Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India, 27 December 2013 - “Here we have the Ganden Tri Rinpoche, the regent of Je Tsongkhapa, and the two hierarchs, the Jangtse and Sharpa Chojeys. With them I have been asked to preside over the presenting of certificates to those who have achieved the Geshe Lharampa degree,” was how His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened the morning teaching session today. There is several years’ backlog of successful candidates, making several hundred altogether and they will be presented their certificates over the coming days.
“You’ve worked hard, memorizing root texts and commentaries, then studying them word by word. And after that you have examined and tested your understanding on the debate yard, refuting others’ views, asserting your own and rebutting criticism. You’ve studied the science of mind, employed logic and some of you have also learned Sanskrit and Tibetan grammar to refine your comprehension. This certificate you’re receiving is not intended to improve your income or your reputation, but to indicate the studies you’ve done that enable you to subdue your minds.”
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama with some of the monks who received their Geshe Lharampa certificates at the start of his third day of teachings at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 27, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL |
|Some of the many thousands of monastics attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama's third day of teachings at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 27, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the third day of his teachings at Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 27, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
The day’s teaching session concluded with a fervent recitation of Khedrup –je’s praise of Je Tsongkhapa, ‘Glorious in the Three Realms’.