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Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

An Initiative to provide insight into religious diversity, build cross-cultural understanding and encourage spiritual growth

NINTH INTERFAITH YOUTH PILGRIMAGE 2012 IN SOUTH INDIA 2nd – 16th May 2012 Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Core 4A, UGF, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003 Tel: (91) (11) 24648450 ∫ Fax: Tel: (91) (11) 24648451 Email: ∫ Website: 1

"To meet the challenges of our times, I believe that humanity must develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for our own individual self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. Today we are so interdependent, so closely interconnected with each other, that without a sense of universal responsibility, a feeling of universal brotherhood and sisterhood, and an understanding and belief that we really are a part of one big human family, we cannot hope to overcome the dangers to our very existence – let alone bring about peace and happiness." - His Holiness the Dalai Lama



About the Foundation


Programme Overview


Programme Details


Spiritual Film Festival


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About the Foundation "This Foundation will implement projects to benefit people everywhere, focusing especially on assisting nonviolent methods, on improving communications between religion and science, on securing human rights and democratic freedoms, and on conserving and restoring our precious Mother Earth." His Holiness the Dalai Lama VISION     

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Foster the celebration of diversity, the spirit of universal responsibility and the understanding of interdependence across faiths, creeds and religions. Support personal transformation in ways that facilitate larger processes of social change. Develop and sustain peace building and coexistence initiatives in regions of violent conflict and social unrest. Encourage and cultivate Ahimsa (nonviolence) as a guiding principle for interaction among human beings and with their environments. Offer inclusive and holistic paradigms of education that prioritize experiential learning, cross-cultural dialogue, and a global ethic of peace and justice. Build capacity for conflict transformation, human rights and democratic freedom through partnerships with civil society groups across the globe. Explore new frontiers on understanding of the mind by building bridges between science and spirituality. Support the professional development of future leaders and decisionmakers through scholarships and fellowships. Create media products and educational materials that promote the objectives of the Foundation. Nurture an understanding of the relevance and value of Tibetan civilisational heritage to contemporary issues and predicaments.


About the Foundation MISSION 

To promote universal responsibility in a manner that respects difference and encourages a diversity of beliefs, practices and approaches.


To build a global ethic of nonviolence, coexistence, gender equity and peace by facilitating secular processes that cultivate personal and social ethical values.


To enrich educational paradigms that tap the transformative potential of the human mind.

The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness The Dalai Lama is a not for profit, non-sectarian, non-denominational organization established with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness in 1989 . In the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations, the Foundation brings together men and women of different faiths, professions and nationalities, through a range of initiatives and mutually sustaining collaborations.


Programme Overview The Interfaith Dialogue programme seeks to provide space for participants to embrace religious diversity, build cross-cultural understanding and encourage spiritual growth through first hand exploration of different faith traditions. The fourteen-day involves visits to religious centres across South India. It will start from Bengaluru, moving onto Mysuru, Shravanbelagola and Bylakuppe. Two days will be spent at each center. First day will be dedicated to lectures/discussions on each faith and the second day will be spent in attending the prayers. The sessions will be conducted and coordinated by the Centers as per a predetermined schedule after consultation with the Foundation. The Centers may conduct guided tours of the place and visits to their respective places of worship. Participants are requested to bring modest clothing and prepare themselves with basic understanding of each faith before coming. As per the norms of the tour, participants are requested to read the Application Form very carefully and stick to the fundamental instructions. However, there are no rigid directives, participants are requested to be understanding and open hearted. Modest accommodation will be provided at each center with vegetarian meals unless otherwise arranged at nearby commercial areas. The group will be traveling together & using local transport as the Center are within a relatively small geographic areas. During the programme Transportation, Accommodation and Meals will be arranged by the Foundation and group will be escorted by a staff member. During the pilgrimage, some places require extensive walking to reach the destination, we prefer applicants to be physically fit to participate. Should the participants require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Reporting Information: Report on 2 May, 2 pm at Tibetan SOS TCV Youth Hostel No. 7, Sampangiramaiah Garden, Srinivagalu Viveknagar Post, Bengaluru-47 Tel :(91) (80)22720497/22720495/22720494 Mobile :(+91)9886355156 ( Mr. Dhondup)


Programme Details MEDITATION & YOGA 3 - 9 MAY, 6 - 7 AM Venue: Tibetan SOS TCV Youth Hostel By: Choe Khor Sum Ling Centre Ashwini, No. 24, 1st floor, 3rd Main Street Domlur Layout 1st stage Bangalore - 560 071 9886082419 (91) (080) 414 864 97

The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body and spirit are all one and cannot be clearly separated. Yet there is a multitude of philosophical ideas developed by looking into the deeper dimensions of the body, mind and spirit.

“ …..The best time for practicing meditation is in the morning, in a quiet place, when the mind is very clear and alert. It helps not to have eaten to much the night before nor to sleep too much; this makes the mind lighter and sharper the next morning. Gradually the mind will become more and more stable; mindfulness and memory will become clearer”. His Holiness the Dalai Lama

SPIRITUAL FILM SCREENINGS* 3 - 8 & 11 – 14 MAY, 7.30 PM Venue: Tibetan SOS TCV Youth Hostel & Choe Khor Sum Ling Centre * Please read synopsis, timing and film details at spiritual film festival section


Programme Details ISLAM A THURSDAY & FRIDAY 3 - 4 MAY Venue: The Solitaire Hotel

Islamic Voice

(91) (80) 40443636

The Solitaire Hotel

3, Kumara Krupa Road

Mr. Riyaz: (+91) 9845043805


Mr. Mahmood: (+91) 9845074549

Bangalore - 560001

Topics: Background to Muslims in India, Concept of God and purpose of life, Sharia Law – Two sources of guidance, Basic Beliefs & Practices, Adhan/Call to prayer, Visit Mosque & Presentation, Concept of Jihad and Islam and Terrorism, Video – This is Islam, Worship in Islam – Articles of Faith, Brotherhood and the concept of Ummah, Women in Islam, Islam and Science – video clipping, Pillars of Islam, Shahadah, Salat, Saum, Zakat, Hajj, Etiquette and Manners, Muslims and Environment, Islamic Art and Heritage, Islam in the West, Shia and Suni sects among Muslims

"O mankind! We created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know and honor each other (not that you should despise one another). Indeed the most honorable of you in the sight of God is the most righteous." (Quran, 49:13)


Programme Details CHRISTAINITY SATURDAY & SUNDAY 5 – 6 MAY Venue: St. Mark's Cathedral St. Mark's Cathedral Bengaluru Church of South India-Karnataka Central Diocese No. 1, Mahatma Gandhi Road Bengaluru – 560001 (91) (080) 22213633 (+91) 9342569764

Topics: What is Christianity and what do Christians believe, Understanding Trinity (The Son, Father and the Holy Ghost), Jesus of Nazareth, Christian morality, Christianity and other religions, Church history and Christian denominations, Christianity Basics, Christian Beliefs, Christian Books, Christianity Charts, Christian Denominations, Christian History, Christian Holidays, Christian People, Christian Practices, Christian Texts, Christian Symbols, History of St. Mark's Cathedral Church, Christian Social Values, Customs and Practices, Visit Church and Attend Sunday Mass

"If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?" 1 John 3:17 (NLT) ‘ And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.’ The Bible: Mark 12:30-31


Programme Details SIKHISM MONDAY AND TUESDAY 7 – 8 MAY Venue: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Sri Guru Singh Sabha Karnataka Sikh Welfare Society Ulsoor, Bangalore - 560008

(+91) 9686678431 (+91) 9686678431

Topics: Who and What is a Sikh, Philosophy, Sri Guru Granth Sahib, History and Practices , The significance as well as translations of various banis of the Gurus, The similarities and differences between Sikhism and other major religions in existance during the times of the Gurus, Women in Sikhism, Gurdwaras, The Khalsa, Rehat Maryada, Religious Emblems, Ceremonies & Festivals, Visit to Gurdwara and attend gathering, Golden Temple, Sikh Way of Life, Sikh Youth, Sikh Warriors, Sikh Martyrs, Sikh Women, Famous Sikhs, Sikh Ethics, Sikh Prayers, Punjabi Cuisine, Sikh Matrimonial, Europeans in Sikh History

“Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the common religious scripture of all…. Sikhs have been unsuccessful in making the world know about their religious scripture. Today, humanity is in dire need of Guru Granth Sahib’s peaceful and loving message”. English writer Archer, author of book Sikh Faith As fragrance abides in the flower As reflection is within the mirror, So does your Lord abide within you, Why search for him without ? Guru Nanak 10

Programme Details HINDUISM* WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY Venue: Ramakrishna Math Bull Temple Road Basavanagudi, Bangalore - 560 019 (91) (80) 2661 3149/2667 1010

Topics: Vedas, Upanishads, Purana, Other Primar Texts Epics, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, Modern books, About Dharma, History, Beliefs, Concept of God, Devas and Avatars, Karma and Samsara, Objectives of Human Life, Yoga, Practices, Rituals, Pilgrimage, Festivals, Scriptures, Shruti, Smritis, Ashramas, Monasticism, Varnas, Ahimsa, vegetarianism and other food customs, Ramakrishna Order , Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, Visit the Temple and attend evening prayers

“Hinduism…..gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the God ward endeavor of the human spirit. An immense many-sided and many staged provision for a spiritual self-building and self-finding, it had some right to speak of itself by the only name it knew, the eternal religion, Santana Dharma….” Sri Aurobindo "Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in realizing not in believing, but in being and becoming." Swami Vivekananda *Leave for Krishnamurti Foundation Bengaluru in the evening


Programme Details SPIRITUALISM THURSDAY, 10 MAY Venue: The Study, KFI Krishnamurti Foundation India Valley School Campus 17th Km Kanakpura Road Thatguni Post Bangalore – 560062 (91) (80) 2843-5243

Topics: Is it possible to live an orderly life in this chaotic world?, Do I know myself?, Harmony in Relationship, To Listen, to Look, to Learn!, What is Right Action?, Why do I resist Change?, Freedom from Fear, Youth Gathering: What are you doing with your Life?, Silence, Stillness, Meditation.(4-day), Ending of Conflict., Freedom, Responsibility & Discipline, What is a Religious Mind ?

"To be clear in one’s intentions is quite an arduous task; intention is as a flame, ceaselessly urging one to understand. Be clear in your intentions and you will see, things will work out. To be clear in the present is all that one needs, but it is not quite so easy as it sounds. One has to clear the field for the new seed and once the seed is planted, its own vitality and strength creates the fruit and the seed." - Pupul Jayakar’s Biography, Chapter 23

“Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence.” J. Krishnamurti


Programme Details JAINISM* FRIDAY & SATURDAY 11-12 MAY Venue: Jain Math SDJMI Managing Committee Shravanbelagola Hassan District (91) (8176) - 257226,257235, 257259

Topics: Jaina View of Life/Karma, Janism, A Treatise on Jainism,Ten Virtues of Monks, Twelve Reflections or Bhavnas, Twelve Vows Of Layperson, Fourteen Auspicious Dreams, Five Bodies and Eight Vargnas, Five Great Vows (Mahavratas, Six Universal Substances (Dravyas, Meaning of Ashta Prakari Puja, Nine Tattvas (Principles),Prakrit Script, Jain Texts, Main principles, Core beliefs, Non-violence in thought and practice, Concept of karma, Shedding of past karmas (Nirjara), Tirthankaras, Cosmology, Customs and practices, Pacifism, Meditation, Monasticism, Vegetarianism, Fasting, Rules of complete fast, Types of fasting, Worship and rituals, Preparation for prayer, Ashta Prakari Puja (Eight Symbolic Offering Prayer), Dev Shastra Guru Puja (Prayer for Arihants/Siddhas, Scriptures, and Teachers), Festivals, History, Geographical spread and influence, Denominations, Symbolism, Culture, Contributions to Indian culture, Literature, Constitutional status in India, Jainism and other religions, Guided Pilgrimage of Shravanbelagola Temples and Caves

“Dharma has been the foundation of the Indian culture�. Sri Swasthishree Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji

*Leave early morning by bus to Shravanbelagola


Programme Details TOUR* *Leave early morning by bus to Bylakuppe SUNDAY, 13 MAY Tibetan Children’s Village School Bylakuppe,, Tibetan Old People’s Home, Karuna Home for the Disabled,, Namdroling Golden Temple,, Namdroling Nunnery, Tibetan Organic Farming Centre, Sera Jey Monastery,, Sera Mey Monastery,

BUDDHISM* MONDAY & TUESDAY 14-15 MAY Venue: Yiga Choeling Sera-Jey Monastic University for Advanced Buddhist Studies and Practice P.O. Bylakuppe - 571104 (+91) 9845350537 (91) (8223) 258435, 258035

Topics: Introduction to Buddhism in General, Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Buddhism and Society, Relevance and Role of Religion (interfaith) in 21st Century, Introduction to Buddhist Meditation, Buddhism in our daily life, Uniqueness of Buddhism from other faiths, Sharing, Individual Experiences, Concept of Shunyata (Emptiness),Tibetan Monastic System, History of Buddhism, Th e Four Noble Truths, Eight Fold Paths, Tour to Debate Session, Tour around Sera Monastery

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” His Holiness The Dalai Lama *Wednesday, 16 May: End of Programme 14

Spiritual Film Screenings SPIRITUAL FILM SCREENINGS* 3 - 8 & 11 – 14 MAY, 7.30 PM Venue: Tibetan SOS TCV Youth Hostel & Choe Khor Sum Ling Centre, Yiga Choeling, Jain Math Shravanbelagola 3 MAY, THURSDAY MOHAMMED THE PROPHET (PBUH)

A film by Chema Sarmiento 273 minutes A journey back to the origins of the Koran to understand why it has over a billion followers in the world. Mohammed, son of Abdullah, was born in Mecca in about 571 A.D. He was orphaned at the age of six and was brought up to be a merchant, the traditional occupation of the prestigious Hashemite clan to which he belonged. In 610, when he was 40, Mohammed had a vision of an angel and received his first divine revelation. From then on, he spent all his time preaching, proclaiming his faith to ever-larger audiences from Mecca to Medina until his death in 632. The Prophet's biography is told via rare interviews with a number of Muslims, including imams, whilst academics from the Arab world and beyond shed further light on various sections of the narrative. With the aid of calligraphic manuscripts, Ottoman illuminations and sequences filmed in the mosques and Koran schools, the documentary series MOHAMMED demonstrates the vast importance of the prophet whose lifestory is inextricably woven into the Koran, the sacred text on which Islam is founded.


Spiritual Film Screenings 4 MAY, FRIDAY DECODING THE PAST: SECRETS OF THE KORAN A film by the History Channel 91 minutes The Koran is one of the most important works ever written. For almost one billion people worldwide, it is the Holy Scripture, the word of God and his prophet. For others, it is a historical artifact that has left an indelible imprint on the world. DECODING THE PAST: SECRETS OF THE KORAN probes the heart of the work that many outside Islam find mysterious. This feature-length program examines the history of the verses and their implications for modern times, as wel as the striking similarities and differences between the Koran and the Bible. Trace the influence of the Koran from the Golden Age of Islam to the modern rise of jihadism, and hear from top Islamic scholars and holy men as they share their insights into the work that lies at the foundation of one of the world’s great religions. THE HISTORY CHANNEL provides the perfect guide to understanding the fundamental work that has shaped the Muslim faith for over 1,400 years, and will long continue to influence modern history. 5 MAY, SATURDAY THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST A Film by Martin Scorsese 163 minutes Nikos Kazantzakis’ landmark novel comes to breathtaking life in this moving and spiritual film. The carpenter Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for him. But as his mission nears fulfillment, he must face the greatest temptation: the normal life of a good man. Based, not on the Gospels, but on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name.


Spiritual Film Screenings 6 MAY, SUNDAY MOTHER TERESA Starring Olivia Hussey; Dir: Fabrizio Costa 115 minutes Mother Teresa - the movie: the inspirational portrayal of Mother Teresa, a simple nun who became one of the most significant personalities of the 20th Century. Armed with a faith that could move mountains, Mother Teresa followed her calling to help the poor, the lepers, the dying and the abandoned children in the slums of Calcutta, challenging many authorities - including the church - along the way. 7 MAY, MONDAY A HISTORY OF GOD with Karen Armstrong based on the best selling book 100 minutes A History of God examines the familiar images of deity as presented in the Bible and Koran and traces the evolution and interrelation of the various Christian, Jewish, and Islamic interpretations of the divine figure. Through balanced analysis of historic and holy texts and extensive use of ancient art and artifacts, we’ll follow the long road to today’s understanding of God and what the journey–and the destination–have to tell us about humanity and its neverending search for meaning and comfort. From the time of Abraham to the present, this is a thought-provoking look at the God at the heart of the world’s three great monotheistic religions. 8 MAY, TUESDAY ADI SHANKARACHARYA A film by G.V. Iyer 120 minutes The only film ever to be made in classic Sanskrit (English sub-titles). The award winning film is based on the life of one of the greatest thinkers the Indian subcontinent has ever known, Adi Shankaracharya, is a stupefying achievement in the annals of world cinema. 17

Spiritual Film Screenings 11 MAY, FRIDAY AHIMSA: NON-VIOLENCE, AN EXPLORATION OF THE JAIN TRADITION The first film to chronicle the world of Jainism, a vegetarian, non-violent ancient religion of India. 12 MAY, SATURDAY TRAVELLERS & MAGICIANS A film by Khyentse Norbu 108 minutes Mystical journeys of spiritual discovery are set against the spectacular, evocative landscape of the remote Kingdom of Bhutan in Travellers & Magicians. 13 MAY, SUNDAY THE BUDDHA Narrated by Richard Gere, Dir: David Grubin 120 minutes The Buddha, a two-hour documentary by Emmy Award winner David Grubin tells the story of the Indian sage who attained enlightenment as he sat beneath a fig tree two-and-a-half millennia ago. 14 MAY, MONDAY IN GOD'S NAME: WISDOM FROM THE WORLD'S GREAT SPIRITUAL LEADERS A film by National Geographic Society 92 Minutes IN GOD'S NAME offers a rare opportunity for everyone -- devout, skeptical or in between -- to travel on a journey of spiritual discovery and come to know 12 of the most holy people alive today, guardians of an empire beyond the earthly realm.



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