Nagarjuna's splendid and concise Jangchup Semdre, Commentary on Bodhicitta (mind of enlightenment), is currently being translated and will be provided for free to those attending the teaching.

Through all of our efforts and these precious teachings, may the Dharma flourish and end all suffering for sentient beings.

The Dalai Lama: A Policy Of Kindness

This introduction to the life and teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an excellent book for those attending a public talk of His Holiness for the first time.

"The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness brought me gently and pleasantly into the life and mind of this extraordinary spiritual leader and assured the success of my interview with him." — Bill Moyers, PBS Television, Public Affairs TV, Inc. 

Essence of the Heart Sutra: The Dalai Lama's Heart of Wisdom Teaching

This volume comprises the Dalai Lama's famous Heart of Wisdom teachings of 2001, including an overview of Buddhism, background material, as well as commentary on the text.


The Heart Sutra is a presentation of profound wisdom on the nature of emptiness and selflessness, but these terms can be easily misunderstod. The Dalai Lama identifies misconceptions an shows how an understanding of emptiness leads not to nihilism, but to a view of reality and to a deep and compassionate understanding.


Essential Teachings: His Holiness the Dalai Lama  

From a series of talks given by the Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya, India, the site of the Buddha's enlightenment. His precise and eloquent commentary on the "Path of the Bodhisattva," one of the most important teaching texts of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, offers a step-by-step guide to thirty-seven practices designed to help cultivate the spirit of compassion for all life and service to others that is at the heart of Buddhism. In Part Two of this book, "The Key of Madhyamika," the Dalai Lama draws on many important Tibetan Buddhist texts to present a well-reasoned and clear explanation of the Middle Way, a key Buddhist understanding.

Mind Training: The Great Collection
Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Translator

Compiled in the fifteenth century, Mind Training: The Great Collection is the earliest anthology of a special genre of Tibetan literature known as "mind training," or lojong in Tibetan. The principal focus of these texts is the systematic cultivation of such altruistic thoughts and emotions as compassion, love, forbearance, and perseverance. The mind-training teachings are highly revered by the Tibetan people for their pragmatism and down-to-earth advice on coping with the various challenges and hardships that unavoidably characterize everyday human existence.

The Way to Freedom: Core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism
The Way to Freedom, the inaugural volume of the landmark Library of Tibet series, is the essential primer on Tibetan Buddhism for both neophytes and advanced students. Based on a fifteenth-century text never before translated for a general audience, it is the revered heart of Tibetan practice, presented here in easy-to-understand steps by the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual and political leader.


 The World of Tibetan Buddhism

With characteristic humility, His Holiness the Dalai Lama begins this landmark survey of the entire Buddhist path saying, “I think an overview of Tibetan Buddhism for the purpose of providing a comprehensive framework of the Buddhist path may prove helpful in deepening your understanding and practice.”

Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In this book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives a commentary to not only Atisha's revolutionary work but also to Lines of Experience, a short text written by Lama Tsong Khapa, who was perhaps the greatest of all Tibetan lam-rim authors. In bringing together Atisha, Lama Tsong Khapa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this book offers readers one of the clearest and most authoritative expositions of the Tibetan Buddhist path ever published, and it is recommended for those at the beginning of the path, the middle and the end. This is the first time a major teaching by the Dalai Lama has been published for free distribution.
Updated Friday, Jan 23, 2009