Buddhism teaching

Dalai Lama leads Medicine Buddha prayer service, resumes teaching young Tibetans

(TibetanReview.net, Jun04’22) – On June 4, the Dalai Lama led a prayer ceremony for the Tibetan Buddhists’ holiest month of Saka Dawa, the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar on the full moon day of which the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and died. Earlier on June 1-2, the Dalai Lama delivered his introductory speech to Tibetan youth on Buddhism, an annual event especially for Tibetan students and schoolchildren, which has been disrupted for the past two years by the coronavirus pandemic.

The holy month started on May 31 and it was the second day Tibetans started to recite the mani mantra in the Tsuglakhang, Dharamsala’s main Buddhist temple, which will end with a prayer service of invocation to the Medicine Buddha. June 10. The gathering will accumulate a collective 100 million mani mantra recitations as this event approaches.

The Dalai Lama reportedly told the gathering that since Tibetans liked to take Mani Rilbu pills, he wanted to attend the prayer service for the invocation of the Medicine Buddha for his consecration.

Earlier, on June 1 and 2, some 9,500 devotees filled the temple and its courtyard to listen to the Dalai Lama’s teaching aimed especially at Tibetan youth.

The Dalai Lama followed the teaching with the granting of the initiation of Avalokiteshvara. On the fact that the initiation and the teaching were webcast live, the Dalai Lama said that he had received several inquiries from people, asking whether they could really receive the initiation through this medium.

And his response was, “Yes, if your faith and commitment are unwavering. Tibetans and Chinese Buddhists also have a special connection with Avalokiteshvara, so if your faith and bond of trust is strong, distance is not an issue. I will keep you all in mind as I go through the procedures.

As part of the preparations for empowerment, the Dalai Lama gave a teaching on “The Praise of Dependent Addiction”.