Mcleodganj: The Dalai Lama accorded one-day teaching on Gyalsey Thokme Sangpos’s Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva (laklen sodunma) in the morning for Tibetan youth at the main Tibetan temple today.The Dalai Lama began the teaching by reflecting back to the historical time when the first civilization of human beings originated. His Holiness reminded the Tibetans scattered around the world to withhold their roots.
The Dalai Lama then spoke about the 7th-century king of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo who invented Tibetan script based on India’s Sanskrit script and later during the reign of King Trisong Dhetsen of Tibet, on the advice of Shanta Rakshita, the Tibetan language was first used as the medium to instill and spread Buddhism in Tibet. Likewise, many works of literature and texts covering vast and profound knowledge of ancient Indian literature were also translated into Tibetan.The Dalai Lamaacknowledged that he is eternally indebted to the ancient Nalanda masters and scholars. Bringing us to the present time, The Dalai Lama further admired and extolled on the secularism in India for promoting and respecting freedom of religion to everyone.
Admiring the great 17 masters of Nalanda tradition, His Holiness said “we can tell it from their writings that they are great masters, not by their miracles or anything like that. The great writings of the masters can still be studied to date”.
The Dalai Lama elaborated Buddha’s three turnings of the wheels of Dharma and emptiness according to which, the emptiness refers to not nothingness but something which we can not identify when we further break down the object that we can see, which also means they do not exist the way they appear to us. This concept of emptiness is also accepted in Quantum Physics.
The Dalai Lama further taught about the objective clear-light and subjective clear-light under the turning of the wheels of dharma. He also covered the second turning of the wheel which is the perfection of wisdom teaching.