His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited Drikung Kagyu Institute on 14th of September. At 11.45 His Holiness arrived at the Songtsen Library. There His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, together with the director of
the Songtsen Library, the director of the DKI, the principal of the Kagyu College, the director of the Samtenling Nunnery, and all the staffs members, teachers and students of the Drikung Kagyu Institute gave a heartily welcome to H. H. the Dalai Lama in a unique traditional way.
At 12 am both Holiness had lunch at the residence of H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang at Songtsen Library. The VIP guests had lunch at the lunchroom of Songtsen Library, and rest of the guests had lunch at Kagyu College.
At 1 pm, H.H. the Dalai Lama paid a visit to Kagyu College. There, the Dalai Lama was received with warm welcome by the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang all the staffs, monks and nuns of Jangchubling Monastery. Right after the Dalai Lama took his place on the throne the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang made a mandala offering to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a token of thanks for kindly visiting Drikung Kagyu Institute, and made prayers requesting teaching and advices. Sweet fried rice and tea were served for all.
In his speech, the Dalai Lama said he has been here a few years ago and then he was happy having seen both the Holiness, the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and the Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, and now again he was fortunate to be able to come here personally and meet with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and all the monks and nuns of Jangchubling Monastery. The Dalai Lama was overwhelmed by the fine portraits of the great Indian Masters, Acharya Nagarjuna and so forth, as well as the great Tibetan masters adorning both side-walls of the main temple of Kagyu College. In addition the Dalai Lama expressed his opinion that this is a fine place for studying, and that we need to study the teachings of those great masters of the past, the core heart teachings of the Buddha. The Buddha’s teachings may be divided in two categories, on the one hand the proper teachings (sutras and so forth) and on the other hand actualization (realization). Tibetan Buddhism is so advanced because it encompasses the teachings and philosophy of those great thinkers, philosophers, and highly realized beings such as Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Dingnaga, and so forth of the glorious Nalanda University of the past in India.
Expressly His Holiness the Dalai Lama said: “Once I have met with the notes scientist Mr. Raja Rama, who told me he had read the texts of Acharya Nagarjuna and that he was surprised to learn how advanced Buddhism is and that is even encompassed the theory of modern Quantum Physics more than 2000 years ago.” Though science and technology have made enormous progress during the past 200 years, they still only offer partial knowledge to solve the problems of humanity and they would never be able to solve the problem completely. Indeed science and technology at times add evils or multiply the problems of humankind. This proves that the nature of reality is not completely understood. Buddhism has a holistic perspective, which can be described as a view from all sides. It is not a stance just on the aspect of health, not just on finance, not just for humanity, but for all sentient beings, it is the understanding of the true nature of reality as a whole. The doctrine of interdepend origination is to understand all the objects and events as results of causes and conditions and everything as connected or interrelated, therefore we have an another name for Buddha which is “The Omniscient”. His Holiness added that we are very fortunate to have all these precious teachings and our youngsters need to learn and practice these teachings and pass them on to the next generation for the benefit of all sentient beings.
In order to fully accomplished this knowledge, first we need to listen to these teachings and to study them carefully and so gain the wisdom of listening. Secondly we need to contemplate on the teachings and thus gain the wisdom of contemplation. Finally we need to actualize or realize the teachings and thus gain the wisdom of meditation. The purpose of the teachings of the Buddha is to become good human beings and be of benefit for all sentient beings.
Finally, His Holiness the Dalai Lama fully rejoiced over the activities of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang for having been able to found such institutions in a very short period of time, and he prayed for the wellbeing of all
sentient beings. He gave the advise to all the staff members, teachers, monks, and nuns of Drikung Kagyu Institute to truthfully and serve sincerely serve the Drikung Kyagon Chetsang.
At 2.45 pm, the Dalai Lama visited Drikung Kagyu Jangchubling Monastery, took a rest and spent the night at the monastery. Early in the morning of the 15th, the Dalai Lama visited Celment Town for teachings. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is supposed to remain here in Dehradun for three days and then go back to his residence in Dharamsala.