DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama today graced the conclusion of the 12th religious conference of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon Tradition. The three-day conference was attended by over 66 representatives from 58 monasteries and Buddhist institutes including H.E Gaden Tripa Rizong Rinpoche, H.E Sakya Trizin, H.E Karmapa Rinpoche, H.E Menri Trizin, Shabdrung Rinpoche, H.E Drukchen Rinpoche’s Representative Khenpo Tenzin and H.E Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche’s representative Kathok Gezey Rinpoche. Representatives from Jonang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism also took part in the conference.
The concluding session of the conference was attended by Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, members of the Kashag, Speaker Penpa Tsering, members of the Tibetan Parliament and Tibetan Justice Commissioners.
In his address, His Holiness the Dalai Lama talked about secular ethics and the need for an analytical study of the Buddhist texts to get to the essence of Buddha’s teachings. “Buddhism has flourished extensively in the last few decades. In China alone, the number of people claiming to be Buddhists has been recorded as at least 400 Million. And most of them seem to be Tibetan Buddhists. However, we need to be more rational these days. We have to analyse the texts as Buddha himself has said to derive the real benefit from his teachings,” His Holiness said.
His Holiness also spoke about the last 50 years since the Tibetan people came into exile and the change that has taken place in the world since then. He noted the material development of the world but lamented the growing apathy towards mental wellbeing. His Holiness urged the importance of warm heartedness and affection towards one another.
His Holiness also spoke about the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism that has been preserved in Tibet since its advent into Tibet from India. His Holiness said that Tibetan Buddhism is deeply embedded in Tibetan culture and cannot be annihilated easily under the repressive measures of the Chinese government.
Mr. Pema Chhinjor, Kalon for the Department of Religion and Culture, spoke about the Kashag’s continued efforts towards the preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture and religion. He also spoke about the Tibet issue which is at a critical situation and requested the religious leaders to continue speaking on the Tibet issue to their devotees.
Kalon Pema Chhinjor said that the Central Tibetan Administration is the legitimate representative of the Tibetan people and its policies are the core of the Tibet movement. He said that the Chinese government’s attempt to eliminate the Tibetan people though cultural assimilation would never be successful as Tibetan culture is embedded in its religion. “Tibetan Buddhism is continually flourishing due to the efforts of the Tibetan spiritual teachers,” he said.
The three-day conference reviewed the resolutions passed in the previous conference and discussed ways to develop Buddhist learning, co-ordination with other Buddhist nations, organising introductory Buddhist teachings, and developing the capability of respective monks and scholars of the four schools Tibetan Buddhism and Bon tradition.
The 12th religious conference also resolved to condemn the baseless accusations and activities carried out by the followers of Dolgyal cult group against His Holiness the Dalai Lama.