His Holiness the Dalai Lama began his first day teachings speaking on a basic introduction to Buddhism. From afternoon, His Holiness will teach on Tsongkhapa's "Destiny Fulfilled (tokjo dunlekma)" and Geshe Langri Thangpa's "Eight Verses of Training the Mind (lojong tsik gyema)."
"Today's teaching is mainly for the Buddhist followers from Russian republic Kalmykia, Buryatia, and Tuva, as your ancestors followed Buddhism for many hundreds of years," said His Holiness. "Many Buddhists from these regions in the last couple of decades became great Buddhist scholars after completing their studies from Buddhist institutions in Tibet."
Over 6,500 of devotees; Tibetans, Taiwanese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Mongolians, devotees from other Himalayan regions and more than 1300 Buddhists from Russian republic Kalmykia, Buryatia, and Tuva packed the main Tibetan Temple in Himalayan hill town to listen to the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Also among the devotees are a large number of foreign tourists from around sixty different countries including US and Europe.
The teachings are being translated into Russian, simultaneous translations in English, Chinese and Japanese, Japanese, Spanish and Korean are also made available on FM radio. Live web-cast of the teachings in English is available on the website of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and The Tibet Post International.