By Shalini Sinha
BODH GAYA: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Thursday addressed a small group of pilgrims from Tibet and described them as “a source of inspiration”.
“You were a source of inspiration to Tibetans in exile,” Dalai was quoted as telling the Tibetan pilgrims in his official website.
Then, he spoke of the value of Tibetan religious traditions and stressed the need to study and develop a sound understanding.
He asked not to worry to those who had intended to attend the Kalachakra Empowerment if circumstances now made that difficult.
He assured them that as he gives the Empowerment, he will think of them and keep them in mind, so they can feel confident that they have received its blessings. He mentioned a precedent from the time of the Buddha when, because of circumstances, monastic ordination was given from a distance.
His Holiness also led the pilgrims through a short ceremony for generating the awakening mind of bodhichitta and gave them transmission of the mantras of Buddha Shakyamuni, Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri and Arya Tara.
Later, he visited Mahabodhi temple and offered prayers to Buddha. Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment in the 6th century BC.
Soon after offering prayers, Dalai sat under the sacred Bodhi tree and also offered prayers, meditating for a while.
He didn’t talk to any devotee and just acknowledged their greetings. Dalai who arrived in Bodh Gaya on Wednesday for the 10 day-long Kalchakra puja is staying at the Tibetan monastery in Bodh Gaya.
Special security arrangements have been made by the Gaya district administration for Dalai Lama in particular and the other devotees visiting the land of Buddha to join the Kalachakra puja.
The Kalachakra organizing committee has also made elaborate arrangements for the event.
A dais measuring around 4,400 square feet has been prepared on the Kalachakra ground from where Dalai Lama will deliver discourse during the event of Kalachkra initiations beginning next week.
Live telecast of the teachings by Dalai Lama will be made in many languages other than English and Tibetan.
The district administration has also made elaborate arrangements for the event. Recently, a mobile app named Bodh Gaya Guide has been launched.
Anyone can download the app from Google Play Store. The app is equipped with the latest navigation feature using which one can get distance, direction and other details of an important place in Bodh Gaya.
It also provides ample information about hotels, monasteries, facilities for tourists and the devotees.
Image Courtesy: Official website of the Dalai Lama