Though physically feeling old ,Dalai lama wish to work for next 10 or 20 years

Mar 01, 2018 21:23 | Tibet News

Dharamshala (Arvind Sharma 01/03/18

Over 875 nuns from over 40 nunneries , representing the five sects  of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon tradition from  across India, Nepal and Bhutan made history by organised a long life prayer offering for the Dalai Lama at Main Tibetan temple (Tsuglagkhang), outside dalai lama’s official residence in Dhatamshala on Thursday. Born on 6 July 1935, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, 82 years old now.

 Dalai Lama, who was present in the function said, “I am indeed happy that this offering is being made together by nuns of all five sects of Tibetan Buddhism. It is indeed applaud able”. Tibetan spiritual leader said that now Tibetan Buddhist nuns have also earned Geshe degree, the highest level of scholarship-previously regarded only for monks.

“I am very proud of your achievement and encourage all of you to pursue the highest scholarship in Buddhist study. This is the 21st century and we need to understand the Buddha’s teachings in the light of reason. After coming to India and reviving monasteries and nunneries successfully, I encouraged monks and nuns to pursue study of Buddha’s teachings, root texts and the five great treatises,”added Dalai lama.

He further said, “In the beginning when I spoke about awarding Geshema degrees, some were doubtful. I clearly told them that Buddha had given equal opportunity for both men and women to pursue Gelongma, and so should be the case for Geshemas.”

Dalai lama said that although physically he is old, he feels inspired to continue his work for next 10 or 20 years.

The  ceremony was attended by President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Chief Justice Commissioner Kargyu Dhondup, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Justice Commissioners, Ministers, members of Tibetan parliament, secretaries and officials of Central Tibetan Administration, and many

religeous leaders of Tibetan community and Indians.