DHARAMSHALA: At the invitation of the Himalaya Pariwar, Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok attended ‘The Buddhist Circuit Meet and Puja for World Peace’ as a guest speaker, at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office, Kangra today.
Other guests at the event were the Tibetan Settlement Officer Mr Dawa Rinchen, founder of the Himalaya Pariwar and a patron of the Indo-Tibet Friendship Association Mr Indresh Kumar, President of the Tibetan Women’s Association Ms Doma Yangchen, Ven Lobsang Soepa from Kirti monastery, Professor Chandra Mohan, representatives of the Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Gu Chu Sum and representatives from Indian organisations.
The Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile extended greetings to the members on behalf of all the Tibetans.
Speaking on Buddhist heritage of India, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok said that Buddhism is India’s precious resource and its value needs to be realised by the Indian people, irrespective of their religious affiliations.
“India is the land where Buddhism originated. Lord Buddha was an Indian prince who abandoned all materialistic pleasures to find the ultimate truth of life. His teachings today have immense significance for peace and harmonious living. In the Himalayan regions of India, Buddhism is still widely practiced and preserved, especially in the Indian Himalayan regions of Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Spiti, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh,” he said, urging more attention on preservation of Buddhist heritage and culture in India.
He mentioned the importance of studying Buddhism as a science using one’s logic and reason, educating love and compassion to the new generation through a holistic education system, and promotion of religious harmony as a whole, as envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He further spoke about the recent meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the US President Barack Obama and the spiteful reaction it drew from the Beijing government. “Although His Holiness the Dalai Lama is meeting Obama in his capacity as a religious leader, China has warned the US against hosting him at the White House, accusing them of meddling in its domestic affairs,” he said.
Acknowledging the long-standing support and solidarity extended by Mr Indresh Kumar as a founder of the Himalaya Parivar, the deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament expressed deep gratitude to the organisation and urged that the hundred fire pujas for peaceful resolution of Tibet issue and the world peace be performed as advised by the Nechung oracle. He also applauded the local Indian community for their reverence for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and respect for the Tibetan administration in Dharamshala.
The Tibetan settlement officer Mr Dawa Rinchen also addressed the gathering. He spoke about the shared culture and belief among the Tibetan people and people of the Indian Himalayan regions.
Mr Indresh Kumar, founder of the Himalaya Pariwar congratulated the members for taking part in the meet and expressing their support for preservation of Buddhist culture and heritage in the Indian Himalayan regions.
In his keynote address, Indresh Kumar voiced strong need for securing the Himalayan regions of India through its culture and religion. He also added that Tibet as India’s natural neighbor has a strong influence on the sustenance of Buddhism. He highlighted the upcoming socio-cultural campaigns to be launched by the pariwar in the coming year, as a move to strengthen Buddhist communities in the Indian Himalayan regions.
“To ensure security in the Himalayan regions, promotion of peace and harmony is a must, which can be achieved through all of us unitedly preserving Buddhist practice, teachings and heritage sites in the Indian Himalayan regions.” Mr Indresh announced that the Himachal Parivar will be taking part in two yatras this year and a social campaign promoting purely traditional celebration of all religious festivals without the use of Chinese-made products.