Dharamshala: Smiling associates and well-wishers thronged the road as His Holiness the Dalai Lama set off for Tashi Jong this morning whereas the early morning solar shone out of a cloudless sky. The complete Gyutö Monastery turned out to line the highway to greet him as he handed. Likewise, at Gopalpur, on the best way to Palampur, a gaggle of masked Tashi Shölpa dancers headed an extended line of scholars, academics and workers from the close by Tibetan Youngsters’s Village (TCV) faculty. Lots of them held white silk scarves of their fingers. All of them regarded delighted to see His Holiness.
Arriving at Tashi Jong, your entire group had been ready of their greatest garments, joyful smiles on their faces, to welcome him. His Holiness was in a position to drive proper to the steps of the brand new meeting corridor. On the door, he reduce the ribbon to symbolically open the principle tutorial constructing of the brand new Khamgar Druk Dharmakara Faculty. On the head of the corridor, he lit an inaugural lamp earlier than a big statue of the Buddha.
His Holiness ascended the throne and took his seat. As Khamtrul Rinpoché provided a mandala, His Holiness wore the crimson Drukpa Kagyyu hat. There have been choices of representations of the physique, speech and thoughts of the Buddha whereas a prayer for His Holiness’s lengthy life composed by his tutors was chanted. Tea and candy rice had been served.
One of many Khenpos welcomed His Holiness, referring to him respectfully because the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara and grasp of your entire instructing of the Buddha. He greeted all of the company and dignitaries with “Tashi Deleg.”
In his report, given in Tibetan, Khamtrul Rinpoché once more addressed His Holiness as grasp of your entire instructing of the Buddha and champion of peace all through the world. He thanked him for accepting the invitation to inaugurate this new centre of studying as we speak.
Rinpoché defined that the primary Khamapagar Monastery was based by the primary Khamtrul Rinpoché with branches in Dergé and different elements of Kham. The nice Fifth Dalai Lama inspired him. Subsequent Dalai Lamas, together with the Seventh, wrote to the Khamtrul Rinpochés to acknowledge their work to protect the Dharma. Later, the thirteenth Dalai Lama additionally inspired the Khamtrul Rinpoché who was his modern to proceed to serve the Dharma and sentient beings.
“Simply as earlier Dalai Lamas sorted the Khampagar Monasteries,” Rinpoché requested, “I attraction to Your Holiness to take care of us too.”
He talked about that the Fourth Khamtrul Rinpoché, Tenzin Chökyi Nyima, based a centre of studying in Chamdo that was known as Chilling Gön to which he invited a trainer from Namgyal Monastery. Later, Rinpoché’s predecessor, the Eighth Khamtrul Rinpoché Dongyud Nyima invited students from Dzogchen and Kathog Monasteries to show the monks.
Right here at Khampagar, a Sakya Khenpo Rinchen and Khenpos from Tibet have been invited to show. Because the variety of college students grew the necessity arose to construct bigger services which has led to the institution of this Khamgar Druk Dharmakara Faculty. Rinpoché declared that the Institute follows the Nalanda Custom and attracts college students from throughout the Himalayan area.
He concluded by voicing a want for everybody’s well-being, praying that His Holiness’s aspirations could also be fulfilled and that he dwell an extended life.
Kishori Lal, the native Member of the Legislative Meeting (MLA) described the inauguration of the Institute as a really special day. He recalled within the Sixties Tibetans started to dwell in Chauntra, Bir and Tashi Jong. Since then, the Authorities of India and of Himachal Pradesh have given them what assist they may. Certainly, the current Chief Minister has lately repeated this provide of help.
Sikyong Penpa Tsering, President of the Central Tibetan Administration, praised His Holiness’s inauguration of the Khamgar Druk Dharmakara Faculty. He famous that a number of the previous college students who change into Khenpos have taught on the monastery, others have devoted their lives to follow, whereas but others have gone again to Tibet to show. He talked about a convention that the CTA is organizing subsequent yr, which he hopes academics and college students from Khampagar will attend. He additionally remarked that in south India a number of students who’ve obtained Geshé levels are actually working in direction of PhDs on the Dalai Lama Institute of Larger Research underneath the auspices of the College of Bangalore.
Speaker Khenpo Tenphel provided reward and gratitude to everybody who has contributed to the institution of this faculty. He cited Vasubandhu’s recommendation that the right solution to protect the Buddha’s teachings is thru research and follow. He acknowledged the nice contribution that the previous and current Khamtrul Rinpochés have made to this enterprise.
“My expensive Dharma associates,” His Holiness started, “I’m completely happy to have the ability to tackle you all. Right now, the Tibetan Buddhist Custom, which has been restricted by communist Chinese language forces in Tibet, is flourishing due to the robust religion of the Tibetan individuals. This Dharma custom has neither declined, nor becomediluted, as a result of you’ve gotten all labored arduous. Right now, there’s rising curiosity in our data and traditions amongst Buddhists in China in addition to students and scientists in different elements of the world. Scientists particularly are keen on what we’ve got to say concerning the workings of the thoughts and feelings and the character of actuality.
“We mix follow of the awakening thoughts of bodhichitta with an understanding of vacancy. Issues seem to have an impartial existence an identification that can not be discovered once we seek for it. Subsequently, we are saying that issues solely exist by the use of designation.
“As a Buddhist monk, the second I wake within the morning I summon up my understanding of bodhichitta, a way that others are expensive and near us, in addition to the knowledge understanding vacancy. What I discover is that the extra altruistic you’re, the extra you’re feeling comfortable. Bodhichitta offers rise to peace of thoughts.
“If you’re full of anger and jealousy, you gained’t be completely happy. These feelings are rooted in a self-centredness and self-cherishing that may result in hurt and the outbreak of conflict. Compassion and bodhichitta, however, are a supply of peace.
“I’ve studied Buddhist scriptures since I used to be a baby and labored to combine what I discovered inside. As Buddhists liberation and enlightenment are our objective. Folks readily discuss peace on this planet, however it can solely be established once we develop peace of thoughts inside. After we achieve a clearer understanding of the workings of the thoughts and feelings, we find out how a lot we want love and compassion on this planet. Increasingly more persons are coming to understand this.”
His Holiness remarked that each one Tibetan Buddhist traditions, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, Geluk and Jonang mix using logic with an understanding or the Center Approach or Madhyamaka view. He noticed that each one are the identical. They could use completely different phrases, however all Tibetan Buddhist traditions deal with love and compassion and in as we speak’s world it’s time to share these values with everybody. That is one thing to bear in mind.
He famous that Tibetans have misplaced their nation and with it their freedom, however they’ve discovered they’ve associates around the globe who recognise that Tibetans are a peaceful and peaceable individuals. It is because the Buddhadharma is just not about performing rituals or enjoying musical devices, it’s about attaining peace of thoughts. Jetsun Mila was a real practitioner. He didn’t play a drum and cymbals, he meditated on bodhichitta and vacancy as he practised in silence.
“Our moms give delivery to us. They bathe us with love and affection—one thing we should always not overlook. As we develop up, we should always keep in mind the love and affection we’ve discovered from our moms and make use of them in relation to others. If you happen to domesticate love and compassion, if you go away this life, not solely will you have the ability to go peacefully, however it can have a constructive impact in your subsequent life. This too is one thing to bear in mind.
“I’ve been requested to learn the ‘Eight Verses for Coaching the Thoughts’. The creator, Geshé Langri Thangpa was an unbelievable practitioner of bodhichitta all through his life. It is a textual content I recite to myself day by day as a part of my meditation on compassion and vacancy. I take advantage of these eight verses to invoke bodhichitta and features from Chandrakirti’s ‘Getting into into the Center Approach’ to deal with vacancy.
“Preserving the Dharma in not like preserving a possession protected, it’s about preserving the teachings in thoughts. The Buddha realized the character of issues as they’re and bodhichitta is the essence of what he taught.
“The primary and second verses of the eight advise us to see ourselves because the lowest amongst all. The third warns us not let ourselves be carried away by our feelings. The fourth recommends that we should always not let our love and compassion lapse in relation to those that are tough and impolite. The following verse stresses the significance of peace of thoughts. We should use mind-training to rework ourselves. That is how I practise, and I encourage you to take action too.
“The sixth verse refers back to the follow of ‘tong-len’, giving and taking, whereas the next verse counsels us to stay form even to those that are tough.
“My Dharma associates, monastics shouldn’t be like worldly individuals, they need to preserve three trainings—to be calm, peaceable and relaxed. That’s all for as we speak—thanks.”
Sponsors and others who had contributed to the creation of the school had been in a position to strategy His Holiness who introduced every with a statue of the Buddha. Khamtrul Rinpoché gave certificates of gratitude to those that had labored on the constructing.
Khenpo Lobsang Sangpo provided phrases of thanks. Addressing him as soon as extra as grasp of your entire instructing of the Buddha and champion of peace on this planet, he thanked His Holiness for inaugurating the school and for the instructing he had given.
“We thanks from the depth of our hearts and pray in your lengthy life,” he concluded.
His Holiness and different company had been invited to a scrumptious lunch, after which he got down to return toDharamsala. As he handed by way of Gopalpur, the TCV kids lined the highway as soon as extra, beaming with pleasure, so happy to see him, and calling out “Tashi Delek” in greeting even to these within the automobiles on the finish of the convoy.
-Sourced from dalailama.com