Summer teaching June 1-3, 2016
Tibetan Children’s Village is very fortunate to have been blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with a life changing program to have direct inter-action with His Holiness to learn about various tenets of Buddhism. This is the tenth year in succession where the youngsters get the golden opportunity to learn about basic Buddhist philosophy direct from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. All the senior students from various schools in the vicinity of Dharamshala including Mentse Khang, Sarah College and Sherab Gyasel Ling attend the program. We have huge number of participants from college going students from different colleges in India. We are very happy to have TCV Selakui class XI and XII students attend the program. This unique program is co-organized by TCV and Dharamshala Organization for the Introduction of Buddhism. As the number of attendants increase every year, TCV is becoming little too congested to fit in all the interested participants for the summer teaching program. As per the wishes of His Holiness, this year the venue for summer teaching was moved from TCV to the main temple in Thekchen Choling. About three thousand students were fitted in the main temple and another few thousand attendants occupied the main square in the temple. Three day teaching from 1st June to 3rd June by His Holiness the Dalai Lama was blessing for the students and ideal coincidence to start their summer break.
This year the teaching was on Domthonpa’s A Tree of Faith – A self-Exhortation from the Book of Kalam. His Holiness emphasized on the importance shedding ignorance by proper learning habits. Our normal mode of learning is through reading or from the words of teachers which has a shallow understanding of just the description or the meaning of words that will eventually fade with the passage of time. The time tested century old learning in our great monasteries is not only through listening to the teachers but consolidating your understanding with investigation and finally applying in your real life. His Holiness emphasized on the importance of learning through investigation and through application of logical deduction.
2016 summer teaching concluded with the initiation of Budhicitta and Jamphel Yang the Buddha of wisdom. As an expression of gratitude for completing the ten consecutive years of summer teaching for the youngsters the co-organizers TCV and Dharamshala Organization for the introduction of Buddhism offered Long life prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Everyone present rejoiced when His Holiness announced that same summer teaching will be continued next year: 2017 summer.