Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India, 7 June 2016 - A mixed audience of about 7000 awaited His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglagkhang, the Main Tibetan Temple, opposite his residence this morning. They comprised 450 people from the Himalayan Region, mostly Lahaul & Spiti; 350 members of the Young Buddhist Society (YBS), from UP, Bihar and Rajasthan; 30 from Tamil Nadu and 400 from other parts of India. They were joined by 1700 foreigners from 78 countries, 1500 Tibetan monks and nuns and 3500 members of the Tibetan public.
This series of teachings has been requested and organized by members of the Nalanda Shiksha, a group of Indian friends who have studied with eminent teachers from all authentic living Buddhist traditions. They declare an avowed interested in keeping alive in India today the practices of listening, contemplation and meditation that were an integral part of the Nalanda tradition. They have organized four previous opportunities for His Holiness to teach—in Dharamsala in 2012 and 2013, in Mumbai in 2014 and in Sankissa in 2015. At their request His Holiness has taught from two significant Indian treatises: Kamalashila’s ‘Stages of Meditation’ and Shantideva’s ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’. The Nalanda Shiksha professes a commitment to work for the entire Buddhadharma and its authentic traditions and teachers, without bias to any specific school or lineage.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama being presented traditional offerings at the start of his teachings at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, HP, India on June 7, 2016.
|Members of the audience listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama teach at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, HP, India on June 7, 2016. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching from Shantideva's text 'Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life' at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, HP, India on June 7, 2016.