Final Day of Teachings for Taiwanese Group

October 6, 2017

His Holiness the Dalai Lama performing preparatory rituals for the White Tara Long Life Empowerment before the start of the final day of his teachings at the Tsuglagkhang in Dharamsala, HP, India on October 6, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor
His Holiness the Dalai Lama performing preparatory rituals for the White Tara Long Life Empowerment before the start of the final day of his teachings at the Tsuglagkhang in Dharamsala, HP, India on October 6, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor

His Holiness explained that the permission he was going to give came from the collection of the Fifth Dalai Lama’s Secret Visions. He reported that he received all 25 sections of this cycle of teachings from Tagdrag Rinpoche when he was young. It is a tradition that has been associated with all the Dalai Lamas after the Fifth.  He mentioned having completed the necessary retreat related to the Ka-gye, the Eight Herukas, and that since a handwritten copy of the Fifth Dalai Lama’s Secret Visions was brought to him in India, he has been able to teach from it.

In his preamble His Holiness reiterated that the Buddha’s teaching is based on reason, not blind faith. He touched on the importance of understanding the Two Truths and the Four Noble Truths, of engaging in the Three Trainings of ethics, concentration and wisdom and following the practices of the individual of small, medium and great capacity in due order. He observed that on the basis of such a foundation tantra employs the subtlest mind of clear light, the awareness from which all gross states of mind have been eliminated.

His Holiness first gave the lay-person’s vows to all who wished to take them and began to give the White Tara permission. At the appropriate point in the ritual he led the audience through a ceremony for generating the awakening mind of bodhichitta, followed by the Bodhisattva Vows. Once the permission was complete, the Taiwanese group recited the prayer for His Holiness’s long life composed by his two Tutors—Ling Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche.

Some of the more than 1300 Taiwanese Buddhists attending the final day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings at the Tsuglagkhang in Dharamsala, HP, India on October 6, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor
Some of the more than 1300 Taiwanese Buddhists attending the final day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings at the Tsuglagkhang in Dharamsala, HP, India on October 6, 2017. Photo by Tenzin Choejor

This series of teachings has been simultaneously translated into Chinese, English, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Hindi, Thai, French and German. The respective interpreters joined the organizers of the teachings in making final auspicious offerings to His Holiness.

At the last moment, His Holiness remembered that a nun had asked him to give a reading transmission of the ‘Prayer to the Twenty-One Taras’ and he read it aloud.

The morning concluded with an opportunity for members of the Taiwanese group to have their photographs taken with His Holiness.

Source: https://www.dalailama.com/news/2017/final-day-of-teachings-for-taiwanese-group