By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, June 5: His Holiness the Dalai Lama began his three-day introductory teaching on Buddhism for Tibetan youth today at Tsug-lag-Khang, the main temple in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.
The teaching, organized by Buddhism Introductory Committee of Dharamshala, had in attendance around 8500 devotees; out of which 2600 of them were students – 528 students from 70 different colleges across India, 4 from US, 1 from Netherlands and Tibetan students from across Tibetan schools making up the rest of the number.
His Holiness, in his inaugural speech, stressed on the importance of knowing how human mind works.
“A disturbed mind which is undisciplined and uncontrolled is the root cause of all the problems that have plagued our times. The disturbance of peace of mind is from within and because of this unruly mind people indulge in every sort of unfortunate crimes which includes killing each other, casteism and the difference between rich and poor. In order to solve these problems, we need to develop a calm and disciplined mind and the greater it develops, the lesser unruly state of mind will be,” His Holiness said encouraging followers to take up the study of the mind available in Buddhist text.
The Tibetan spiritual leader will teach on Nagarjuna’s “Commentary on Bodhichitta” and Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s “Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva” during the course of his annual teaching for the Tibetan youth from schools and colleges from June 5-7.
The Tibetan spiritual leader’s teaching is available for live webcasts with translations available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian and Hindi.
Organized by the Buddhism Introductory Committee of Dharamshala, the teaching in procession is the 11th edition. The teachings for the Tibetan students began in 2007 at Upper TCV.