BODH GAYA: “The teachings of Buddha which have spread all over Asia originated in India. With regard to origin, Buddhism is India’s tradition, not China or Tibet,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama told over 50,000 devotees at the Kalachakra maidan in Bodh Gaya today.
Inaugurating the first of the 3-day teaching for Indian devotees, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that the teachings of Buddha and Nalanda tradition of reason, logic and empirical investigation is India’s cradle of wisdom.
“Buddhism’s emphasis on validation based on logic and experience is gaining prominence in the scientific world. Such a unique teaching in this world originated in India. The master of Nalanda, Nagarjuna and his disciples were Indian masters and punditas,” His Holiness averred.
Therefore Buddhism in general and of the Sanskrit tradition, Indians should preserve that tradition. This is your traditional treasure, His Holiness said.
The Tibetan spiritual leader, who often describes himself as messenger of Indian thoughts offered the Indian devotees to be the main disciples for the three-day teachings on Dharmachakra Parivaretan Sutra on The Four Noble Truths) & Sutra on Dependent Origination.
“The main disciple of the three-day teachings are the Indians. Giving this discourse to my Indian dharma friends, I am very fortunate for the opportunity because the teaching of Buddha originated in India and great masters of Nalanda were from India,” he noted.
Celebrating India’s secular ideals and religious harmony, he said, “India can be a role model in terms of harmony of religious traditions and secular thoughts. All the world’s major religions have flourished here for 1000 years. There are the indigenous traditions like the Samkhya, Jain and Buddhist traditions, and they have been joined by Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
“This is the land where we can find all these traditions living together in mutual respect. India’s secular ideals affirms respect not only for all religions but non-belivers too. Such is the rich culture of India.”
Following the brief introductory teaching, His Holiness began the main teaching on the Dharmachakra Parivaretan Sutra on The Four Noble Truths (chokyi khorlo korwe do) & Sutra on Dependent Origination (tendrel chi do). The teaching will conclude on 7 January.
42nd Sakya trizin, 104th Gaden Tripa and many other Tibetan religious heads and scholars attended the inaugural teaching. Total devotees in attendance exceeds more than 50,000 from over 68 countries around the world.