New Delhi [India], Jan. 7 (ANI): Tibetan rights collective reports Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s visit to Bodh Gaya is “significant” for a number of reasons. The Dalai Lama’s visit should “be an opportunity for the world to ensure that the Tibet issue is not forgotten”.
More than 8,000 foreigners from 39 countries signed up for the mission, including groups of Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar. The Tibetan Rights Collective said the participation demonstrated the reverence the Dalai Lama enjoys among Buddhists around the world and the impact of Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy.
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The establishment of the Dalai Lama Tibetan-Indian Ancient Wisdom Center will focus on “the Indian tradition that took root in Tibet in the seventh century and was practiced and carried forward by the Dalai Lama, which is the embodiment of the important role of the Dalai Lama.” Played a role in protecting Indian wisdom and demonstrated “strong and stable India-Tibet relations”.
The center is the product of the Dalai Lama’s fourth lifetime commitment and will be one of the most trusted learning centers of its kind. The Dalai Lama’s visit to Bodh Gaya comes as the Chinese Communist Party is trying to interfere with the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation by sending Tibetan children to colonial-style boarding schools and closing Tibetan schools and monasteries, according to news reports.
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According to a report by the Tibetan Rights Collective, China has been exploiting Tibet’s natural resources, the threat of climate change is looming, and international organizations, including the United Nations, have been unable to hold China accountable for its crimes against humanity.
On the first day of teaching Nagarjuna Bodhi at the Bodhgaya Kalachakra shrine, the Dalai Lama shared his message of peace in the place where Gautama Buddha became enlightened 2,000 years ago, Tibetan Rights Collective reported.
The Dalai Lama said that the practice of bodhichitta is the essence of all the teachings of the Buddha. The Dalai Lama started a second teaching by chanting Mani and Tara mantras to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Representatives of the “Fire of Hope” project presented the Dalai Lama with a lantern lit by the Hiroshima Peace Flame. The project, presented to the Dalai Lama under the slogan “One Earth – One Prayer – One Flame”, hopes to change the world by “igniting a spark of hope and peace in the hearts of children”.
During his visit to Bodh Gaya, the Dalai Lama reiterated his call for a nuclear-free world. According to news reports, the Dalai Lama emphasized the importance of developing bodhicitta and understanding emptiness in Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha and other great masters practiced in the past.
When the Dalai Lama continued to read Nagarjuna’s “On Awakening”, he talked about the concept of “emptiness” explained by the Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna; “Just as the characteristic of molasses is sweetness and the characteristic of fire is heat, everything All phenomena are characterized by emptiness.” (Ani)
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