Dalai Lama to initiate 3000 monks to Buddhist order

News Bharati English    05-Jul-2016

Dharamsala, July 5: Following his much talked about US trip due to Chinese fury over meeting with Lady Gaga, the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama arrived at Doeguling Tibetan settlement in Mundgod in Karnataka, housing some ten thousand Tibetans spread across two major monastic universities, Gaden and Drepung and nine camps.

The 80-year-old spiritual leader will be bestowing full ordination vows to 81 monks each for the next four days, performing the vital ceremonial initiation for close to 3200 monks in total.

“Maintain the rigorous standards necessary to preserve this unique tradition”, he said.

The Dalai Lama was received by the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, the Abbot of Drepung Monastic University and representatives of the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement, the day before when he landed in Goa from New Delhi.

Ganden Tri Rinpoche, Supreme Head of the Gelug Order of Tibetan Buddhism, Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche and Abbots of all denominations were present during the arrival of the Dalai Lama at the Drepung Lachi assembly hall where he spoke on the importance of the Nalanda Buddhist traditions and also, beseeching them to "maintain the rigorous standards necessary to preserve this unique tradition,” according to official website.