Mcleodganj: The Tibetan spiritual Guru the Dalai Lama who turns 85 next month re-assured his followers that he would live to be around for more than 20 years and advised that the ceremony for generating bodhichitta be made into an annual event in the Tibetan monasteries. “I expect to be here to take part for the next twenty years or so, I’d like to request those of you in the monasteries in South India to make this an annual event,” he said.
Stressing the importance of the particular ceremony, the Dalai Lama pointed out that compassionate attitude born out of sound understanding of the Buddha’s teachings of emptiness is the answer to fulfilling one own’s interest as well as of others. And that the right attitude for taking care of oneself is in taking care of others. “We do have self-interest, but we need to be wisely selfish. People may be attracted by money and power, but having an altruistic attitude is more effective,” said the peace icon.
On the occasion of the most sacred and celebrated Buddhist festival of Saka Dawa, the Dalai Lama blessed Tibetans and millions of his devotees worldwide with the Ceremony for Generating Bodhichitta via live webcast from his Residential Palace. Falling on the fourth month of the Tibetan Calendar, Saka Dawa festival is marked to honour the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. The fifteenth or the full moon day is considered most sacred as it is associated with all three major events.