Mala Magazine
Issue #2 July 2016

Mala Magazine is privileged to wish Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama a happy birthday this month. See more birthday wishes from some of the artists who supported our annual benefit concert.

Congratulations to Jane L, June's member give-away winner.  See below for July's member give-away.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's birthday is typically celebrated as a national holiday with long-life prayers dedicated to His Holiness and community gatherings. He was born on 6 July, 1935. Named Lhamo Thondup he was born into a Tibetan farming family in the small village of Taktser located in the province of Amdo. The name, Lhamo Thondup, means ‘Wish-Fulfilling Goddess’. Taktser (Roaring Tiger) was a small village that stood on a hill overlooking a broad valley. 

Long Life Prayer 

Here in this pure land ringed by snowy peaks,
Oh, Tenzin Gyatso, gracious loving god,
Who brings us every help and happiness-
May you stand firm 'til the end of the world!


Birthday Wishes
A mala (hindi) is a string of beads made from simple stones, precious gems, bone and other materials. Malas are used to count mantras or prayers to aid concentration while meditating.

MALAs are traditionally made with 108 beads.  The number 108 is often used because:
 - this is the number of petals in the central nervous system of Chakras
- relates to the mathematical equation of 2 squared by 3 cubed
- is twice the number of letters in the Sanskrit alphabet
- is 100th the number of breaths in an hour
The Jokhang Temple,  Zuglagkang (Tibetan: གཙུག་ལག་ཁང༌།, is located in Barkhor Square in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is considered the most sacred and important temple in Tibet; the rooftop and roof ridges hold the iconic statues of a pair of golden deer flanking a Dharma wheel. The deer symbolize the audience of the Buddha’s teaching, being gentle, receptive, and attentive.  The wheel is a royal symbol, a symbol of the power of the truths to effect liberation. The Teacher is often compared to a lion, king of beasts, whose roar overwhelms all competition.  Thus, where the deer are bearing witness to the Dharma Wheel, the Buddhist education for freedom and happiness is underway.

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Pulse Reading
In Tibetan medicine pulse reading is one of the primary means of diagnosis. There are twelve distinct pulses at the radial artery of each wrist.  On one hand the doctor can feel the heart, small intestine, stomach, spleen; left kidney, reproductive organs. On the other the doctor feels the lung, large intestine, liver, gall bladder; urinary bladder; right kidney.

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July 1998 opening of new Tibet House galleries and public space at 22 west 15th Street in New York City in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  
Pictured here are founding members Philip Glass, Robert Thurman, Elizabeth Avedon, Elsie Walker, Richard Gere.  Photo by Sonam Zoksang
This month we are offering two gift opportunities for members: 365 Daily Advice from the Heart, by the Dalai Lama and/or two tickets to the July 6th birthday dinner (7pm) celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 81st with 200 guests at a select NYC location. Drawing July 5th. 
Join, renew or be a member to win! 
Enter here for Dinner
Enter here for the Book

Did you know...

......the Tibetic languages are a cluster of languages spoken primarily by Tibetan peoples, who live across a wide area of eastern Central Asia bordering India, including the Tibetan Plateau, Balistan, Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan.  There are at least eight different dialects all based on two Indic scripts with 26 letters. Classical Tibetan is a major regional literary language widely used in Buddhist writing.

If you cut your hair on these days:
July 1 -  will bring joy and happiness
July 2 -  will bring strife and quarrels
July 17 - will increase longevity
July 29 - an auspicious day to cut your hair

July 4 -  New moon
July 6  - Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
July 29 - Full moon and also Zamling Chisang (universal prayer day) 
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