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Dalai Lama: We Must Learn More About Each Other January 30, 2012

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Exclusive Interview done by Russian Journalist Olga Lipich

Translated by Elena Shlychkov.

More than seven thousand pilgrims from Russia, China, India, Mongolia, Japan, USA and other countries came to learn religious teachings on the eve of 2012. This event was held by the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, XIV, at the request of Russian Buddhists in their Indian residence in the city Dharamsala (foothills of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh).

From Russia (mostly from Buryatia, Kalmykia, Tuva, as well as Moscow, St. Petersburg and other big cities) half a thousand people came to listen to “Ocean Teacher” (translated as The Dalai Lama), incarnation of Avalokitesvara Buddha of compassion. He spoke about relations with Russia, the renunciation of political power, on how to achieve harmony between people of different faiths and the root causes of the global crisis.

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Yoga and Meditation, Part 1. Prevent Injury. Part 2. Cultivate Compassion December 16, 2011

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Yoga can be beautiful and beneficial unless your yoga “teacher” did not bother to tell you about the importance of postural alignment and did not warn you about how yoga can damage your body and your mind.  The lack of proper instruction during your yoga practice can contribute to injury and it can lead you in the wrong direction. Below are some basic tips on how to structure your daily yoga practice so that you can avoid damage and find joy in practicing yoga.

The first organizing principle underlying human movement and postures is our existence in a gravitational field”-  (H.D.  Coulter). Therefore, it is useful to keep recalling how the force of gravity dominates our daily yoga practices.  D. Coulter teaches that every movement we make is influenced by the gravitational field, and that we have to pay attention to our musculoskeletal system and its “mechanisms” that make movements and postures possible. “The musculoskeletal system does more than move the body; it also serves as a movable container for the internal organs. Just as a robot houses and protects its hidden supporting elements (power plant, integrated circuits, programmable computers, self-repairing components and enough fuel to function for a reasonable length of time) so does the musculoskeletal system house and protect the delicate internal organs.”- (H. D. Coulter “Anatomy of Hatha Yoga”).

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