By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, June 2: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s annual Buddhist teaching for the Tibetan youth from schools and colleges at Tsug-lag-Khang, the main temple in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala entered second day today.
The Tibetan spiritual leader taught Domthonpa’s ‘A Tree of Faith – A Self-Exhortation from Book of Kadam’ to thousands of Tibetan students from Upper TCV School, Lower TCV School, TCV School Gopalpur, TCV School Suja, TCV School Chauntra, Sherab Gatsel Lobling and Tibetan college students from universities across India as well as local Tibetans and foreigners gathered for the three-day teaching.
His Holiness, in his inaugural speech yesterday, stressed on the importance of in-depth understanding while studying and described the study method of reasoning and logic (Rig lam) practiced in the Buddhist monasteries as the most effective form of learning and mind training. His Holiness further advised for similar methods to be practiced in schools.
Describing Tibetan as the sole language that best explains the Nalanda Buddhist Tradition, His Holiness advised that “Tibetans should shoulder the responsibility to preserve the language”.
His Holiness also encouraged the Tibetan students to study the rich Nalanda Buddhist Tradition. “Kangyur and Tengyur are treasure of wisdom; we should study them rather than leaving it on the altar,” His Holiness said.
His Holiness introduced the four noble truths and Buddhist concept of interdependence to the Tibetan youth in attendance.
Organized by the Buddhism Introductory Committee of Dharamshala, teachings for the Tibetan students began in 2007 at Upper TCV; currently the 10th edition is in progress from June 1-3.