BODH GAYA: On the third and final day of the conferring of 34th Kalachakra Initiation at Bodh Gaya, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a clarion call on cultivating warm heart and altruism, to the hundreds of thousand devotees participating in the Buddhist teachings from all across the world.
“Each of you have faced many difficulties in order to attend the kalachakra Initiation. When you go back to home in the following days, you should be able to carry the message of warmheartedness and practice altruism in your daily activities. To strengthen your conviction in these values, you should investigate the pros and cons of cultivating a generous and warm heart against having evil thoughts or actions,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said on the final day of teachings.
Encouraging the devotees to transform their devotion and faith into actions of benefit for the entire 7 billion human family, His Holiness said, “While sitting on your cushions you may pray for all sentient beings to be free form suffering, but if you really mean it, you should atleast be able to bring benefit to the 7 billion human beings, to whom we can actually benefit directly or indirectly. We really need to consider that.”
His Holiness said the teaching of Buddha as preserved in the Tibetan language is the complete teaching of Buddha and all those who follow the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, including Tibetans and followers from Himalayan regions must do so diligently to preserve the sacred teachings.
The Tibetan leader also sung praise for the achievements of the Tibetan monastic institutions and Tibetan settlements in South India for restoring the culture and the study of Tibetan Buddhism even under the most difficult circumstances. “Tibetans have been living in exile for more than 57 years. Inspite of the hardships, they have been immensely dedicated and determined to establishing the Tibetan monastic institutions of learning and the Tibetan settlements. I commend the efforts made by the geshes, teachers and the monks who have been engaging in the study of the classic texts.”
His Holiness expressed profound gratitude to the Indian government and fondly remembered the contributions of the late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
Ushering his message of religious harmony, His Holiness asserted that all religions are united by values of warmheartedness, compassion and tolerance. “Despite philosophical differences all religious traditions convey a common message about the importance of cultivating love and compassion. The essential message is to be a good. If you have warm heart, even if you are not able to be someone who could benefit, it is assured that you will not harm them.”
He told the devotees to investigate and reason whether the teachings so far have been beneficial. “As i have been talking we need to think thoroughly whether these teachings are beneficial or not. Buddhism is based on establishing the reality of things, therefore you must be able to reason whether the teachings benefit you and build your devotion based on conviction.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will conclude the 34th Kalachakra Initiation tomorrow by bestowing long life empowerment for the public. Following the empowerment ceremony, the Central Tibetan Administration, along with other organisations will organise a long life prayer offering ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.