On 8th October 2012, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang was invited by the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Choglamsar as a chief guest at the opening ceremony for the newly built Nagarjuna Hall of the Institute.
His Holiness arrived there at 10.30. and was received with warm welcome by Dr. Wangchuk Dorji Negi, the Director of the Institute and all the staff and students. Chaired by His Holiness, there were many Rinpoches and Tulkus, monks and nuns, Mr. Rigzin Spalbar, Chief Executive Councillor of Leh, Ladakh, the president of Ladakh Buddhist Association, the president of Monastery Association, with all the members and representatives of different association, and staffs and students of the Institute. Holiness alighted up the lamp as a sign of peace and wisdom, the Mangalacharan was chanted by a group of students.
Thereafter the Director of the Institute thank His Holiness for gracefully visiting the Institute and blissfully offering the Buddha’s Canon written in gold for the Institute, and praised to His Holiness’s Dharma activities which flourished far and wide. His Holiness did consecration for the Buddha’s Canon and Mr. Stanzin Spalbar expressed his satisfaction and happinesss about the completion of the Hall and newly arrival of the Buddha’s Canon at the Hall. He further added that this is actually very fortunate for all the people of Ladakh and on behalf of all the people he thanked Holiness for kindly offering the Buddha’s Canon. His Holiness gave brief history about the Canon stating that this Buddha’s Cannon was first came into existence during the period of King Khangshi in China, the king was actually from Monglian race, and in order to preserve Buddhism and his mother had also great devotion in Buddha’s teachings he put his effort to write this Canon in gold and remained in the king palace.
During and 2nd World War and later during the Cultural Revolution when all the valuable objects were shifted to safer places, the canons were secretly taken to Taiwan for safety and then put in the Palace Museum in Taiwan. During His Holiness' visit to a Museum in Taiwan, some years back he saw the Canon, and he appealed the president stating that Songtsen Library is the Center for learning Buddhism and in the process of collecting Buddha’s teachings, and also other invaluable Dunghang Manuscript and so on. Finally as a result we have now here the Buddha’s Cannon, so that teachers can teach to their students.
His Holiness emphasized that while teachings, teacher should never impose his or her students according to his own knowledge, he should teach on the basis of students or the level of students understanding, otherwise it would be just show off his knowledge. H.H. added that Western Modern style for teachings is good and we should adopt this kind of technique to teachings, asking questions from students and even discussions. Holiness finally said that with the external development we should also upgrade our inner values and teachings. After Lunch, as invited by the Mahabodhi Society in Leh, Ladakh, H.H. paid a visit and gave teachings to all the students and also did water cleansing puja around the society. On 9th H.H. visited Taru and gave Long Life empowerment, water cleansing puja for the newly built Drikung Kagyu Monastery.
Report by the Private Office of HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.