Bomdila: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday held a teaching session and conferred White Tara Long Life Empowerment at the Buddha park in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh. Despite the prevailing inclement weather, thousands of local Tibetans and followers had turned up to listen to their revered leader.
Speaking to the huge assembly of Buddhist monks and nuns, local Tibetans and devotees, His Holiness explained that the essence of Buddha’s teaching can only be understood through realization based on logic and reason and not through mere faith or recitation of prayers. He encouraged the Buddhist practitioners to study the classical Buddhist texts and the canons of Tibetan Buddhism accompanied by rigorous practice and investigation.
To the lay community, His Holiness pointed out that strengthening inner values of warm-heartedness and compassion benefits both believers and non-believers in leading a happy and meaningful life. “The common message of all religion is the practice of compassion, warm-heartedness, contentment and patience. Whether you are a believer or non-believer, follower of theistic religion or non-theistic, If we all think for the better of seven billion human being, we as individuals would automatically benefit,” His Holiness said.
He urged them to develop their awareness in Buddhist philosophy and contribute one’s actions towards the well being of the seven billion people of the world.
His Holiness also encouraged the local Tibetans to be proud of their culture, language and traditional knowledge of Nalanda tradition that has been preserved in Tibet’s monastic institutions. “I repeatedly appeal the young Tibetan generation to pay serious attention to our language and study the teaching of the Buddha. Even the older people must study,” he said.
Later at the High School Auditorium, His Holiness addressed a gathering of over 300 members of Tibetan community and locals in Bomdila. His Holiness reiterated his three main commitments to promote oneness of humanity, religious harmony and preservation of Tibet’s rich culture and environment.
His Holiness called for greater emphasis on moral principles in modern education, which he said, could define the future of humanity.
“Modern education is relying only on external and materialistic values which are the main reason why every individual or even a billionaire can’t find happiness in him. More and more people are giving importance to this aspect of strengthening inner values so that morality can be introduced in a more universal manner,” His Holiness told the fervent audience.
Though education is fundamental to human beings and national development, the existing system concerns itself only with the material values and that is why, the current generation is facing moral crisis, he said.
The Tibetan spiritual leader noted that human beings should empower themselves with inner values and modern education to sustain peace and happiness in their lives, family and community at large. “We really need to use our will power to transfer our tradition, unfortunately we are relying only on religion. Today we are facing crisis of moral principles within ourselves. Religion alone cannot serve humanity when there are billion populations who are non believers, and even within believers, there are differences in philosophy. So therefore, These differences could be eradicated only through conviction in human equality, sense of brotherhood, moral principles and mutual understanding.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama also emphasised the need to preserve Tibet’s rich Buddhist culture. He explained that only the Tibetan language contains the pure lineage of ancient India’s Nalanda tradition. Thereby making it imperative to study Tibetan language to understand the deep underlying concepts of Buddhism. His Holiness further spoke about his devolution of Tibetan political authority to an elected Tibetan leadership and referred to the preservation of Tibetan culture as his duty being a Tibetan.