Dalai Lama concludes teaching for Taiwanese group
Phayul[Saturday, October 05, 2019 21:51]
By Tenzin Sangmo

Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 5: His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the conclusion of three-day teaching today, reiterated his four commitments to over 7,000 people from 61 countries that included a sizeable number of Taiwanese Buddhists.

The Tibetan spiritual leader began by stating his belief that all seven billion people are the same and compassionate by nature as attested by scientists. He encouraged all to learn the power of compassion and other human values like forgiveness, tolerance and self-discipline.

“This is my first commitment as a human being and it doesn’t matter whether you are religious or not.”

As a religious leader, religious harmony is his second commitment, he stated. The Tibetan leader persuaded the audience to refrain from distinguishing as ‘us and them’ based on religion.

"As a Tibetan, I have a special responsibility because the Tibetan people rely on me,” he said as he transitioned to his third commitment, that is to the Tibetan cause.

He first expressed concern over the degradation of Tibet’s ecology and the repression of the Tibetan language under Chinese rule.

“Tibetan Buddhism, derived from the Nalanda school in the 8th century and preserved successfully in Tibetan translation of Buddhist canons in Pali and Sanskirt should be safeguarded.”

He called the existing ban on the Tibetan language in Tibet a sign of limited thinking that misses its potential to serve humanity.

Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
He, therefore, urged the Chinese devotees to communicate to their fellow Chinese the richness and importance of the Tibetan language as the most suitable medium for imparting Buddhism.

Reiterating the origin and mutually beneficial goals of the Middle Way Approach (MWA), he observed that Tibetans are largely nonviolent people and referred to more than 155 self-immolators inside Tibet as an example of nation’s commitment toward nonviolence in the face of immense hardship.

His fourth commitment, a later addition, is to the revival of ancient Indian wisdom that he said the subcontinent is best positioned to achieve and combine with modern education.

“These are my four commitments that I felt like sharing with my religious friends today. Please keep these in mind and try to implement them,” he concluded.