61 foreign nationals atteded Dalai Lama teachings

Sep 04, 2013 18:50 | Tibet News

Foreign nationals from 61 countries attend Dalai Lama teachings which will conclude today

Yogesh Puri

Dharamshala: Tibetan spiritual leader would conclude teachings to the Southeast Asians today (Thursdaynoon. Tibetan administration have maintained that over 6000 devotees from 61 countries, including at least 450 guests from Southeast Asia, has attended the teachings of the Dalai Lama on Shantideva's "A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life" at the Main Temple in Mcleod Ganj near here.

The teachings were held at the request of disciples from Southeast Asia who were warmly welcomed to the exile home of the esteemed spiritual leader. It will conclude with the question answer session after lunch. Dalai Lama would be leaving to foreign countries for his teachings mostly in Europe are concluding these teachings.

Itineraries at the Dalai Lama office cited that teaching began at 8am with the recitation of 'Sherab Nyingpo' (Heart Sutra) by the Buddhist guests. Dalai Lama warmly welcomed His disciples, and reiterated the need for different religious traditions to foster respect and harmony for each other.

Dalai Lama said emphasized that though material development is necessary,   as for this body so some facilities are needed to bring physical comfort and it is very important. But if all our physical and mental energy concentrates only on material values, then it is quite unfortunate as we have this marvelous human intelligence, he said.

"The world also has a considerable number of people who don't believe in religion and like the believers, they too want happiness. So, it is very important to respect each other and practice warm-heartedness and morality, which are sources of happiness and peace of mind", he said.

The focal text Shantideva's "A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life" consists of a long poem describing the process of enlightenment from the first thought, to full Buddhahood, and is still studied by Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists.