Mundgod: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama who arrived here in Mundgod, Hubli on a week-long visit, was accorded a very warm welcome by Sharpa Choejey Rinpoche, the Abbots of Drepung Lachi and Drepung Loseling, and a representative of Gaden Lachi.
Thousands of Tibetans flooded the streets of Mundgod Tibetan settlement, with traditional Tibetan scarves and flowers to celebrate the arrival of their revered spiritual leader.
Arriving at the Drepung Lachi Monastery, His Holiness was welcomed by the former Ganden Throne-holder, Rizong Rinpoche and the Sharpa Choejey. Also present at the welcome ceremony was the Deputy Commissioner of Karwar DC, who offered His Holiness a traditional scarf.
During the ceremony, His Holiness addressed the assembled Abbots, former Abbots, high Lamas and teachers of philosophy. According to dalailama.com, “His Holiness explained that this year he wished to make brief visits to Sera, Drepung and Ganden Monasteries and that his main aim on this occasion was to ordain monks. In addition, he will inaugurate Drepung Loseling Monastery’s Meditation and Science Centre and Sera Mey’s new Debate Yard.”
“I am very pleased to see all of you. Since coming into exile you have all worked to fulfil your worthy potential as human beings and as Tibetans. The Ganden Trisur Rinpoche, Rizong Rinpoche, from whom I have received many teachings, is here. He has served the Dharma to the best of his ability.
“During these difficult times for the teachings of the Buddha and for Tibet, everyone has done their best, which is a source of great merit. You’ll be able to continue to serve the Dharma in life after life in the future. You’ve made your lives worthwhile—rejoice and dedicate the merit to enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings.
“Buddha Shakyamuni passed away more than 2500 years ago, masters like Nagarjuna have come and gone, but through the practice of listening and reading, reflection and meditation the Buddha’s teachings have been preserved.
He told them that Tibetan Buddhism, as the pure Nalanda Tradition, is a fount of understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions, logic and philosophy that has been preserved primarily at Sera, Drepung, Ganden, and to some extent Tashi Lhunpo. “This is something to be proud of,” he said.
“Today, in the world at large there is an urgent need for compassion and non-violence. Understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions, and the use of logic which can contribute to their development, can be found in works of religious literature. But these explanations can be studied and followed in a secular and academic way. This is why I’m making an effort these days to revive ancient Indian knowledge among contemporary Indians.”
His Holiness recalled that Sera and Drepung have had a special link to the Dalai Lamas since the time of the Second, Gyalwa Gendun Gyatso.
On observing Ganden Ngachö tomorrow on 25th day of 10th Tibetan lunar calendar, His Holiness suggested that he offer a short teaching tomorrow morning in the Drepung Loseling Debate Yard.
On Thursday, His Holiness will inaugurate and bless the new Drepung Loseling Meditation and Science Center.