(TibetanReview.net, May12’19) – More than 7,600 people are attending three days of religious teaching being given by HH the Dalai Lama over May 10-12 at the Tsuglakhang, Dharamsala. The teachings have been requested by devotees from Russia. The number of devotees increased substantially on the following days.
Apart from 1,100 from Russia – mainly from the Buddhist-majority republics of Kalmykia, Buryatia, and Tuva – there are devotees from 69 other countries as well, including 429 from India, 254 from Israel, 194 from the USA, 147 from Britain, 137 from Germany, besides a large number of local Tibetans.
This is the Dalai Lama’s first public teaching since he underwent treatment for a lung infection in New Delhi last month. The teachings are on Tsongkhapa’s The Three Principal Paths (lamtso namsum) and The Furthest Everlasting Continuum (gyu lama). They are being translated simultaneously in 12 languages and transmitted over FM radio bands.
Speaking on the background to the holding of the current teaching, the Dalai Lama has said, “Some time ago we would hold teachings for Russians in Delhi. Then some people told me that they couldn’t easily afford to come, so we arranged teachings in Riga, Latvia, that was easier for them to reach. Travelling that far has become difficult for me, so we thought of holding teachings in Delhi again. However, Delhi is hot and the air is polluted so here we are in Dharamsala once more where I hope you will enjoy the clean air and the pleasant weather.”
After the Dalai Lama’s morning session, the teaching was taken up by Yangten Rinpoche. The Dalai Lama suggested that the follow-up session be made interactive rather than that of just listening to the teacher.