Dharamsala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is currently giving a four-day Buddhist discourse on Uma Tsawa Sherab, today bestowed the Avalokiteshvara permission.
The Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenresig) initiation or the permission to the practice of Avalokiteshvara belongs to Kriya Tantra classification also called the Action Tantra.
“This particular Jelnang comes from great Mahasiddha Mitapa. Takbu Dorjechang received it in a vision of this great Mahasiddha of India, Mitapa,” said His Holiness.
In his preliminary remarks, His Holiness spoke extensively on the origin of Tantra practice in Tibet and on discerning the Buddhist and non-Buddhist tantra practices.
“Tantra spread to Tibet when the Tibetan translators came to India and translated tantric texts into Tibetan. Marpa Lotsawa, the great translator came to India and received teachings on Tantra particularly from Master Naropa and brought volumes of tantric texts to Tibet. Hence from Marpa, originated the Kagyu tradition, which was succeed by his disciple, Milarepa, the great saint of Tibet.”
“All the Tibetan traditions of Buddhism: Sakya, Nyingma, Gelug, Kagyu and Jonang are the teachings of the Buddha comprised in its entire teaching,” said His Holiness.
“The tantra practice are found in both Buddhist and non-Buddhist tradition. I asked my guru Khunu Lama Rinpoche Tenzin Gyaltsen on how to differentiate the Buddhist and non Buddhist tantra. The answer I received was when one does these practices in connection with view of emptiness, they become Buddhist practice of Tantra. Apart from that, they become non Buddhist practice of Tantra.”
His Holiness expressed his wish to engage in dialogue with such practitioners from the non-Buddhist tradition. He expressed his particular interest in those who practise Tumo, which is a practice of generating heat in extreme conditions, Phowa, practice of projecting one’s mind out of the boy, and the practice of transferring one’s consciousness into another’s body.
Representatives of various Tibetan traditions were present at the initiation, including the 104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo.
Tomorrow His Holiness will engage in an interactive Q&A with the disciples from South East Asia, which will be followed by a photo session.