Bir: H.E Tai Situpa Rinpoche yesterday offered a long life prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the second day of His Holiness’ two day visit to Sherabling monastery in Bir, Himachal Pradesh.
Before the long life prayer offering, His Holiness cut the ribbon to inaugurate the newly constructed Lungrik Jamphelling institute, the new learning centre of the monastery. His Holiness then conferred a long life empowerment to the over 8000 strong public who have gathered at the monastery to receive the initiation. Members of the Kashag Kalon Pema Chhinjor, Kalon Ngdoup Drongchung, Kalon Tsering Wangchuk along with Speaker Penpa Tsering, Chief Justice Commissoner Mr Kargyu Dhondup and heads of various Tibetan organisations were also in attendance.
In his address to the public, His Holiness urged the public that Buddhism is not about blind faith. Buddha’s principal teaching is about dispelling ignorance through the use of reasoning. His Holiness reminded that Buddha himself advised his followers to examine for themselves what he said and to accept it only if they found it accorded with reason.
His Holiness then spoke briefly about his three main commitments in life i.e promotion of human values, religious harmony, and preservation of Tibet’s religious, cultural and linguistic heritage.
“We need to acknowledge that we are part of the 7 billion human beings. We are all dependent on each other for our survival. Similarly, there is no one true religion that taught one truth. All religions preach love and compassion toward one another though several aspects of the truth,” His Holiness said.
His Holiness also spoke about the importance of preserving Tibetan culture and language. “The purest form of the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism is preserved only in the Tibetan script in the present context. Therefore, preserving Tibetan language is imperative to clearly understand the teachings of Buddha,” His Holiness said, adding that the scriptures should not be treated solely as objects of reverence but also as a source of knowledge.
His Holiness then proceeded to give a short teaching on Atisha’s ‘Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment’.
Tai Situpa Rinpoche’s long life prayer offering to His Holiness the Dalai Lama followed the teaching.
After lunch, His Holiness returned to Dharamshala as thousands of Tibetans stood on the sides of the road to pay their reverence.