By Tenzin Monlam
His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Jataka tales teaching at the courtyard of Tsuglagkhang on March 2, 2018. Photo-Kunsang Gashon
DHARAMSHALA, March 2: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that it is very important for every Tibetan belonging to the three provinces and the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon tradition to remain united and strong. The Tibetan leader was speaking during the Jataka tales teaching at the courtyard of Tsuglagkhang today.
Recalling the decline of Tibetan empire following the Langdarma’s reign, His Holiness said, “It is of great importance for the three provinces to stay united. Historically, Tibet, when united as one, was one powerful nation under the reigns of great Tibetan emperors.”
The Dalai Lama today asked the Tibetans to consider coming into exile as a blessing in disguise to realize the importance of unity amongst Tibetans belonging to all the three traditional provinces and stay harmoniously both in times of trouble as well as joy.
“Since coming in exile, the heads of all major religious traditions have been in constant contact and have developed a close bond, which is unlikely in Tibet. As a result, it is also bringing positive changes in Tibetans inside Tibet and sense of unity amongst them,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said.
The octogenarian leader also reminded that Tibetan is the only language that can properly explain the teachings of Buddha and the Nalanda masters.
He said, “One of the main reason the three provinces remained united is our language, which is used in explaining the Buddhist canon - Kangyur and Tengyur. We may have different dialects in different parts of Tibet but we have one common script.”
Being a strong advocate of inclusion of secular ethics in school curriculum, His Holiness emphasized that similar to physical health, emotional health must be addressed as well. He said, “To address emotional health it is best to rely on the ancient Indian knowledge.”
The annual teaching falls on the fifteenth day of the Tibetan New Year. The tradition of reading one of the Jataka Tales, the stories of the Buddha’s previous lives as a Bodhisattva began with Je Tsongkhapa, who in 1409 founded the Great Prayer Festival, the Monlam Chenmo.