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Dalai Lama gives teachings for Taiwanese Buddhists

October 16, 2009

By Phurbu Thinley
October 15, 2009

Dharamsala, October 15 -- His Holiness the Dalai
Lama on Thursday began giving Buddhist teachings
at the request of around 1000 Taiwanese devotees
at the Main Tibetan Temple (Tsuglagkhang) here.

The four-day teachings will cover The Diamond
Sutra (dorjee chotpa), Geshe Chekewa's Seven
Point-Mind Training (lojong dhondunma) and
Tsongkhapa's The Three Principal Paths (lamtso
namsum). On the last day, His Holiness will
confer the Avalokiteshvera Initiation (chenresig wang).

Over 4000 devotees, including more than 1400
foreigners and some 1500 Buddhist monks and nuns,
have registered for the teachings. Besides,
several hundred non-registered followers attended the teachings today.

Many waved their hands in joy and others were
seen folding their hands in deep reverence as the
74-year old spiritual leader arrived at the teaching venue early this morning.

Speaking in Tibetan through a Chinese translator,
the Nobel Peace laureate extended greetings and
thanked the Taiwanese and other devotees for
coming all the way to hear his teachings.

"It’s a wonderful opportunity to see many of you
again and I want to say thank you for coming all
the way here," the Dalai Lama said before started giving the teachings.

In recent years, Taiwanese Buddhists have been
coming to Dharamsala in large groups to seek
Buddhist teachings from the Dalai Lama. Around
the same time last year some 600 devotees from
Taiwan attended his teachings here.

Last month the Dalai Lama visited Taiwan, his
third time to the island state, to bless the
survivors of Typhoon Morakot, which left nearly
700 people dead after it hit the island on Aug 8.

During the visit, the Dalai Lama visited typhoon
disaster areas in southern Taiwan, comforted
survivors and held a prayer meeting for typhoon
victims attended by 15,000 people.

The Dalai Lama repeatedly said the visit was
entirely non-political, but China, as usual,
voiced objection and warned Taipei that the visit
would damage Taipei-Beijing ties, which have been
improving since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May 2008.

Next week, the Dalai Lama will again give
three-day teachings on "The Four Noble Truths"
(denpa shi) at the request of a group of
Southeast Asian Buddhists here at the
Tsuglagkhang. The teachings will start from October 20.
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