Buddhism teaching

The Dalai Lama completes his three-day teaching in Ladakh

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, July 30: Exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama concluded a three-day teaching in the upper Himalayas in Ladakh on Saturday. Tens of thousands of worshipers from across the sparsely populated region attended the religious event at the Shewatsel field as the most important Buddhist figure gave teachings on by Shantideva ‘Way of a Bodhisattva’.

The octogenarian leader told congregants on Thursday that “happiness will come from the warmth of the heart” and that sometimes “your so-called enemy can be your best teacher”, citing the Chinese communists as an example. “Although the Tibetans have faced great hardship and misery at the hands of the Chinese Communists, I advise them not to harbor feelings of hatred or revenge,” he told the crowd on the first day, adding that retaliation will not help lead a happy life.

“Keeping our Buddhist cultural heritage alive in the Himalayan regions will naturally benefit the Tibetan people. Our struggle for freedom and dignity is based on truth and justice and will be best achieved by relying on ‘ahimsa’ [non-violence]“, he further pointed out.

The Nobel laureate also spoke about the close relationship between the Ladakhi and Tibetan empires, stressing the importance of the Ladakh people in preserving their cultural heritage through the study of Buddhist texts. “The people of Ladakh and Tibet have had very close relations since ancient times. If the people of the Himalayan region, from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, are able to preserve their Buddhist cultural heritage, they will make a great contribution to the flourishing of Buddhism in the world.

The three-day teaching in Ladakh marks His Holiness’ first visit to the region since 2019. Earlier this year, a Ladakhi delegation visited the Tibetan leader at his residence in Dharamshala and extended an invitation to him to visit Ladakh. .