Discipline and Rule is of Paramount Importance in Preserving Religious Traditions
Monday, 26 June 2006, 4:00 PM
|Kalon Tripa and Chairman of the ATPD Welcoming His Holiness, (Photo: Sangay)
Dharamshala: This morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened the 9th Tibetan religious conference organised by the Religion and Culture Department of the Central Tibetan Administration at the Norbulinka Cultural Institute here.
In his address at the inaugural ceremony, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that looking into the real matters for discussion is of paramount importance. He said he believes this conference, as previous ones, will consider the real matters for discussions and come to the best outcome.
Emphasising the importance of preserving Buddhism, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that Buddhism not only benefits Tibetan people but also have potential to serve the whole of humanity. And it will be a great loss to the Tibetans and humanity as a whole if we let it fade away, he added.
|His Holiness at the 9th Tibetan religious conference. (Photo: Sangay)
We the Tibetans have greater responsibility to preserve Buddhism because our culture is deeply rooted in Buddhism. We should not think it as our side responsibility, but it is our bounden duty to preserve our religion, His Holiness further said.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama stressed on the importance of discipline and rule in conserving the religious traditions. He said he believes that a good discipline in monasteries and also in societies is utmost importance to preserve the traditions.
Because of lack of proper and strict discipline some people use religion for achieving their own needs. His Holiness suggested that an identity card and
its registration for monks and nuns are important to check people doing such things.
Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche also addressed the occasion and Kalon for the Religion and Culture Department, Kalon Lobsang Nyima, gave an introductory speech.
Present at the inaugural ceremony were religious leaders, reincarnated lamas, abbots and learned teachers from four schools of the Tibetan Buddhism and the traditional Bon.
The chief justice commissioner and the justice commissioners of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission,
chairman and the standing committee members of the Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies,Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche and other three Kalons of the CTA, officials of the CTA and representatives of the non-governmental organisations were also present at the occasion.
The conference will conclude on 28 June 2006. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is expected to give the closing address on that day.
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