The year Two Thousand and Twelve has arrived.
Some say this is the end of the world.
Others predict it will be the beginning of a new awareness.
We have just lived through a challenging and eventful year
And it certainly will be another year with lots happening.
But what is the use worrying about the future?
We need to live today the best we can
And create causes for a better tomorrow.
Let us celebrate the freedom of choice that we have.
Who says I cannot make a difference?
I can make a difference to myself and around me.
Isn’t that making enough difference to my world?
My mind goes to those brave men and women
Who offered their lives as lamps for the freedom of others.
My heart is moved by those who came forward to help
People in distress through natural or man-made calamities.
Human spirit of compassion, courage and longing for freedom,
Neither can be crushed by power nor bought with gold.
Let us celebrate that undying human spirit!
Happy New Year.
thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring poem and warmest wishes to you for a joyful, happy and healthy 2012
It’s true what Rinpoche sais, last year was a challenging year. There were great obstacles for many people in different countries all over the world, lots of sufferings and fights for freedom and democracy, many people lost there lives, jobs, dear and near ones and even homelands.
Here I realize how fortunate I’am -even though I did not always keep up the spirit in the best way – to be able to listen to the teachings of the Buddha, dharma-teachings from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche here on the online shedra on Bodhicharyavatara and the beautiful presentations of the Doha’s for celebrating the 900 year memorial of the 1 Karmapa.Yes, here in the West we have freedom to practice and make choices for the best. Also it is a blessing and joy to know and be connected with many good friends in life and on internet, who are all doing their best to work towards a better, more kind and human-worthy environment where all have equal rights and care.
And also I wish a very happy, healthy New Year for Rinpoche and the Bodhicharya sangha and all families of course. Tashi Delek.