Tibetan buddhism: understanding a different culture

Peace, nonviolence, tolerance, compassion, respect for all living beings. This is the message from five Tibetan Buddhist monks to our students of the class II C during the meeting, held in “Manonmani” (Yoga and oriental disciplines studies center) in  Bitonto.  These monks, coming from the Indian monastery of Gaden, have made some aspects of their culture known to the citizens and students of Bitonto: they made a mandala, prayed, sang sacred mantra and performed purification and blessing rites. The aim of the itinerant Tibetan monks is first and foremost to let people know their traditions that  nowadays are considered part of the  heritage of humanity. The monks have the status of political refugees and it was not easy for them  leaving for the European Peace Tour. They want everybody to know that since  1950, when China invaded Tibet, the Dalai Lama (the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism) and many Buddhist monks have gone into exile in India. Their mission is to let the world know about the suffering of Tibetan people and to tell the world about the lack of basic human rights in their country. The city of Bitonto warmly welcomed these 5 monks and our students also participated in this meeting with curiosity, sympathy and great interest for a culture which is completely different from ours: learning to know who comes from a different culture, it makes us better people, more open minded  and tolerant and it makes us break down mental barriers.

 

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