TIBET AWARENESS – MY NAGARJUNA CONNECTION
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gave 4-Day Teaching on Nagarjuna’s The Precious Garland of the Middle Way Path. I am pleased to share my connection with Acharya Nagarjuna who lived and preached in Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, India. My father served as Principal of Nagarjuna Government Arts College, Nalgonda during 1965-67.
I participated in Military Training Exercise near Nagarjuna Sagar Dam during January 1975. I visited that area again during 1979 while I served as Senior Regimental Medical Officer, Army Ordnance Corps Centre, Secunderabad.
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SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE
August 29, 2016
By Staff Writer
His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the first day of teachings for South East Asian devotees at Tsuglagkhang, 29 August 2016.
DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama today began a four-day teaching on Chapter II of Nagarjuna’s The Precious Garland of the Middle Way (uma rinchen trengwa) at the request of a group from Asia including Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam at the Tsuglagkhang. Over 5000 devotees from 57 countries had come to attend the teaching, of which 1200 were Buddhist monks and nuns. The remaining include devotees from Mainland China, India and local Tibetans along with 1500 from south east Asian countries of Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
The teaching began with a recitation of Sherab Nyingpo or Heart Sutra in different languages. His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeted all the devotees who come from different part of the world.
Emphasising the importance of Moral Ethics, His Holiness said: “Years of discussions with many scholars and educationist friends have led to the decision of coming up with a curriculum on moral ethics without touching any religious aspect.” His Holiness even mentioned a few Universities in western countries that have started a curriculum on it and suggested the practice of compassion and sense of oneness of humanity.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama being led to the Teaching venue by a representative of the South East Asian devotees, 29 August 2016.
His Holiness added that friendship is built on trust, and that trust can only be gained through love and compassion in the absence of pride, jealousy and malicious thoughts. “We should all keep our identity and religion aside and consider ourselves humans first. At the fundamental level, we all seven billion human beings are the same wishing for a happy life,” he said.
“It is matter of great sadness and loss if religion becomes a tool of these negative afflictions,” His Holiness noted.
The teachings will continue for the next three days culminating in a long life empowerment on the final day of the teaching on 1 September.
Devotees from 57 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, at the teaching.
Members of Tibetan public at the four-day teaching on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of the Middle Way at Tsuglagkhang on 29 August 2016.
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