WARDHA, Maharashtra: Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok spoke at the Institute of Gandhian Studies in Gopur, Wardha (MH) on Sunday, 28 January.
He arrived at the Institute on 27 January, and was received by the members of the Institute. The next day, Deputy Speaker met with Director of the Institute Dr Bharat Mahodaya, Secretary Dr Siby Joseph, Shri Surender Kumar and also visited the Sevagram Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram, and residence.
Speaking at the Inter Religious Study Course on topic, ‘Understanding Positive and Negative forces in Human Life and Religious Pathway to Overcome the Negativities from the Buddhist point of view, Deputy Speaker said that Buddhism is mainly related with motivations and altruistic motivation is key to overcoming negativity. “Humans are mainly good and kind by nature and therefore, it is necessary to be kind, compassionate and tolerant with right motivation on daily basis. One should believe and have faith in one’s religion and should respect their teachers. However, instead of following their teachings mindlessly, one should examine, assess and then follow those teachings.
“Buddhism is mainly related with motivations. Negativity can be dispelled if one engages in his work with the right motivation. If positive thought and attitude are made habitual, negativity can be overcome. Furthermore, helping other is more instrumental in overcoming negativity then pursuing one’s own happiness,” he said.
Deputy Speaker also illuminated the participants on the attainments and fundamental teachings of Lord Buddha. His talk was followed by a Q&A session.
He later discussed the historical relations between Tibet and China, the situation inside Tibet and the ongoing Tibetan movement with the participants. He spoke about the various modes of campaigns for Tibet’s cause and issues globally, various Tibet Support Groups as well as on the World Parliamentarians Conventions on Tibet.
He also entreated them to render their support to the cause of Tibet. He offered the Director, Secretary and the members of the teaching faculty, a small memento as a token of appreciation on behalf of Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat and distributed books and pamphlets on Tibetan struggle and self-immolations published by both the Tibetan Parliament Secretariat and the Indo-Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO).
Later at the Paurnam Ashram of Vinayak Narahari “Vinoba” Bhave, the late Indian advocate of non-violence and human rights, Deputy Speaker Ven. Acharya Yeshi Phunstok met with the ashram’s Secretary Shri Gautam Baja and Shri Bal Vijay Bhai, Personal Assistant to the late Shri Acharya Vinoba Bhave.
They recounted their fateful meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and on their knowledge of the Tibetan struggle. They requested the Deputy Speaker to correspond them with Tibet-related issues and assured their continued support towards the Tibetan cause.
Deputy Speaker returned to Dharamshala on 29 January.
-Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat-