Dharamsala, India, 31 March 2014 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived promptly in the Theckchen Chöling Tsuglagkhang this morning to commence preparatory procedures for the Medicine Buddha empowerment he was to give. An eager crowd of Tibetans and people from abroad packed the temple area and the garden below.
“Today, the Tibetan Doctors Association have requested a Medicine Buddha empowerment from me, perhaps they think it will improve their skills. Still, reciting the Medicine Buddha mantra isn’t what will make you better at what you do, study and practice are the proper way,” His Holiness began. “We Tibetans have a very profound medical system. During the 8th century, the Emperor, Trisong Detsen, convened an international conference about medicine over which he presided, as a result of which Tibetan medicine became a synthesis of several traditions. Now, in the 21st century, we need to take advantage of opportunities to improve it further.”
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching at Theckchen Chöling Tsuglagkhang in Dharamsala, India on March 31, 2014. Photo/Lobsang Tsering/OHHDL|
|Members of the audience listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Theckchen Chöling Tsuglagkhang in Dharamsala, India on March 31, 2014. Photo/Lobsang Tsering/OHHDL|