What’s there in wandering around the world if not to come to across the most meaningful experiences? One such touching experience is the unique opportunity to attend the Dalai Lama’s peaceful teachings in the quiet city of Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.
Ocean of Wisdom – Dalai Lama is the designation given by Tibetan Buddhists to the most prominent leader of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the current Dalai Lama whose birthday falls on 6th July. With a world of political and spiritual knowledge, the Dalai Lama is a source of valuable wisdom. His message of universal love, responsibility, compassion and kindness brings a sense of order to a chaotic world-system.
This simple yet sublime program that touches upon the most significant lessons of Buddhism is a powerful push towards a more purposeful life. Come only as a curious traveller, you will have left here with a much deeper life-lesson and gratitude.
Unlike any ordinary happening, this moment is sought after by people from all around the world and is one of the most enchanting memories to hold onto. This year His Holiness, the Dalai Lama will be conducting teaching programs from May to January, except the month of August.
The teachings from May-November will be held at Dharamsala, and the teachings in December and January will be held at Bodhgaya, Bihar. An exceptional chance to get a deeper look into the teachings of Buddhism and hear the compassionate words of the Dalai Lama – This is one such affair that will leave its mark on your mind for a lifetime.
An enlightenment-seeking religion, Tibetan Buddhism, is a mix of the many orients adapting elements from the Indian Buddhism, Tantra, Shaivism and Japanese Zen. Tibetan Buddhism has many a facet and most of all focus on creating good in the world and finding peace within.
It’s remarkable how simple yet intricate the teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist faith are. His Holiness’s teachings echo of Sunyata or Emptiness. Learning about the impermanence of life and the temporariness of the good and bad on earth is quite a puissant journey towards hope and happiness. You will be surprised how a few quiet words can create such an impact.
While you are here, wander in and around Dharamsala for a complete cultural experience. The Norbulingka Institute is a sublime cultural centre amidst fresh greenery. The institute has a colourful temple, a giant thanka and a serene gilded statue of Buddha.
Take a stroll noticing the artisans working on metal statues, and stop by at the doll museum to learn about the traditional culture. About 45 km away from Dharamsala is the artsy town of Andretta. Make your way to the pottery school for a peaceful experience of making earthen clay pots, and make a visit to the Sobha Singh Art Gallery.
If you have the time, spend a day in Kangra. Fields of yellow flowers, friendly locals and humble mud houses – The town is a breath of fresh air. Before you leave stop by the Kangra Fort, which is a significant historical monument with a great mythological history.
Most of all, remember to be present and let yourself grow from the experiences you have here. A once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into the teachings of the Dalai Lama is a pocket of magic in an ordinary world!