BODH GAYA: In an exclusive interview with Tibet TV of Department of Information and International Relations, Dr Anita, organiser, Nalanda Shiksha expressed gratitude for the utmost support and assistance lent by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his office towards the successful organisation of the three-day teachings, which concluded yesterday in Bodh Gaya.
Nalanda Shiksha is a group of 17 different centres from all over India, committed to work for the entire Buddhadharma and its authentic traditions and teachers, without bias to any specific school or lineage.
“About eight years ago, we had requested His Holiness for teachings. and at that time, his office said to bring all the centres, not just one or two centres together. We are from all different parts of India. Last time we had a sankissa with 60,000 Indians, Mumbai with 8000 Indians, we had it at Dharamshala. Now this is the first teaching in Bodh Gaya. This is our seventh year,” Dr Anita told Tibet TV.
“Without His Holiness’ help, his office’s help, I don’t think we would have been able to put this teaching together,” she said. “His office has been extremely supportive. Without this kind of support and help from His Holiness’ foundation, His Holiness’ trust and his private office, I think it would have been very very difficult.”
Nalanda Shiksha group taking part in the teachings in Bodh Gaya number about 2000. They include 300 college students from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, 200 from Buddhist communities in Sankisa, 600 local students from Bodh Gaya and other people from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Sikkim and Odisha.
Since 2012, Nalanda Shiksha has requested and received series of teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama; In Dharamsala in 2012, 2013 and 2016, in Mumbai in 2014 and in Sankissa in 2015 and Bodh Gaya in 2018. They declare an avowed interested in keeping alive in India today the practices of listening, contemplation and meditation that were an integral part of the Nalanda tradition.