By Tenzin Sangmo
Monks debating in front of the stage as His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives at the teaching venue in Manali, HP, India on August 13, 2019. Photo by Tenzin Choejor
DHARAMSHALA, Aug 13: His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama addressed a huge gathering of devotees in Manali this morning.
He will give teaching on Nagarjuna’s Commentary on the Awakening Mind (Jangchup Semdrel), the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas (Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s laklen sodunma), and the Eight Verses on Training the Mind (Geshe Langri Thangpa’ Lojong Tisg Gye ma) on Tuesday and Wednesday and a Bodhichitta initiation (Chenresig Wang) on August 15, Friday. Watch live here
After greeting the large crowd of devotees gathered at the MC-Manali parking ground this morning, His Holiness spoke about the inception of Von Ngari Monastery in Manali and gave a general introduction to Buddha’s teachings.
Devotees at His Holiness' teaching in Manali, August 13, 2019
He praised the monastery’s abbot Gomang Khensur Lobsang Samten Rinpoche for taking the responsibilities of building the Von Ngari Monastery in exile which is part of Nga Dak Gyal Sum monasteries in Tibet.
“In Tibet,” he recalled, “Ngari Monastery was built by a group of monks who came from Ngari and built the monastery at Ön during the time of Gendun Gyatso, the second Dalai Lama.
He said the Nga Dak Gyel Sum, collectively conducted the great summer prayer ceremony.
His Holiness acknowledged the existence of a sizeable number of local people interested in Buddhism in the region. “Most Garsha, Khunu locals are Buddhist.”
He reiterated, “Whether one believes in Buddha’s teaching or not depends on one’s own inclination and ability. I don’t tell nonreligious people to be religious or say Buddhism is the best to those who practice religion.”
His Holiness advised the devotees to go through the texts of the teachings to become more familiar and added, “once you are familiar, then the implementation depends on the practice of kind-heartedness, with emptiness as its foundation.”
His Holiness has been staying at Ön Ngari monastery on Siyal road in Manali since August 10. He is going to be in Manali till August 27.