On Mongolian New Year, His Holiness Cherishes Strong Bond Between Tibet and Mongolia

MUNDGOD: Remembering hundreds of year old unique bond between Tibet and Mongolia, His Holiness the Dalai Lama extended his greetings to Mongolian students and devotees at Drepung Gomang Monastery on their New Year on 3 January.

His Holiness conveyed his greetings to monks studying Buddhism at Drepung Monastery and around 300 Mongolians who have travelled to Doeguling Tibetan settlement in Mundgod to attend his teachings.

“I express my warm greetings to ministers from Mongolia, foreign minister Zandanshatar Gombojav and Mr Voroshilov Enkhbold, Mongolian Ambassador to India, monks and lay people on the New Year. Tibet and Mongolia have a unique relationship dating back to more than hundred years. That relationship had widened as both Tibet and Mongolia faced great difficulties under communism, particularly immense destruction caused to Buddhism,” His Holiness said.

“However, the contacts gradually revived as Mongolia sends its monks and nuns to study in great Tibetan monasteries which were re-established by the Tibetans in exile. As for me, I visited Mongolia for the first time in 1979. Not only Tibet and Mongolia are same followers of the Nalanda tradition, but they are the only two who are carrying forward the pure form of that tradition among the world's hundreds of millions of Buddhists,” His Holiness added.

His Holiness underlined the importance of applying Buddhist science of logic in the teaching methodology in schools. “Nowadays, Western scientists are taking special interest in Buddhism and many of my friends among them have told me about the usefulness of using dialectics in teaching different subjects in schools. In the Tibetan schools in exile, we are preparing to teach subjects like science and mathematics using dialectics. If this becomes successful, then it would be very beneficial to introduce such method in schools in Mongolia. I have a good experience that the process of learning through analysis by using one's mind and logic is more meaningful.”

His Holiness said the diligence of the Mongolian students studying in Drepung Monastery would definitely make valuable contribution to the education system in their country.

Speaking on Dolgyal propitiation, His Holiness said over 99 percent of Tibetans have believe in me and they do that with reason. But a small section of Tibetans do not think about reason and remain in blind faith. It is my responsibility me to explain, but to listen to it is ones' own freedom.”

There are around 230 Mongolian monks at Doeguling Tibetan settlement in Mundgod, out of which majority are at Drepung Gomang Monastery in a separate unit called Samlo Khangtsen.

[Reporting by Sonam Tsomo of Tibetan Freedom]


His Holiness the Dalai Lama enjoying special Mongolian cookies made for the New Year at Drepung Monastery
in Mundgod, India, on 3 February 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is greeted by members of the family of Mongolian monks studying at Drepung
Monastery in Mundgod, India, on 3 February 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets Mongolian monks studying at Drepung Monastery on their New Year
on 3 February 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses (c) Mongolian monks studying at Drepung Monastery in Doeguling
Tibetan settlement in the southern Indian state of Karnataka on 3 February 2011. Mongolia's foreign
minister Zandanshatar Gombojav
is seen sitting on the right side of His Holiness the Dalai Lama


1 comment:

  1. Nice.. Long live his holiness Dalai Lam


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