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Dalai Lama begins teaching for Mongolians

December 24, 2007

Phayul
Saturday, December 22, 2007
By Phurbu Thinley

Dharamsala, December 22: His Holiness the Dalai Lama began a five-day
teaching at the Main Temple (Tsuglagkhang) at the request of Gandan
Thegchenling Monastery of Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

After the five days' teachings, on the morning of December 27, the
Mongolian Buddhist group will organise a long life offering ceremony to
the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Some 250 Buddhists from Mongolia, mainly monks from the monastery, are
attending the teachings. Hundreds of Tibetans and, a sizeable Buddhists
from Korea and western countries, and some Chinese Buddhists attended
the first day teaching here today.

Accordingly, simultaneous translation of the teachings is made available
in English, Mongolian, Chinese and Korean on FM channels.

Of the five days, the initial two days’ teachings, between 1300hrs and
1600hrs, are devoted to conferment of the 13 Deity Yamantaka Initiation
(Lha Chusoom Jigjey Kawang). His Holiness will formally give teachings
on Lobsang Choekyen’s Lama Choepa (Guru Puja) on December 23 to 26 from
0800 hrs to 1130hrs.

Tenzin, a monk student from the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, said
that an initiation is a must before carrying out a formal teaching of
Guru Puja. “His Holiness has decided to confer Lha Chusoom Jigjey
Kawang, one of the highest tantric initiations, for two days this time”,
Tenzin says.

Throughout the Lama Puja teachings, attendees are expected to maintain a
commitment to recite the Six Sessions of Guru Yoga (Thundruk Lamai
Neljor) and Lama Choepa on daily basis.
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