(TibetanReview.net, Oct08, 2014) – More than 4,000 people are attending four days of religious teaching being given by Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at the Tsuglakhang, Dharamsala, India, beginning Oct 6. The teaching has been requested by a group from Taiwan from where some 800 are attending.
The Dalai Lama told the gathering not to forget the fundamental point that they are all Buddhists, that the differences between the different schools such as Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu and Nyingma are only minor and should not be over-emphasized.
“Due to overindulgence in one’s own sect and rituals, we tend to forget the common essence of our practice sometimes,” he was quoted as saying.
He suggested that all followers of Tibetan Buddhism focus on the Nalanda tradition, “which is the root of Tibetan Buddhism,” for this will ensure that “our common goals would be more unified.”
He told his Taiwanese disciples to pay attention to the fundamental teachings of the Buddha in order to “attain a deeper and purer level of understanding” rather than on the differences in details which distinguish the different schools.