Mundgod, Karnataka, India, 19 December 2014 - The Drepung Lachi temple and courtyard were abuzz with anticipation this morning as His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived to give a Palden Lhamo permission. He said the main disciples were the monks of Ganden Jangtse and Drepung, who had made the request.
After lunch, His Holiness addressed a group who had come from Tibet. He told them:
“We used to live in three provinces united as one, now there are different administrative divisions, but we all still speak Tibetan. What’s more, Tibetans are the real owners of Tibet. And your patriotism and courage are excellent. I thank you.
“At this time we need to emphasise education. We need education in our own language about Buddhism and Buddhist psychology. This is something that even scientists in the West are becoming interested in. We need to learn how to transform the mind. The key thing is understanding. If you can say 21 Mani mantras with understanding, they will be far more powerful than saying 1000s without understanding.
“Since Deng Xiao Ping’s economic reforms a lot more people became rich. We need wealthy people. However, what’s important is not to waste your wealth on drinking and gambling, but to put it to good use. Set up schools and hospitals. Support the education of poorer children. If you can, use your resources for social benefit.”
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to Tsechen Do Ngag Choeling Sakya monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India on December 29, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|A young monk offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama a ceremonial scarf on his arrival at Rato Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India on December 29, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his visit to Drepung Gomang Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India on December 29, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama poses for photos on the steps of Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India on December 29, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|