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Dalai Lama begins teachings for "Korean Dharma friends"

August 6, 2008

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul (India)
August 4, 2008

Dharamsala, August 4 -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Monday began
three-day Buddhist teachings at the Main Tibetan Temple
(Tsuglagkhang) at the request of a Korean group, which he referred to
as "our Korean Dharma friends".

The revered Tibetan spiritual leader greeted the Korean group before
giving teachings on Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (Tib:
jangchup lam kyi drolma). "I extend my greetings to our Korean Dharma
friends," he said.

In his introductory talk, His Holiness referred to Chinese, Korean,
Japanese and Vietnamese Buddhists as senior followers of Buddha
Dharma, and described Tibetans as junior followers, saying Buddhism
flourished in Tibet at a later time.

"So we (Tibetans Buddhists) are junior followers," he said, adding
"But we are all followers of same Buddha Dharma."

His Holiness specifically mentioned that Tibetan Buddhism was somehow
linked to Korean Buddhism as Woncheuk is well-known among scholars of
Tibetan Buddhism for his Commentary on the Sam.dhinirmocana-su-tra.

The Dalai Lama said Tibetans earlier thought the Commentary was work
of a Chinese scholar since the Tibetan version of it was translated
from Chinese text, but later found out it was actually a work of a
Korean Buddhist monk.

Some 3700 or more people attended the first day teaching today. The
attendees include Tibetan Buddhist monks, nuns and lay people, and
some 300 Koreans and over 1400 visiting tourists, including some
Chinese Buddhists.

The teachings, organised by are scheduled to be held from 0900hr to
1130hr in the morning and from 1300hr to 1530hr in the afternoon.
There will be two sessions on August 4 and 5 and only morning session
on August 6.

These teachings are being translated in Korean. Simultaneous
translations in English, Chinese and Japanese are also made available
on FM radio.
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