Dalai Lama begins 4-day Tantric teaching session in Dharamsala monastery

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has commenced his four-day-long ‘Tantric’ teaching session at a monastery in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh on Monday.

Thousands of Tibetans, including monks and foreigners, flocked to the Gyuto Monastery to attend the session.

The first day commenced with preliminary teachings. During the next three days, the Dalai Lama is expected to impart the highest ‘Tantric’ teachings.

A monk, Thubten Dauniue, described it as a rare spiritual discourse taking place after ten years.

“For us, this is very important because these teachings are very rare. This is the highest form of Tantric teaching not easily given or easily received, especially from the Dalai Lama,” said Dauniue.

The 14th Dalai Lama fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

Beijing, however, considers the Dalai Lama a violent separatist. The Dalai Lama says that he simply wants autonomy for Tibet.

A scheduled meeting between BJP president Amit Shah and the Dalai Lama on May 2 in Dharamshala was cancelled by the BJP leader at the last minute because the PM did not want the Chinese to be upset with the senior BJP leadership meeting the Tibetan spiritual leader they deem to be “splittist,” BJP sources confirmed.

“The prime minister will surely meet His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, upon his return from China. In fact, the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday is soon coming up in July…The BJP president cancelled his meeting with the Dalai Lama because the government did not want the Chinese to be upset with the meeting on the eve of the PM’s visit to China,” BJP sources said.

“His Holiness’ teachings are often translated in several languages, including Russia and Chinese. We have begun noticing that several Chinese from mainland China have begun to attend his teachings along with Taiwanese Buddhists,” a Tibetan leader said.

“India and China have a close relationship which is very important. Once they develop genuine friendship on the basis of vision, many issues can be addressed including the Tibetan problem,” the Dalai Lama was reported saying on Saturday.

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