By Tenzin Dharpo
The Dalai Lama conferring the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment at the Zenith Center in Strasbourg, France on September 18, 2016. photo- Olivier Adam, OHHDL
DHARAMSHALA, Sept 19: The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama yesterday conferred the Chenresig wang (Avalokiteshvara empowerment) believed to be among the foremost Buddhist conferments to a packed Zenith centre in Strasbourg, France.
Emphasizing the need for a non-sectarian approach to Buddhist teachings and the Dhogyal spirit, the Dalai Lama recalled, “The 5th Dalai Lama described Dholgyal as a ‘perfidious spirit’ who harms the doctrine and sentient beings due to having made flawed prayers. Once I gave up having anything to do with Dholgyal I was able to receive explanations of Nyingma practices, including the ‘Secret Visions’, from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, which were very helpful.”
The Buddhist leader reiterated that although he recommends not worshipping the spirit, he had never said nobody should worship it, as it is a matter of personal choice and freedom. “I hear that some people report that I have said no one should do the practice of Dholgyal. That is not what I say. There are problems with the practice, which I know from my own experience, and that’s why I recommend people not to do it. But if someone wants to do it, they can. There are monks today in monasteries adjacent to Ganden and Sera who specifically follow the practice,” the egalitarian leader said.
Further adding, “What I do say is that Dholgyal broke his bond with the 5th Dalai Lama and has been controversial ever since. I’ve encouraged people not to do the practice, but I haven’t said that no one can do it.”
In the afternoon speaking to the public, the 81 year old Tibetan leader lamented that the present education system instead of teaching to be more compassionate, the emphasis has been on materialism. He said that his concern was shared by, “educationalists, scientists and other friends,” who “agree we need to take a different approach to promoting universal values based on common sense, common experience and scientific findings.”
The Tibetan leader today arrived in Wroclaw in Poland for a three - day schedule, the main highlight of which is an official event at the Wroclaw City Hall on the occasion of the city being the European Capital of Culture 2016. His Holiness will also meet with the Polish All Party Parliamentarians Group for Tibet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will also give interview for "Book of Joy'' launch that He is co-authoring with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams.