DHARAMSALA, Oct 3: His Holiness the Dalai Lama today began a four-day teaching on Chandrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way (Uma Jukpa) at Tsug-lag-Khang, the main temple in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.
The Dalai Lama began by greeting and welcoming all the devotees who have braced all the odds and came from different parts of the world. Around 6900 people from 67 countries across the world have gathered today to attend the first day of the four-day teaching.
“Many of you are familiar with my introduction to Buddhism. But there are many others who may be here for the first time. Therefore, if you could get a good introduction to the teaching of the Buddha and then develop faith based on the understanding it will be good. Hence I will start with the introductory teaching ahead of the actual discourse on Uma Jukpa,” the Dalai Lama said.
The Tibetan spiritual leader then said that as in the Buddha’s teaching, not committing any non-virtues and cultivating the wealth of virtue by thoroughly taming your mind is the true essence of the Buddha’s teaching.
“If you think broadly, all the major religious traditions of the world teach not to harm others and to have a kind heart,” His Holiness added and then began the discourse on Chandrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way.
The morning teachings from October 3 –6, is a continuation of last year’s topic on Chandrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way. It is being held at the request of devotees from Taiwan.