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Tibetan Water Dragon! - Tibetanlife Issue #12
February 22, 2012

Losar Tashi Delek

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We humbly wish you a Losar Tashi Delek, and best wishes for the Tibetan Water Dragon Year 2139.

Losar Tashi Delek!

The word Losar is derived from two words, “Lo” meaning “year” and “sar” meaning “new.” For centuries, Losar, Tibetan New Year has been a time of celebration, a time for families to come together and be thankful for their blessings, for religious faith to be honored in prayer and a time when neighbors and friends greet each other with “Losar Tashi Delek!” or (Best wishes for an auspicious New Year!”).

But this year’s Losar is marked with sorrow, with repression in Tibet reaching new lows, so it will be observed as a time for quiet reflection and tribute to all those Tibetans who have sacrificed their freedom and even their lives in protest against Chinese policies in Tibet.

We humbly wish you a Losar Tashi Delek, and best wishes for the Tibetan Water Dragon Year 2139.

Read the Tibetan Prime Minister's Losar Request or watch the video on You Tube here.

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A Short Tibetan Buddhist Teaching...

The Shortcomings of Harmful Thoughts
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The whole purpose of whatever we do is to make ourselves better; to have a better life and to become better people. We can become better people by changing our mind. Only by changing our mind can we become good people and have a good life. If we don’t change our mind by trying to recognize which thoughts give harm and which bring only peace—if we keep the same mind as we had before, we can never improve ourselves.

If we do not try to change; if we constantly keep the same harmful thoughts all the time, then our mind doesn’t change and our life doesn’t change. We can never become better people, even if we have received the whole teachings, the whole Buddhadharma.

Only transforming the mind—changing the mind from one full of harmful thoughts into a good mind—only that brings peace to ourselves and to other sentient beings. By changing this, our negative personality changes. Renouncing the mind of the harmful thoughts, we no longer have a bad personality—we have a good personality. That’s how we become good people and have a happy life, free from confusion. Then we have a meaningful life. This is what the teaching on meditation does.


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