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Dalai Lama teaches the ‘Tree of Faith- a Self Exhortation’ to Tibetan students

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  • The Dalai Lama gave public teachings to over 10,000 people from June 1- 3
  • ‘Heart of Wisdom’ Sutra and The Tree of Wisdom were recited
  • The Dalai Lama departed with the words, “We’ll meet again next year”

Dharamshala, H.P., India: From June 1 – 3, the Dalai Lama gave public teachings to over 10,000 people on ‘Tree of Faith- a Self Exhortation’, who had gathered around the Tsuglagkhang. The Tsuglagkhang is the main Tibetan temple located in Dharamshala, HP, India and is the main focus for many visiting pilgrims and tourists.

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The 10,000 people who had gathered for this public teaching included school students, over 600 college students, 2000 foreigners from 66 countries and 5000 individuals from the Tibetan public. This event was organised by Tibetan Children’s Village School and the local Introductory Buddhist Study Group

On June 1, 2016, the yearly event began with the recitation of The Heart of Wisdom Sutra in Tibetan. It was followed by verses in homage to Buddha. His Holiness then went on to explain that the text ‘Tree of Faith- a Self Exhortation’ was obtained from 16 Drops of Kadam, a special teaching that emerged from the interaction of Atisha, Dromtonpa, Ngok Legpai Sherab, Nagtso Lotsawa and Geshe Kawa at Yerpa Lhari Nyingpo.

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Dalai Lama explained the first verses of the text, before concluding for the day. He then encouraged everyone gathered to read the verses once again, reflect on the teachings and discuss it among themselves.

On the second morning, His Holiness took his seat after addressing the pupils sitting around his throne. The ‘Heart of Wisdom Sutra’ was recited. He then went on to cite a verse that summarised the teachings of Buddha. After an active discussion with the individuals gathered, the reading of the ‘Truth of Wisdom’ was resumed.

On the final morning of the public teaching, his Holiness lead a ceremony for the awakening of the mind. He also gave the permission of Manjushri, the bodhisattva embodying wisdom. After that, he went on to finish the reading of the text, ‘Tree of wisdom’. Soon after His Holiness had given his final remarks, the senior staff members of TCV made their offerings to him, which included 113 copies of a prayer to Amityasus and images of enlightenment.

In the eulogy that followed, Ngodup Wangdu, the director of TVC expressed his gratitude. He also wished for His Holiness’s long life.

The Dalai Lama departed with the words, “We’ll meet again next year”.

Report prepared by Devika Todi. Twitter @devika_todi

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said India and China have “great potential” and they could work together at a “practical level”.

“I think, a great potential… India and China combined are doing more compassionate work… At a practical level also. Imagine two billion people working together,” he told reporters here after inaugurating Smile Foundation’s initiative, The World of Children.

The spiritual leader, who has lived in India in self-imposed exile since 1959, said neither country had the “ability to destroy the other”.

“Whether you like it or not, you have to live side by side,” he said.

Underlining the ancient spiritual connection between the two countries, he said Chinese Buddhist Hsuan Tsang visited Nalanda (now in Bihar) and brought Nalanda Buddhist traditions to China.

“All thinkers of Nalanda are Indian. So Nalanda’s tradition is India’s tradition,” he said.

The Nalanda traditions had turned Tibetans, who were warriors, into more compassionate, peaceful and non-violent nation, he said.

“So sometimes in Delhi, teasing my Indian friend, (I say) if Tibet still remained in the previous way of life, like Mongols, Chinese invasion may not have taken place,” the Dalai Lama said in a lighter vein.

He said nobody in the world wanted violence but it was happening “because our minds are dominated by destructive emotions due to short-sightedness”.

“Nobody wants problems. Yet, many problems are our own creation.”

The Dalai Lama said the existing modern education was oriented to material values. India can take lead in improving the education system by combining modern education with ancient knowledge, he said. (IANS)

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In April this year, China had reacted violently to a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tawang, in India’s northeast border state of Arunachal Pradesh, large parts of which is claimed by Beijing.

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Beijing, October 21, 2017 : As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepares to visit India next week, China on Saturday warned that it will be deeply offended if any foreign leader meets with or any country invites the Dalai Lama.

On the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a Chinese Minister dubbed the Tibetan spiritual leader as a “political figure under the cloak of religion”.

“Any country or any organisation or anyone accepting to meet with the Dalai Lama in our view is a major offence to the sentiment of the Chinese people,” said Zhang Yijiong, Executive Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).

“Also, since they have committed to recognising China as a sole legitimate government representing China, it contravenes their attempt, because it is a serious commitment,” Zhang added.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of stoking unrest and secessionist activities in Tibet from where the spiritual leader fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising.

The Dalai Lama has urged for more autonomy for Tibet.

Beijing opposes any country or leader keeping in touch with the Dalai Lama.

“I want to make it clear that the 14th Dalai Lama, the living Buddha handed down by history is a political figure under the cloak of religion,” said Zhang.

In February this year, Tillerson had told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing that he is committed to promoting dialogue on Tibet and receiving the Dalai Lama.

Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi had visited the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, in May, and sought to draw the world’s attention to human rights in Tibet, triggering protests by China.

China resorts to different tactics if any country hosts the Dalai Lama. For instance, Beijing blocked a major highway leading to Mongolia, crippling the economy there after Ulan Bator hosted the leader late last year.

Mongolia later apologised and promised Beijing never to invite the Dalai Lama.

“Officials, in their capacity as officials, attending all foreign-related activities represent their governments. So I hope governments around the world speak and act with caution and give full consideration to their friendship with China and their respect for China’s sovereignty,” Zhang added.

The comments from the Chinese Minister also comes days after Tillersoon described India as a partner in a strategic relationship and said the US would “never have the same relationship with China, a non-democratic society”.

According to reports, last month China refused to fund travel for visiting scholars at University of California, San Diego, apparently in retaliation for inviting the Dalai Lama to be its 2017 commencement speaker.

In April this year, China had reacted violently to a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tawang, in India’s northeast border state of Arunachal Pradesh, large parts of which is claimed by Beijing. (IANS)

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Imphal, October 16: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will arrive here on Tuesday on a three-day visit to Manipur, officials said.

This will be his second trip to India’s northeast after his April visit to Arunachal Pradesh.

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh told IANS on Monday that the government had declared the Dalai Lama a state guest.

“We will extend a warm welcome to him. He will be given all facilities as an honoured guest,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Dalai Lama will be given a public reception at the Convention Centre here. It will be followed by a felicitation programme at the same venue.

The Dalai Lama will interact with members of the public and dignitaries.

The Dalai Lama, who has lived in India in self-imposed exile since fleeing his homeland in 1959, is coming to Manipur at the invitation of the Speaker of the Manipur Assembly.

His Arunachal Pradesh visit had sparked a diplomatic row between India and China.(IANS)