By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, August 6: His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Ngagyur Dragthok monastery to inaugurate its new prayer hall and addressed monks and lay people in Ladakh on August 5.
The Tibetan Spiritual leader, currently on a month-long visit to Ladakh, was invited by the Ngagyur Dragthok monastery’s authorities to inaugurate its new prayer hall and address monks and local people, reports official website of Central Tibetan Administration, Tibet.net, August 5.
His Holiness travelled 40 kms from Shiwatsel Phodrang, his official residence in Ladakh, to a rousing reception by the monks and lamas of Ngagyur Dragthok monastery where he was offered Mendrel Tensum representing the Buddha’s body, speech and mind.
His Holiness recited prayers of blessings and addressed the large number of devotees gathered outside the monastery.
The Tibetan Noble laureate in his address urged his followers to study the Buddhist texts and called for a faith based on logic and reason.
He further emphasized on developing inner values such as warm-heartedness and compassion in parallel with material development.
The Monastery is a branch of the Thupten Dorje Drak Evam Chogkar Choekhor Namgyaling monastery of Ngagyur Nyingma lineage in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh’s summer capital.
The monastery currently has 28 resident monks and its patron lama, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche passed away in December 2015.
His Holiness has a rigorous schedule lined up with teachings from August 11 to August 21 around monasteries in Ladakh.