Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India, 28 December 2013 - This morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama walked briskly from his car to the teaching venue in the Sera Jey courtyard. He smiled and waved to well-wishers in the crowd, but did not stop. Once the recitation of the Heart Sutra was complete, successful Lharampa Geshe candidates received their certificates and posed in groups for photographs with His Holiness. Before the teaching began, Chairman of the Geluk International Foundation, Lama Chosphel Zotpa addressed the assembly.
Acknowledging His Holiness, Ganden Tri Rinpoche and other honoured guests he announced that his request for a special ceremony had been accepted.
“With regard to the practice of Dolgyal, which has caused no end of trouble in the monasteries in India, it has been discouraged and the Ganden Tri Rinpoche and others have made it clear that we should put a stop to it. Consequently, we have compiled a book containing all the relevant documents. With due respect I would like to ask His Holiness to launch the book, which is being published by the Geluk International Foundation under the auspices of the Department of Religion & Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration. Ganden Tri Rinpoche is the head of the Geluk International Foundation, which consists of the 11 major Geluk monasteries. It has been set up to look after education in those monasteries and to improve it where we can. For example, at our instance, the Geluk exams will include science from 2014.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama holding a copy of "Opening the Eye of Discernment" introduced at the start of the fourth day of teachings at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 28, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Some of the thousands of monastics listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the fourth day of teachings at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 28, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|Some of the over 30,000 people attending the fourth day of teachings listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 28, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|