By Tendar Tsering
(Phayul photo/Norbu Wangyal)
DHARAMSHALA, November 29: His Holiness the Dalai Lama left for New Delhi earlier today to take part in an array of programmes including delivering the valedictory speech at the ongoing Global Buddhist Congregation which concludes Wednesday.
Buddhist practitioners and scholars from 32 countries including the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, the head of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism are attending the four-day Global Buddhist Congregation.
Gyalwang Karmapa addressed the Congregation on its second day and chaired a full-day session on “Environment and the Natural World: A Buddhist Response”.
Speaking on the Buddhist understanding of environment and natural world, Gyalwang Karmapa was quoted as saying that the environmental problems plaguing the world were man-made. The 17th Karmapa also stressed on the need for a proper understanding of the nature of interdependence in order to overcome human self-centredness.
On the sidelines of the Congregation, the Dalai Lama is also scheduled to receive the prestigious Dayawati Modi Award on Friday at the Shri Satya Sai Auditorium in the Indian capital in recognition of his “life time contribution towards universal peace, tolerance and social justice". Former recipients of the award, which is one of the highest honours in the country in the field of art, culture and education. Past winners of the award include Bharat Ratna Mother Teresa and Dr Karan Singh.
The Tibetan spiritual leader is also scheduled to deliver a talk on the “Art of Happiness” as part of the Penguin Annual Lecture Series to be held at the India Habitat Centre on Saturday.
Following his scheduled programmes in New Delhi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will leave for the Tibetan settlement of Gurupura (Hunsur) in the south Indian state of Karnataka.
His Holiness is scheduled to give teachings on Commentary on the Five Stages by Nagarjuna written by Panchen Lobsang Choegyan (rimpa ngapey drelwa) at the Gyudmey Tantric Monastery on December 5 and 6.This article has been re-edited on IST 12:15, November 30, 2011.