Dharamshala: The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Friday bestowed teachings on Tsongkapa’s “Three Principal Aspects of the Path” at the Main Temple Tsuglagkhang.
Hundreds of people from across India, including the Mon community, recently arrived Tibetans from Tibet and devotees from Italy, Vietnam, US and others greeted the Tibetan leader at the temple.
During the introductory teachings, His Holiness made a special mention of the Tibetans who had just arrived from Tibet, and Buddhist devotees from Vietnam and Italy.
Having devoted his life to the study of Buddhism, His Holiness said he was convinced that all people—believers or nonbelievers—must make collective efforts for more compassionate world.
Particularly among the believers, he said, unity and mutual respect must be upheld.
“Among our Buddhist followers, we need to be harmonious and respectable to one another. We are followers of the same teacher, Buddha, and follow the Buddhist teachings that were introduced to us by Master Shantarakshita, Padmasambhava and the great Tibetan emperor Trisong Detsen,” said His Holiness.
Debunking the old perception of Tibetan Buddhism being that of ‘lamaism’, His Holiness argued that more and more people are beginning to appreciate the emphasis the Tibetan tradition places on study and that Tibetan Buddhist scholars are accomplished teachers with more to impart than just prayers and rituals.
“Therefore, increasing numbers of people are showing interest in studying Tibetan Buddhism. Even Western scientists have noted that the logical character of Tibetan Buddhism is comparable to science.”
His Holiness spoke briefly about the inception of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and the great scholarship of Nalanda masters.
“Master Shantarakshita introduced Nalanda tradition to Tibet at the invitation of Tibetan emperor Trisong Detsen. He was a great master of logic and therefore when he introduced Buddhism, he followed the Madhyamaka tradition based on reason and logic.
“If you read the writing of the great masters such as Shantarakshita and Kamalashila, you will see that they are not just historical personalities but one could see their greatness through their writings. They were not just scholars, but they teach us how to deal with our emotions and how to transform ourselves,” His Holiness said, as he began with the indepth teachings on the Tsongapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path’.
Tomorrow His Holiness will speak at a conference on Science, Religion and World Peace at Government Degree College, Dharamshala.