On the first day of his visit to the settlement, His Holiness conferred Yamataka initiation at Dzongkar Choede monastery -- whose sister monastery in Tibet is one of the oldest monastery in Tibet.
Yamataka is what Tibetan Buddhists believe to be the wrathful manifestation of Manjushri, Buddha of wisdom. The practice which to Buddhist believers -- serve as an antidote to ignorance.
Earlier, speaking to a group of Vietnamese-American attendees, The Dalai Lama said while alluding to the tortuous war-torn years in Vietnamese history: "You have been very wonderful and very strong; you try to keep your own tradition.
"I am very happy to confer this initiation. I received this initiation from my tutor Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche," he added.
When asked to speak to TPI, Tha Va, one of the Vietnamese from Houston said: "I am very glad to have this opportunity to receive this initiation from His Holiness. Dalai Lama is very close to my heart and many Vietnamese people are studying under him.
"We feel very close to the Tibetans because of our shared struggle,"she added.
He is scheduled to teach at Gyumed Tantric University after conferring Yamataka initiation at Dzongkar Choede Monastry.