By Tenzin Dedan
DHARAMSHALA, Sept 28: A significant chapter in the realm of Buddhist education unfolded on Wednesday as the foremost Buddhist figure His Holiness the Dalai Lama graced the inauguration ceremony of the Khamgar Druk Dharmakara College in Tashi-Jong cluster settlement in Northern India.
This newly established Buddhist institution holds the promise of advancing the study and practice of Buddhism, particularly focusing on the unique and precious teachings of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage. The Buddhist college aims to offer comprehensive education on the teachings of the eminent Pandita Kunchen Pema Karpo, encompassing interpretations of Tantra and Sutra, along with literature and language skills.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, addressing the gathering, expressed his profound happiness at being able to attend the event. He emphasized the resilience of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which has flourished due to the unwavering faith of the Tibetan people despite overwhelming restrictions imposed by communist Chinese forces in Tibet. His Holiness stated, “This Dharma tradition has neither declined nor become diluted because you have all worked hard.”
He went on to acknowledge the growing interest in Tibetan Buddhist knowledge and traditions not only among Buddhists in China but also among scholars and scientists worldwide. His Holiness noted, “Scientists in particular are interested in what we have to say about the workings of the mind and emotions and the nature of reality.”
The inauguration ceremony witnessed the presence of distinguished dignitaries, including Sikyong Penpa Tsering, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Kishori Lal (MLA of Himachal), Tibetan parliamentarians, and an audience of over 7000 attendees.
The President of the exile Tibetan government, Sikyong Penpa Tsering in his address shared plans of his administration to provide financial support for the students of the newly inaugurated college, reaffirming the commitment to the promotion of Buddhist education and the preservation of Tibetan heritage.