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Dalai Lama begins three-day teaching

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures as he gives a teaching at Tsuglakhang temple in McLeod Ganj, India, on 25 August 2013.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures as he gives a teaching at Tsuglakhang temple in McLeod Ganj, India, on 25 August 2013. Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 25 August 2013

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama began a three-day teaching at Tsuglakhang temple, calling for development of kindness to others.

He said kindness is the key to bring happiness in society, including one’s self. “Hurting others is cultivating bad karma, and helping others bring happiness.”

He said the meaning of dharma is to achieve happiness. Each of us as a social animal must use our intelligence to achieve happiness. Material development cannot bring lasting happiness.

Kindness is developed by tolerance and forgiveness, and there are different religious beliefs that teach this, and help people achieve happiness.

The three-day teachings had been requested by a group of Koreans Buddhists.

The texts are Tsongkhapa’s Concise Treatises on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment and An Overview of Tantra from Tsongkhapa’s Stages of the Path of Mantrayana.

The Dalai Lama spoke in Tibetan, which was followed by Korean translation for about 200 Korean devotees. There was simultaneous translation in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Russian languages.

Security was tight, as unlike in the past, no electronic devices were allowed in at all. This ban included radios, which people have used in the past to listen to translations.

Security has been tightened around the Dalai Lama and his temple following the serial bomb blasts in Bodh Gaya. It has been learned by security agencies that there have been terrorists threat to Tibetan monasteries.

The Dalai Lama was in Ladakh for three weeks earlier this month, where he sat in meditational retreat for the cause of Tibet.

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