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Dalai Lama Begins Teaching For Taiwanese Buddhists

October 1, 2008

Phayul
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dharamshala, September 30 – “Nyi How”, (Ch: How are you?) said the Dalai
Lama to a group of around 600 Taiwanese Buddhists who had gathered at
the courtyard of the Thekchen Choeling Tsukhlakhang to listen to his
teachings.

The 5-day teaching on Arya Nagarjuna's Commentary on Bodhicitta
(jangchup semdrel) and Kamalashila's the Middling Stages of Meditation
(gomrim barpa)is requested and facilitated by a Taiwanese Buddhist group.

Speaking in Tibetan through a Chinese translator, the Tibetan Buddhist
leader said that he has always wanted to benefit his dharma friends in
Taiwan through religious teachings and that he initially had plans to
make frequent visits to the Island. However, since the revival of
contacts with China in 2002, it has become difficult for him to visit
Taiwan. The Tibetan leader said that he will pray for a visit to Taiwan
and asked the Taiwanese followers also to do the same.

The Dalai Lama said that Buddhists must investigate the Buddha’s
teachings before practicing it. “You must understand the meanings of the
prayers you say, otherwise it is like saying ‘dry words’.”

The Dalai Lama used a few Chinese words occasionally making his audience
burst into laughter.

This is the third religious event that the Tibetan leader took part in
after his return from Mumbai where he was treated for exhaustion. His
October visit to Europe was cancelled as doctors advised him to take
‘good rest’. The teaching duration for a day is cut short to 2 sessions
of one hour thirty minutes with two hours recess between sessions.
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