DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama today began the annual series of introductory teachings for Tibetan youths at the Upper Tibetan Children’s Village school here. Over 4,000 Tibetan youths, including 840 registered college students are attending the teaching, aimed to create more awareness about Tibetan Buddhism and culture among the youth.
The two-day teachings include commentaries on ‘The Heart Sutra’ and ‘Praise to the Intelligent One’ on the mornings of June 4 and 5. On June 6 morning, His Holiness will confer the Avalokiteshvera Initiation.
Addressing the youths before the formal initiation of the teaching, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that Buddha’s teachings should be treated as a branch of philosophical education rather than just a religion. His Holiness said that the sustenance and advancement of Buddhism in the world will depend on the Tibetan people’s determination to study the essence of Buddha’s teaching.
His Holiness also emphasised the development of mental faculty and learning the wisdom of morality as very essential. He said that the source of moral values lies in learning the profound and pristine teachings of Buddha, available only in Tibetan language, therefore urging Tibetan youths to improve their Tibetan language proficiency to fully understand Buddha’s teachings.
The first two days of teachings will be held indoors while the initiation on the third day will be held outdoors on the TCV basketball grounds where there will be seating for all.
This year’s teaching is the eighth in the series of introductory teachings organised by Buddhism Introductory Committee of Dharamsala (BICD) since 2007.