PATNA: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has asked his devotees not to get “disheartened” saying his blessing were always with them.
“Please don’t get disheartened. My blessings are always with the people of Tibet. I pray for the prosperity of Tibet and good health of my followers,” Dalai was quoted as saying in a local daily on his arrival at Bodh Gaya on Wednesday.
He asked his followers in Tibet to recite prayers during January 10 to January 13 when he will confer the Kalckakra. He announced to offer prayers for the Buddhists from China as well.
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has accused Chinese government of preventing Tibetans from attending the Kalchakra puja.
“Chinese administration has banned the pilgrims from visiting Bodh Gaya to join the puja. The people in Chinese government are active in Nepal and the Tibetans willing to enter India en route Nepal are being held up in Nepalese cities,” a senior Tibetan Youth Congress leader Tenjing Jyngme was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times today.
According to him, thousands of Chinese Buddhists and disciples of Dalai Lama who had registered for their visit have now cancelled their registration over harassment.
The 10 day-long event starts in Bodh Gaya from January 2. Earlier it was to start from January 3 but now its date has been advanced keeping in view requests from the devotees.
Around a million Buddhists from places such as USA, Britain, Germany, France and Switzerland are expected to attend the Kalchakra puja.
During this occasion, Dalai will give preliminary teachings on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and Kamalashila’s The Middling Stages of Meditatio, from January 6 to 8.
On January 9, the Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery. His Holiness will confer the Kalachakra Initiation from January 10 to 13.
On January 14, a long life empowerment and offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness will be performed.
The office of His Holiness has suggested the devotees to arrange FM radios sets on their own to listen to the translation saying it will not be possible to get radios in Bodh Gaya.