Dalai Lama Concludes Two-Day Avalokiteshvara Empowerment in Dharamshala

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, June 15: The octogenarian Tibetan leader on Tuesday concluded a two-day Avalokiteshvara initiation to a group of devotees including Tibetans, Vietnamese, as well as locals and tourists at Tsuglagkhang Temple in McLeod Ganj. “The center of my meditation is bodhichittaand that reassures me. Bodhichitta is fundamental to my own feelings of joy as well as to the joy of others. Likewise, world peace will only materialize when more people experience a peaceful and compassionate state of mind,” he told his followers on the auspicious 15th.e day of the religious festival of Saga Dawa, an occasion to commemorate the birth of Buddha, his attainment of enlightenment and his salvation from this samsara.

“The subtlest mind is known as the innate and spontaneously arising mind of clear light, which is the ultimate basis for designating a person,” the spiritual leader said, noting that the highest yoga tantra must be void of any objective and independent existence. in itself.

The Nobel laureate also recalled that Tibetans had a special connection with Avalokiteshvara since the days of King Songtsen Gampo. His Holiness on Tuesday described how Songtsen Gampo chose to model Tibetan script on Indian Devanagari script. “A century later, when Shantarakshita was invited to Tibet, he recognized the language’s potential and strongly recommended that Buddhist literature be translated into Tibetan,” he further informed his followers.

The Dalai Lama noted that after their exile, Tibetans sought help from the Indian government, led by former Prime Minister Pandit Nehru, to establish separate schools where Tibetans could study in their own language. South Indian monasteries were also reestablished after the great centers of learning in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama also pointed out the stark differences between Tibetan Buddhism and Chinese Communism: “Chinese Communists have tried in vain to restrict Tibetan Buddhist culture, and it is clear that Tibetan Buddhist philosophy is deeper than Chinese Communism. Contrary to this ideology, Tibetans exercise a kind of Buddhist democracy in their monasteries and nunneries.

The initiation was attended by at least 8,000 devotees, mostly Tibetans, made up of monks and nuns from various monasteries. It was at the request of Tai Situ Rinpoche that His Holiness gave the initiation Chenrezig Gyalwa Gyatso (Avalokiteshvara Jinasagara), which is one of the highest yoga tantras among the four classes of tantra. At the end of the ceremony, members of the Palpung and Chango communities presented lifetime offerings to His Holiness. On June 24, the Dalai Lama will attend a long life prayer offered to him by Tibetan groups at the main temple in Dharamshala.

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