Dharamshala: Making his first public appearance in Dharamshala after about two years since Covid-19 pandemic hit the country, Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, remembered former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
On the occasion of Great Prayer Festival on Friday, the 14th Dalai Lama in his address to the school children, said that he had requested the help of the then Indian PM to establish dedicated schools where Tibetan pupils could study in Tibetan.
He remarked that although they are physically in exile, Tibetans in India and elsewhere continue to feel close their own traditions, religion and culture. He said he does his best and that they too should do their best to preserve this legacy.
He also delivered teachings from the ‘Jatakamala’ followed by ceremony of “awakening mind of bodhichitta” at the main Tibetan temple, Tsuglakhang.
He said, “Destructive emotions cause unhappiness. If you can reduce them, you will naturally feel at peace. We Tibetans have a special relationship with Avalokiteshvara and the awakening mind, the intention help other beings and reach Buddhahood.”
Speaking on his health, the Dalai Lama said, “I had thought to go to Delhi around now to have a medical check-up. However, I don’t feel unwell, in fact I feel fit for anything, so I decided not to go.
“Usually, during the winter, I go to Bodhgaya, but again, this year I decided to relax and take things easy here in Dharamsala. I also threw a ‘mo’ that indicated that this would be the better thing to do.”