His Holiness teaches from Jataka Tales today
Dharamshala: On the 15th or last day of the Losar (Tibetan New Year), thousands of devotees gathered at the Tsuglakhang (Main Temple) to listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings from the Jataka tales this morning.
The Tsuglakhang courtyard was packed with devotees comprising of both Tibetans and non-Tibetans. There are many Tibetans from Tibet among the crowd.
His Holiness spoke on the importance of training our mind. His Holiness explained how negative emotions like anger, attachment and ignorance cause problems and unhappiness to all the sentient beings because we can't see and think when we are covered by these negative emotions and ultimately they lead to violence. These are our real enemies and it is within us.
He said that these negative emotions arise because we don't control or train our mind. "We cannot do that by offering prayers. Rather it can be done through reasoning. If we could train our mind and develop positive mental attitude such as compassion, then it would help oneself as well as the other beings. It will also help us in this life as well as in our next life. As we all believe in religion, we have to be compassionate all the time in good as well as in bad times. Thus, through reason we can train our mind.
"And for that, we need wisdom and knowledge to differentiate what is right and what is wrong and what are the things we have to adopt and what have to be dropped. That is why it is important to study the teachings of the Buddha", His Holiness said.
His Holiness emphasised the importance of studying even if we are dying tomorrow. He related that to the old people in jest and made every audience laugh.
His Holiness greets the crowd as he leaves after the teachings. (Photos: Sangay Kep, DIIR)
The teachings finished at around 11 am.
From tomorrow onwards, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give annual spring teachings on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life and The Refined Gold-The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. The teaching will last till 14 March.
It is also a good business season for taxi drivers and restaurateurs because the attendees would not be served lunch from the Main Temple during His Holiness' teaching days. In the immediate vicinity of the Tsuglakhang, people have opened many small stalls selling food and tea.
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