Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India, 30 December 2013 - This morning, the granting of certificates to newly qualified Geshes was completed and the final candidates paid their respects, many of them touching their heads to His Holiness’s throne, and posed in groups for photographs with him.
His Holiness began the day’s discourse by quoting a verse from Acharya Dharmatreya's 'Verses about Friends':
The Buddhas do not wash away the karma of other beings,
Nor do they remove the consequences with their hands;
They do not transmit their understanding into others' minds;
They introduce beings to freedom by educating them about reality.
“Intent on helping sentient beings, what the Buddhas do is to reveal the path.” His Holiness explained, “We have the two collections of Kangyur and Tengyur translated into Tibetan that contain instructions that indicate what is to adopted and what abandoned. Then we have the writings of Nagarjuna, his peers and followers, contained in the Tengyur, which explain ways to discipline the mind.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the fifth day of his teachings at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnatak, India on December 30, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|Members of the audience following the Lam Rim texts during His Holiness the Dalai Lama's fifth day of teachings at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnatak, India on December 30, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with the audience watching a film about the life of the Buddha at the end of the fifth day of teachings at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnatak, India on December 30, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|