LEH: Thousands of devotees from across the Ladakh region and beyond, including hundreds of foreign visitors, thronged the Jivetsal teaching ground as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama began 3-day teachings on Thursday days. During the three days, the Dalai Lama will give the teachings “Shantideva’s guide to the bodhisattva (chodjug) way of life”. His Holiness will also confer the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara (Chenresig Wang) which will be followed by a long life prayer to His Holiness offered by the Ladakh Buddhist Association and the Ladakh Gonpa Association on behalf of the people of Ladakh.
While emphasizing the importance of love and compassion in today’s world, His Holiness said with anger and negativity that world peace cannot be expected. “All religious traditions have the same message of peace and compassion,” the Dalai Lama said, adding that he will never ask the Tibetan people to use force to achieve the Tibetans’ goal. “We are determined to use love and compassion.” On the relevance of democracy in today’s world, the Noble Laureate said that changes are also happening in China and authoritarianism is outdated today. Speaking of the struggles that Tibetans had gone through to preserve their tradition in exile, the Dalai Lama said that they had finally managed to preserve the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism and philosophies by re-establishing major Tibetan monasteries, outside of Tibet, in the southern India. “We managed to preserve the Tibetan tradition in exile. The Tibetan tradition is not only about rituals, but it is very important to study the philosophies.