Bodh Gaya — Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, in an address at the 34th Kalachakra gathering, expressed his profound gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for conferring the 34th Kalachakra teaching at the request of Central Tibetan Administration, and also thanked the central and local Indian administration for support and assistance.
“On behalf of the Tibetan people, I offer my deepest gratitude and reverence to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for blessing us with the 34th Kalachakra Initiation. Secondly, I extend special thanks to Bihar CM Shri Nitish Kumar for taking a personal initiative and all the concerned authorities for providing us as much facilities and assistance as we sought in organising the Kalachakra.” Sikyong said.
Marking the soaring number of physical and virtual participation in the 34th Kalachakra teaching, he said. “On top of the 200,000 devotees attending the teaching here at Bodh Gaya, we have over 150,000 people from all over the world participating in the Kalachakra teaching through our live telecast. For those Tibetans who were not able to attend this teaching, CTA arranged a direct WiFi access and enabled thousands of Tibetans in over 15 Tibetan settlements to receive the teachings virtually from their respective settlements.”
“Most importantly, as His Holiness has affirmed, our brothers and sisters living inside Tibet can also receive the blessing of the Kalachakra teaching through prayers,” Sikyong exulted, welcoming the auspicious start of the 34th Kalachakra Initiation.
Sikyong further informed that the Tibetan spiritual leader is very healthy and urged Tibetans to continue their efforts in accumulating collective merit of Tibetan people.
“The Central Tibetan Administration has fervently encouraged Tibetans to accumulate and enhance collective merit of the Tibetan people inorder to ensure long and healthy life of our supreme leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The most effective means is through accumulating virtuous deeds and implementing his teachings.”
The Tibetan political leader prided the growing acclamation for His Holiness the Dalai Lama across the world and said His Holiness’ noble vision and thoughts are being implemented as models in schools and in the leading modern science communities.
Concluding his remarks, Sikyong appealed all devotees to participate in the teaching in good and kind spirit. “As attendees of the teaching, you are all now spiritual friends for this life and therefore begin the practice of His Holiness’ teaching from here and move on to spread to the world,” he told.
The Tibetan political leader also thanked sponsors of 34th Kalachakra, the staff of Central Tibetan Administration and volunteers for their selfless work.